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Ceres High's Estrada wins league MVP award
Ceres High varsity boys soccer player David Estrada has been named the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player in voting released last week by the conference's coaches.

Central Valley's Omar Leon was Coach of the Year.

Estrada became the first Bulldog player to be named MVP since Flavio Tamayo earned the Central California Conference's top award in 2003.

David, a junior striker, led the VOL with 20 goals in 14 games for second-place Ceres High (10-1-3). He also accumulated five assists.

"He was one of the hardest workers on the team," Ceres High coach Koeurn Phe said. "He was a reliable, consistent player. His numbers were phenomenal. He was a scoring machine."

Estrada's VOL career resume includes winning MVP once, earning first-team honors twice, tallying 43 goals and dishing out 18 assists in three seasons.

"He's the type of player you can really count on," Phe said.

Under Leon's guidance, the Hawks won the VOL title at 11-2-1 despite competing with a revamped lineup. The Hawks lost more than a dozen players to graduation.

"All the credit should go to the players," he said. "They're the ones that stood out on the field. They made me look good."

Leon also recognized Freddy Rodriguez, his assistant coach.

"He did a great job bringing everybody together as a group," Omar said.

In addition to claiming the conference's MVP and Coach of the Year awards, the Bulldogs and Hawks placed a total of 13 players on the All-VOL team.

"I'm not surprised," Phe said. "The coaches voted on what they saw throughout the year. We dominated our competition."

Ceres High's Kyle Cerny, Luis Martinez, Aron Mejia and Eleazer Padilla, and Central Valley's Antonio Cabrera, Daniel Ochoa, Jose Ramirez, Javier Alcantar and Bobby Chantavong earned first-team honors.

Cerny, a junior goalkeeper, posted five shutouts, tallied 87 saves and allowed 10 goals in league play.

Martinez, a junior forward, ranked second in the VOL in scoring with 11 goals and third in assists (seven).

Mejia, a senior midfielder, had one goal and two assists.

Padilla, a senior, contributed on defense.

Cabrera, a junior forward, led the Hawks with eight goals and four assists.

Ochoa, a freshman forward, ranked second on the team with six goals and three assists.

Ramirez, a sophomore midfielder, tallied four goals.

Alcantar, a senior midfielder, totaled one goal and two assists.

Chantavong, a junior defender/halfback, added one assist.

Jose Mesa of Ceres High, and Gerardo Cazares, Larry Hernandez and Billy Chantavong of Central Valley received second-team accolades.

Cazares, a sophomore midfielder/forward, ranked third in the VOL in assists (eight). He scored two goals as well.

Hernandez, a sophomore midfielder, added one goal and two assists.

Chantavong, a junior, was a standout defender. He managed to score one goal.

Mesa, a senior, played midfielder.

Honorable-mention recognition went to Ceres High's Pablo Gomez (junior midfielder) and Alejandro Castro (junior midfielder), and Central Valley's Trinidad Sandoval (junior defender).

Gomez was first in assists (10) and fifth in goals scored in the VOL. Castro had two assists.