By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Bulldog, Hawk athletes garner recogntion for excellence
Sisters Cecilia and Lisette Carretero finished among the top eight runners while leading Ceres High's varsity girls cross country team to a third-place showing at the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 23 at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Cecilia, Lisette and six other WAC competitors were presented all-conference patches during the award ceremony.

"There was a lot of pressure on me," said Cecilia, runner-up at the WAC finals for the third straight season. "This was my last year. I tried my best."

Lisette placed eighth.


McKenzy Harden (class of 2010) won league MVP awards while starring on Ceres High's varsity girls tennis team in 2009, 2008 and 2007.

Bulldog junior Marifer Ochoa was named to the WAC First Team in a vote by the conference's coaches at Pacheco High School last month.

Ochoa shared the MVP award with 2012 WAC champion/Los Banos senior Alexis Barcellos the previous two seasons.

"It's fun for me as a coach to have players like McKenzy and Marifer," Ceres High leader Bryan Harden said. "It keeps me going through the season."

Ochoa compiled a 10-2 record at No. 1 singles.

She lost twice to Barcellos during the WAC regular season.

Bulldog teammates Kaylee Donovan, Manpreet Bahia, Kiran Kainth, Lizzy Magana and Kim Ochoa also garnered all-conference honors.

Donovan won seven of 12 matches at No. 2 singles.

Magana compiled a 7-5 record at No. 5 singles.

Ochoa had a 10-2 mark at No. 6 singles.

Bahia and Kainth competed at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Ceres High (7-5) placed third in the WAC standings in 2012. "Everyone contributed," Harden said.


Central Valley senior setter Malynda Lomeli was recognized for her outstanding play on the hardcourt.

Lomeli was selected to the WAC Second Team.

Malynda collected 16 assists while leading the Hawks to a 2-0 record against the crosstown Bulldogs.

Central Valley extended its unbeaten streak versus Ceres High to four matches.