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Pitman, Turlock water polo teams sweep opponents; Wednesday’s CCAL match critical
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Andree Shields of the Pitman Pride looks to pass during a practice earlier this season. The Pride enter Wednesday’s crosstown rivalry matchup with a perfect 4-0 record (File photo).

Wednesday’s crosstown bout between Turlock and Pitman High water polo will be crucial for both the girls and boys varsity teams.

Fresh off victories, Pitman looks to be rolling as the boys are now off to a perfect 4-0 start under the leadership of first-year head coach Mark Garrett after they won 16-4 over Enochs on Monday.

The Pride girls captured their second straight Central California Athletic League win after defeating Enochs 15-5. They now sit at 2-2 for the year.

The varsity girls from Turlock toppled Downey 12-4 on Monday while the boys took a 9-6 victory to secure their fourth straight win.

The Bulldog boys are currently 4-0 while the girls sit perfect at 4-0.

Three of the four varsity teams are currently undefeated heading into Wednesday’s big crosstown meeting that will bring fireworks.

The matchup will take place from Turlock High’s pool with the starting time for JV girls slated for 3 p.m. Wednesday.


Pride volley tops Modesto in

Pitman High varsity volleyball head coach Kristen Pontes-Christian is happy with the way her team has been progressing, most recently after they paid back Modesto High for a loss earlier in the year to notch their fifth straight league win on Monday.

It was a road contest that saw the Pride continue their win streak in the Central California Athletic League with a 3-1 victory, (25-16, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-17).

The win for Pitman also resulted in the first CCAL loss for Modesto, which lost for just the fourth time this year in 28 games played.

Emily Vander Weide had a team-high 14 kills for Pitman while Haley Freeman led in assists with 36.

Madison Hall tallied 24 digs and six aces and Vander Weide added 20 digs.

Pitman’s record goes to 16-9 and 5-1 in the CCAL.

Next for the Pride will be a home matchup against Gregori High at 6 p.m. Wednesday.



Bulldogs pay back Gregori volley with 3-0 sweep

Already with three league losses under their belt, no team needed a win more than Turlock High varsity volleyball on Monday night when they hosted last year’s Modesto Metro Conference undefeated champions Gregori High.

Gregori had already beaten Turlock back on Sept. 12 by a score of 3-2 and the desire for redemption was clear, along with continuing their run up the CCAL standings.

When Monday’s game was all said and done, Turlock had swept through Gregori, 3-0, (25-13, 25-15 and 25-23).

“The girls played well. They executed the game plan and swung for kills,” said Turlock head coach Amber Lugo.

Of the 39 kills combined for Turlock, Ava Chiesa (10) and Jazmyn Tubbs (16) made up 26.

As a team, Turlock combined for 58 digs with Tubbs’ 17 leading the way.

Sarah Romo finished with a team-high 21 assists.

Turlock’s record now goes to 8-10 overall and 3-3 in the CCAL.

Next for Turlock will be a road contest at Enochs High at 6 p.m. Wednesday.