Pitman High won the team title for the first time at Thursday's Central California Conference Championships and qualified 12 wrestlers for the upcoming Divisional Championships, earning seven gold medals in the process.
The California State University, Stanislaus softball team has already kicked off their 2015 season with a 2-2 record thus far, but there are many things that make this year much different for the Warriors and head coach Jan Schefkowitz, who has been with the team since 1992.
The Turlock High School gym saw a sold out crowd on Wednesday night for the regular season finale between the Bulldogs of Turlock and the Pitman Pride's boys basketball teams for one last cross-town showdown on the court.
Lindsey Vander Weide and Maddy Halteman have been teammates for years and friends for even longer. They started playing volleyball together in the 7th grade and quickly developed a one-two punch with Halteman acting as the setter to Vander Weide's outside hits. Their chemistry - on and off the court - continued to bud as they entered Pitman High and eventually blossomed this past season when the senior co-captains led the Pride to their best season in school history.
Pitman High and Turlock High both struggled through the Central California Conference this season as they dealt with inconsistency and strained to form team identities to rally around. Injury, illness and inexperience were just some of the issues both teams had to endure, but none of that seemed to matter when the players hit the court for the final game of the season on Tuesday.
Coming down to the final week of action, the Delhi High (7-3) boys varsity basketball team looked to make a final push for a postseason berth in their penultimate home contest on Tuesday night as they took down third-place Gustine (5-5) in a thrilling 47-43 victory.
The Pitman High wrestling team looked to make a statement at the Division I CIF Sac-Joaquin Team Section Dual Tournament Saturday, but unfortunately fell in the semi-final match to eventual winners - Folsom High - 27-32.
For the second year in a row, Pitman High has won the Central California Conference championship with a perfect 5-0 record in league duals, the most recent of which was earned against rival Turlock High via a score of 38-21 on Wednesday.
For the second time this season, the Turlock Christian High Eagles (10-13, 5-6) boys' basketball team met the top team in league - Brookside Christian (18-4, 11-0) - and once again felt the deficit as they lost 47-76 at home on Thursday night.
Four students from Turlock High and one student from Hilmar High signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, securing themselves a spot on collegiate rosters once their high school careers are complete.
In their final dual meet of the year, the Hilmar High Yellowjackets wrestling team was one victory away from potentially finishing second in the Trans Valley League but things didn't go as expected for the shorthanded team and instead with a score of 9-60, the 'Jackets dropped to third in the TVL.
The last time the girls of Turlock High faced Merced High on the basketball court the Bulldogs were beat by double digits in their second league loss in as many league games. Turlock continued to fall short in the Central California Conference up until last week when it earned its first league win of the season against rival Pitman High.
It was a war of attrition when Turlock High hosted rival Pitman High in the final Central California Conference girls soccer match of the season on Thursday. The Bulldogs (10-2-3 CCC) entered the match with only a half a game lead over Merced High and needing a tie or a win to secure their fourth consecutive CCC championship. Still, Turlock hit the pitch aggressively looking to end its season in the winner's column before ultimately finishing in a deadlock with the Pride, 0-0.
There will soon be a soccer shakeup in the Sac-Joaquin Section. After years of failed proposals to take boys and girls soccer out of their respective fall and spring seasons, the SJS board recently approved moving both boys and girls soccer to the winter season and align its schedule with the California Interscholastic Federation's official season of sport for soccer.
Pitman and Turlock High competed in the Central California Conference Center Meet in Atwater High for the third time this season, and for the third time in a row, the Pitman varsity girls won, while the boys boasted their second win in three meets on Wednesday afternoon.