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 losing streak is finally over for the Pitman High (8-13, 1-6) girls' basketball team after Thursday's Central California Conference showdown at home.
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.
Since dropping their first Central California Conference matchup last week to Golden Valley in devastating fashion, the Turlock High Bulldogs have quickly responded by winning two straight.
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.
Hilmar's varsity football team opened league with a disappointing 52-35 loss to Trans Valley League rivals Ripon High on Friday night at home.
Coming off a shutout victory over Tracy in their previous game, Turlock High kept the same momentum rolling into their Central California Conference opener on ...
Pitman High girls' varsity tennis team is surging in the Central California Conference standings.
The only team that is going to beat the Hilmar boys' varsity soccer squad are themselves.
A weary start against Central California Conference foe, Merced High? No problem.
Pitman might have a younger varsity volleyball team this season as opposed to last, but they are still a dominant force in the Central California ...
Wednesday marked the halfway point of the Trans Valley League season for the Hilmar varsity volleyball team as they hosted league rival and second place ...
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