The Hilmar boys' basketball team is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 after clinching second place in the Trans-Valley League with a 61-48 victory over league rivals, Escalon High, on Thursday night.
National Signing Day saw two local football standouts commit to playing at the next level of competition. Pitman High's Chris Martinez and Turlock High's Nicolas Berry signed their official letters of intent on Wednesday after each received football scholarships to their respective four-year universities.
The first time Pitman and Atwater boys' basketball teams squared off on Jan.4, the game was decided by three points in a game where the Pride lost 49-46. The margin of victory was the same for Wednesday night's second Central California Conference battle between the two, but the winner was different.
Clay Harden (285) pinned his opponent and raised both of his fists in the air and yelled with excitement as his Hilmar bench all stood and cheered their teammate as he secured the Yellowjackets 35-30 thrilling victory over Escalon on Wednesday night from Sparks Gym.