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Turlock mayor to don Trojans gear after losing friendly bet
Bublak bet
Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak won’t be able to keep on her Bulldogs gear as she lost a friendly bet with Oak Ridge County Supervisor John Hidahl on Friday night (CHRISTOPHER CORREA/The Journal).

Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak will soon be seen wearing navy blue and gold — but not in support of the local Turlock High Bulldogs, but for the Oak Ridge High Trojans, as she lost a bet on Friday night.

Bublak and El Dorado County Supervisor John Hidahl agreed to a friendly bet stating that the individual whose home team loses must wear the jersey of the other team.

The Trojans were victorious Friday night, beating the Bulldogs 24-0 in the semifinal round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

“At a time when politics are so divisive, I thought it would be fun to do a bet with a county supervisor who shares a similar background as I do. Sports are a great way to bring communities together and to root for the home team. Supervisor Hidahl was equally as enthusiastic about participating. We need to see more coming together and less division. While I’m sad for our Bulldogs, I congratulate the Oak Ridge Trojans on their win. Turlock had a record-breaking season and showed how it is to be Turlock strong,” said Bublak.

Both Bublak and Hidahl have connections to both the El Dorado and Turlock regions. Bublak was raised in the El Dorado area while Hidahl was born and raised in Ceres. Both spoke about the bet surrounding the highly anticipated game between the two programs.

Hidahl credits Bublak for the idea, stating that he was unaware of the connection each of them had to both regions before she gave him a call.

“I couldn’t believe when the Mayor reached out that we each share the same geographical history between the two counties,” Hidahl explained. “This makes this bet even more interesting, and I hope she’s ready to don the Trojan jersey.”

Click on the Prep Sports section for a recap of Friday’s game.