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Bulldogs fundraiser on tap
Ceres High' wrestling program will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday in front of Sequoia Super Market at Heaven Snow on Central Avenue.

Proceeds will help pay for tournament and hotel expenses during the winter sports season.

"We don't have any money in our account," assistant coach Steve Festa said. "This is going to be our big fundraiser. I got my fingers crossed. Something's better than nothing."

From 1-6 p.m., snow cones, smoothies and fountain drinks will be sold at a reduced price.

"You have to bring the flier or Courier article to get a discount," Festa said.

Small snow cones, which usually cost $1.75, will sell for just $1.

"They have 42 different flavors," Festa said.

Donations will also be accepted.

"That's what we're really banking on," Festa said.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in the Big Valley Classic (Stockton Arena), Western Invitational (Modesto Junior College), Demolition Day (Stagg High School) and Coast Classic (Scotts Valley High School) during the regular season.

"Right now, we only have four tournaments," Festa said. "We'd like to go to seven or eight because the kids are allotted over 40 matches a year."

Ceres High's wrestling room also needs to be modernized. The Bulldogs hope to raise enough money in the next couples of year to fix the dilapidated ceiling and discolored walls.

Festa plans to install a trophy case for past and future awards.

"I want the kids to feel that they're wanted and taken care of," he said. "We need more community support. Once we start winning, that will really help our program."

Ceres posted its first winning record in league since 2001 and sent five grapplers to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament in 2006-07.

The Bulldogs finished in fifth place (3-4) in the eight-team Valley Oak League and had four wrestlers qualify for the Section Masters Meet last season.

This summer, wrestlers participated in voluntary workouts that consisted of weight lifting and grappling on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each session lasted 90 minutes.

Anthony Amirfar, Shawn Amirfar, Andrew Cefre, Erik Eisenbeis, Diego Garcia, Curtis Hulstine, Christian Moore, Nick Moran, Brian Naylor, Keegan Overbey, Carter Silveira, Tony Spinella and Matt Vanderlaan attended on a regular basis.

"The kids are really committed," Festa said. "They're trying to get bigger, stronger and faster."