By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Bulldogs show improvement
Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team progressed each week after beginning its summer season with a disappointing performance at the Escalon tournament.

"We were out of shape," Bulldogs coach Brian de la Porte said. "If we played there now, we'd win most of our games."

Ceres High posted a 13-9 record under first-year head coach Brian de la Porte's guidance.

Marcus Hilgen, Justin Canatsy, Mark Schwark, Vineel Kumar, Tony Bradford, Lance Hunter, Devaun McGregor, Scott Meyer, Rajdeep Singh all suited up for the Bulldogs. Hilgen, Canatsy, Schwark and Kumar showed their dedication by attending just about every practice and game.

"I'm really pleased," said Hilgen, a standout point guard. "Our defense from the start of the summer to now has improved a lot."

Added de la Porte: "We've gotten better."

Brian replaced Jason Martin, who retired following the 2007-08 season to spend more time with his family.

Hilgen played for Martin for one season.

"Brian's a lot more defensive-minded," Marcus said. "He's pretty intense. He'll point out everything we did wrong after our games and how we can fix it. I like that. It makes you better."

The Bulldogs ended their summer campaign on a positive note, winning five of seven games at Cal State Stanislaus. The three-day tournament was held, June 23-25, at Warrior Arena.

Ceres High beat Atwater twice, and Delhi, Big Valley, and Orestimba once. The Bulldogs lost to Livingston and Natomas.