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Ceres coach, players win league awards
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Ceres High's Shawna Nunes won the Modesto Metro Conference Coach of the Year award. The Bulldogs also had five all-conference performers, including Heather Mazza, Krystle Brown, Meghan Franksen, Jennifer Arnold and Donna Zaragoza.

Nunes, Mazza, Brown, Franksen, Arnold and Zaragoza led the varsity girls basketball team to a second-place finish in the MMC standings. The Bulldogs won 12 of 15 games, losing three times to Ashley Walker and Grace Davis High School. Walker, the MMC's Most Valuable Player, led the Spartans to the league championship.

Mazza and Brown, Davis' Angel Blanco, Downey's Lisa Watson and Beyer's Jessica Rosen were selected to the first team.

The second team included Franksen, Johansen's Danielle Goynes, Davis' Maria Sanchez and Belinda Vega, and Downey's Rachel Burrell.

The third team included Arnold and Zaragoza, Beyer's Sarah Alderson, Davis' Erin Ovalle, Johansen's Megan Lubinsky and Modesto's Carissa Rogers.

Mazza, Brown, Franksen and Arnold started.

Brown, a 5-foot-11 senior center, averaged a team-high 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Mazza, a 5-7 senior point guard, was Ceres' most versatile player. She averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Mazza shined the brightest when playing against the best teams. She totaled 50 points (16.7 points a game) against Davis and 36 points (12 ppg) against Beyer.

As a junior, Mazza averaged just 4.6 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest.

Franksen, a senior/guard forward, was an excellent defender and rebounder. She also contributed on the offensive end of the floor. Franksen had a solid mid-range game. She reached double figures in scoring four times. She scored 12 once, 11 twice and 10 once.

Arnold, a junior guard, was a 3-point specialist. Her most prolific performance came against Downey. She totaled six of her 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Zaragoza was a key reserve. When Mazza needed a breather, the senior guard checked in and was just as effective on defense. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier