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Yellowjackets draw with Bears in preseason battle
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After their first three preseason contests, the Hilmar Yellowjackets girls soccer team has not lost and head coach Doug Delay couldn’t be any happier with the way things are starting.

They currently hold a record of 2-0-1 after tying Merced 0-0 in Thursday’s road contest that ended well for the much smaller school in Hilmar.

“Everyone from our keeper to our strikers, everyone has been playing solid,” said Delay.

Hilmar laid down the hammer on the pitch in their first two games prior to Thursday. Hilmar started Tuesday with an 8-1 win over Los Banos followed by a 7-1 victory over Livingston on Wednesday, leading up to a tough matchup for the ‘Jackets.

The next game for Hilmar will be on the road at Ceres at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Turlock girls basketball falls to Lincoln in preseason bout

The Bulldogs' competitive preseason schedule isn’t going to get any easier and Wednesday’s 45-37 loss to Lincoln of Stockton in their opening game of the season proved that.

Lincoln was a perfect 8-0 in the Tri-City League just a season ago and 21-7 overall.  

They managed to make the second round of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section tournament before falling to the eventual runner-ups, St. Francis.

Co-head coaches Mark Musselman and Candace Sakuda knew that in order to prepare for league a more than challenging preseason was scheduled.

Turlock was able to hold the Trojans to just 45 points for the game and held their shooting percentage to a stifling 27 from the field.

Although they did allow a pair of double-digit scorers, they limited Lincoln’s three-point shooting to just 3 for 27 from the field.

Turlock will host Los Banos at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.