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.
Pre-league play is already underway for Southern League teams Delhi, Turlock Christian, and Denair High. After finishing third, fifth, and eighth last season, respectively, the Hawks, Eagles, and Coyotes are ready to make a push towards improvement in what will be the final year of the existing SL lineup as three-time defending league champs Ripon Christian High will be moving back to the Trans Valley League next season.
Palpable history. That's what Trans Valley League rivals Hilmar and Escalon share.
Turlock's professional indoor soccer team, the Express, picked up their first loss of the season on Friday after hosting four-time defending champion San Diego Sockers.
In his second year as head coach for the CSU Stanislaus women's basketball team, Wayman Strickland has already led his team to as many wins as they posted all of last season in only the first two games.
The California State University, Stanislaus men's basketball team struggled last year at times, falling in close games, but this year head coach Larry Reynolds and company look to turn things around with a new team and a new year.
Hilmar High's volleyball team was one point away - twice - from claiming its first ever section title on Thursday in the Division-IV CIF Sac Joaquin Section title game at UC Davis.
Back to back section champions. That's the title Turlock Christian High now claims after Thursday's defeat of Stone Ridge Christian High, 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-6, 25-17), in the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section final match at UC Davis.
It has been over six years since the last water polo all-star game took place between the Central California Conference and Modesto Metro Conference, but on Saturday it is the return of the senior All-Star Water Polo clash at Turlock High.
It was the second game of Pitman High's second round playoff match against Oak Ridge High and the score was tied, 22-22. The Pride had just bested the Trojans in a first game battle and the two teams were again going tit-for-tat - the match's momentum was on the line.
In just his second year as Turlock Christian's volleyball head coach, Ken Wynne has led his team to two consecutive semi-final matches in a row, and this year hopes to make it back-to-back section titles.
The Delhi soccer team, down two players, found themselves in the playoffs for the sixth straight year, this time in the semi-final game of the CIF SJS Division-V championships at Riverbank, which resulted in a thrilling overtime oust, 3-2.
The only team to beat Turlock High at the 2014 Merced High Invitational on Monday was Turlock High, as the Bulldogs finished both first and second in the overall team standings.
Hilmar High rolled through its second Central California Conference team in a week Thursday night when the 'Jackets (14-4 overall) defeated Turlock High two days after doing the same to Atwater High. Hilmar beat the Bulldogs (8-4 overall) in straight sets (27-25, 25-11, and 25-18) as team defense and a powerful offensive attack from Emily Baptista paved the way.
Turlock's Sergio Jiminez knocked in the first goal of Wednesday's home game in the fifth minute against East Union but it wasn't enough as the Lancers tied the game about halfway through the second half to end the game at 1-1.
Pitman High's boys' soccer team visited the always tough Central Valley soccer squad on Thursday in one final preseason matchup, only this time it was the Hawks who trounced the Pride in a 1-0 game.
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