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Bulldog golfers show improvement in defeat
The members of Ceres High School's varsity boys golf team remained upbeat following their 170-204 loss to Sonora on Thursday at River Oaks Golf Course.

"I'm very pleased with their play today," head coach Scott Smith said. "We improved by 24 strokes from our last match here. We're still knocking some of the rust off. We're only in our second week."

The Bulldogs dropped to 1-3 in the Valley Oak League standings. The Wildcats improved to 3-2 in conference play.

Carter Silveira, Ceres High's top player, accumulated one birdie, five pars, two bogeys and one double bogey on his way to firing a 3-over-par 34.

Bulldog freshman Ian Couture (No. 2) carded a 37. He had five pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys.

Silveira and Couture shot 43 and 50, respectively, in the Bulldogs' 167-224 loss to Oakdale the previous week at River Oaks Golf Course.

"They improved by 22 strokes," Smith said.

Ceres High's David Brazil, Vince Tomao and Tyler Story posted scores of 37, 47 and 49 against Sonora.

Brazil tallied five pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys.


Wilson Liang, Harman Bains and Raul Massie joined Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team during their freshman year.

The three seniors helped the heavily-favored Bulldogs continue their dominance against crosstown rival Central Valley last week.

Host Ceres High upped its all-time record versus the Hawks to 7-0 on Monday, March 8 with a 12-3 victory.

"It (beating Central Valley) doesn't really get old," Harman said. "It feels great."

Bains, Ceres High's No. 3 singles player, beat Chan Chau (6-1), Will Berryhill (6-0) and Alex Cunningham (6-0).

Liang, the Bulldogs' No. 2 singles player, defeated Berryhill (6-2), Chau (6-0) and Cunningham (6-2).

Massie and Gurman Bains topped Gary Ney and Trinidad Sandoval (10-5), and Javier Molina and Max Perez (10-1) in doubles play.

Luis Ochoa, Ceres High's top player, swept Cunningham (6-0), Berryhill (6-0) and Chau (6-0).

Nick Serratos and Victor Cruz lost to Molina and Perez (10-8) and Ney and Sandoval (10-3).

The Bulldogs (3-1) didn't underestimate the Hawks (0-3).

"We tried to play one point at a time," Harman Bains said.


Ceres High School's varsity girls soccer team had a respectable outing at the 5th Annual Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup last week in Manteca.

The Bulldogs posted a 1-2-1 record. Ceres High's two losses were by a combined three goals.

"I'm proud of the way our defense played," head coach Dominic Figueroa said. "We got to get better, offensively."

Ceres High managed to win one of two games on Saturday despite competing with a patchwork lineup.

With seven starters missing because of other priorities, Figueroa had no choice but to move talent up from JV.

Underclassmen Yari Gutierrez, Maria Gaitan, Virdi Arroyo, Laura Barajas, Dalia Mendez and Melina Barragan all contributed.

"They were more than willing to help out and I appreciate that," he said.