It was all Ripon Christian High girls basketball in Thursday's Southern Athletic League showdown against Turlock Christian.
After competing in the tough Bulldog Classic this past weekend, the Hilmar High varsity wrestling team returned for action in a dual matchup against the smaller Modesto Christian squad on Wednesday night.
It was a dual match to remember Wednesday night when Pitman High traveled to face off against Golden Valley High in the Central California Conference season opener. The Pride and Cougars entered 2014 as two of the top contenders in the CCC, making Wednesday's dual a matchup of potential champions - and the two teams competed accordingly.
Turlock High signaled the beginning of Central California Conference competition with a lopsided 68-12 defeat of Atwater High in the opening league dual of the season Wednesday night. The Bulldogs rode seven pins, a pair of forfeits, a pair of tech falls, and one major decision to victory as they downed the Falcons and positioned themselves alongside rival Pitman High atop the CCC standings.
In a preseason matchup the day after New Year's, the Turlock High girls' basketball team hosted the Central Valley Hawks in what started off messy on both sides offensively but turnovers quickly transcended into points for CV and things went downhill from start to end for the Bulldogs.
In their first two years in the Professional Arena Soccer League, the Turlock Express were able to notch back-to-back winning seasons that included a playoff berth at 10-6 in 2011-12 and a 9-7 mark last year.
Halie Bergman was a proverbial beast in high school. As Turlock Christian High's leader on the court, she helped guide the Eagles to a pair of Southern League championship and a pair of Division V State Tournament appearances, while averaging 24 points in her freshman and junior seasons before upping her average to 27 points her senior season. By graduation, Bergman has tallied a total of 1,761 points to set TC's school record.
The inexperienced Turlock High girls' basketball team showed its youth on Tuesday night after displaying a complete second half meltdown with a combination of turnovers and missed shots that led to easy points for the visiting Wildcats.
Turlock Christian High faced off against Stone Ridge Christian High for a game of pre-league basketball for the second time in eight days Tuesday night. While the location of the game was different, the outcome was not.
Cal State Stanislaus senior forward Karenee Demery was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year to headline the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America Team.
Wrestling is an old tradition at Hilmar High. Though the small school has had trouble with numbers in the past, a storied history rich with talent still persists in the minds of those who have grown up in the area.
It was a bit of downward spiral year last season for the Hilmar High boys' basketball team as they struggled with inexperience along with competing in one of the tougher leagues in the Trans Valley League.
To start things off this year, the Hilmar High girls' basketball team are 2-0 after posting an 18-9 overall stint along with a 5-7 Trans Valley League outing last season.
Delhi and Denair High have young up and coming wrestling teams but it does not mean that they lack talent, because they don't.
With the season underway for the varsity girls' basketball Southern Athletic League, we look at Denair, Delhi and Turlock Christian High's squads for the 2013-14 campaign with a new season, different team, and a disparate perspective.
After a 3-0 start in the Central California Conference this season, the Turlock High Bulldogs were looking to make it four straight league wins at home, but Golden Valley became the spoilers of the night as they topped the 'Dogs, 55-52, after a big stop at the end that included a questionable call.
Denair High's wrestling team has once again gained control if its destiny with Wednesday's 57-18 win over Delhi High. Having lost their first dual of the season to Waterford High, the Coyotes (2-1 SAL) were pleased to find out that the Wildcats were handed their first league loss by Mariposa High on Wednesday. Denair is now in position to claim a share of the Southern Athletic League Championship if it can beat Mariposa when the two schools meet next week.
Fresh off a tight loss to Atwater, the Pitman High girls' basketball was searching any way possible to pick up their first Central California Conference victory, but came up just short after an overtime thriller with Merced Thursday night.
Fresh off their first defeat to Buhach Colony, 29-36, last week in the Central California Conference opener, the Turlock High wrestling team bounced back on Wednesday night with their first league win of the season over Atwater High, 56-13.
Pitman High picked up its first Central California Conference win Wednesday night with a 59-45 defeat of visiting Atwater High. Coming off a loss to Golden Valley High that saw their boys allow 24 points in the fourth quarter, the Pride shored up its defense against the Falcons with bookend quarters, allowing only eight points in the first quarter and only nine in the fourth.
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