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Ceres standouts among WAC's elite
Central Valley sophomore Anthony Bonales and Ceres High junior Ian Couture finished first and third, respectively, in the Western Athletic Conference individual standings.

Anthony's dominant play helped him earn his second straight league MVP award.

"I'm glad I was able to win it again," Bonales said. "People's expectations of me always keep me going. I have tons of room for improvement."

Anthony had a 34 point lead over Couture and WAC runner-up Tyler Alldrin (Central Catholic) heading into the conference's year-end tournament. Bonales totaled 92 points.

"I haven't seen anybody dominate a league like that," Hawks head coach Mike Holliday said. "That's a huge gap. He's just a perfectionist out there. He's very demanding of himself. He's self-motivated. His physical strength gives him a huge advantage. I'd be real surprised to find any other golfer in the state who is as strong as him. He overpowers golf courses."

Bonales secured the WAC MVP award prior to competing at the league tournament.

"He could have stayed home and won by 30 points," Holliday said. "He had a really big lead over them (Alldrin and Couture)."

Barring injury or major collapse, Anthony should be in good position for a three-peat next season.

"He has room to improve but it's not because he's not playing at the highest level right now," Holliday said. "He's put in more time than anyone out there. He rarely has a bad day. If he does have a bad shot, he manages to save it."

Couture was named to the WAC First Team. Ian tallied 46 points.