For the second time in as many weeks, Pitman High watched two of its student-athletes sign letters of intent and secure a future in athletics at the college level. Maddy Bowen and Alexis Mettler signed their respective letters for Chico State and the University of Deleware Tuesday afternoon in what has become a Pride tradition in the Pitman library.
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 U13 Rage Volleyball squad was led by two soon-to-be Hilmar High Yellowjackets, as they sent their youngest team of five to the USA Junior National American Championships which took place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center this past weekend and concluded on Monday.
John Cook won back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association championships as California State University, Stanislaus' men's golf coach and earned four CCAA Coach of the Year awards during his seven years with the Warriors, so it came as no surprise when the University of Pacific offered him the position as the Tigers' men's golf head coach.
The development of former Turlock High Bulldog Dakota Edwards has seen its ups and downs at the collegiate level but after an impressive summer baseball outing the previous week, the local right-handed pitcher seems to be on the upswing.
Lewis Gonzalez is officially a UFC fighter. Less than two months after requesting a release from his World Series of Fighting contract and putting his MMA career in a state of uncertainty, Gonzalez has been asked to fight on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL where he will face Brazilian fighter Leandro "Buscape" Silva.