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Bulldogs stay busy during the offseason
Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball program will start the rebuilding process during the offseason.

The Bulldogs play a total of 25 games this summer. Ceres High will travel to Escalon, Turlock, Stockton and San Diego to compete in tournaments.

"We have a different group of kids," Bulldogs head coach Brian de la Porte said. "I'm trying to develop team chemistry and assess strengths and weaknesses. We want to improve from the previous year."

Ceres High's roster consists of John Dhillon, Edgar Lopez, Chris Hilgen, George Borden, Kendall Vertner, Hadon Lopez, Binder Atwal, Lucas Tevaseu, Shannon Dinsdale, Michael Vasquez and Jose Nava.

Dhillon, Hilgen, Borden, Vertner, Edgar Lopez and Hadon Lopez are varsity returners.

Atwal, Tevaseu, Dinsdale, Vasquez and Nava suited up for the Bulldogs' junior-varsity team this past season.

"I'm trying to get the sophomores (this year's juniors) adjusted to the varsity level," de la Porte said.

Ceres lost three key players to graduation: Justin Canatsy, Lance Hunter and Katero Lebeau.

Canatsy, a VOL second-team selection, and Hunter were three-year varsity members.

Lebeau was a major contributor during his lone season with the Bulldogs.

Tyler Cummings and Beau Pimentel, two projected starters, will not play for Ceres High.

Cummings will focus on baseball.

Pimentel has yet to recover from a knee injury sustained last season.

The Bulldogs will compete in the Western Athletic Conference during the 2010-11 high school season.

Ceres High finished 13-14 on the year and tied for fourth place with Oakdale in the Valley Oak League standings (7-9) in 2009-10.

Dhillon averaged 17.5 points against second-place Weston Ranch.

He totaled 27 points in two victories against crosstown rival Central Valley.

"I think he (John) can be the MVP of the WAC," de la Porte said. "He's a hard worker. He's super smart. He competes."