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Ceres High star wins MVP award
Nine of Ceres High's 12 starters were among the standouts recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference varsity boys tennis coaches on Wednesday, April 25 in Los Banos.

Bulldog freshman Julio Ochoa shared the Most Valuable Player award with Patterson junior Sterling Ramirez. Ochoa and Ramirez both won once during their head-to-head matchup.

Julio had a 9-1 record during the WAC regular season. He rested against first-year Pacheco.

Ochoa's brother Luis, a 2010 Ceres High grad, and sister Marifer, a Bulldog sophomore, were voted MVP twice.

"We're very fortunate to have a player of Julio's caliber," Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden said. "He doesn't get flustered. He's almost too relaxed out there sometimes."

Ceres High teammates Gurman Bains, Alick Liang and Chase Harden will receive WAC First Team patches.

Liang won all 12 of his matches at No. 3 singles.

Bains (No. 2) and Harden (No. 4) finished 10-2 and 9-3, respectively.

Bulldog contributors Victor Pimentel, Trevor Brazil, Esteban de la Torre, Sergio Zepeda and David Cisneros earned second-team, all-conference honors.

Pimentel had a remarkable final season with the Bulldogs. He posted a perfect 12-0 record at No. 6 singles.

Zepeda and Cisneros won 9 of 10 matches at No. 2 doubles.

Brazil and de la Torre had a 7-3 record in No. 1 doubles play.

Ceres High captured the WAC title (11-1) and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the third consecutive season.

"We had a terrific year," coach Harden said. "Julio set the table. We also had some really good kids to go with him."