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CHS, CV targeting playoffs
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The Sac-Joaquin Section released its first installment of power ratings for boys and girls basketball on Monday.

If playoffs started this week, Ceres High's boys would be a No. 5 seed in the Division-III tournament.

Central Valley's girls would be a No. 13 seed in Division II.

"It's amazing," Hawks standout Alyssa Long said while talking about the possibility of qualifying for the postseason for the first time in program history. "I'm getting emotional. I can't even talk."

Central Valley's experienced a major turnaround this year.

The Hawks (12-6, 5-1) tied for first place during the first half of the Western Athletic Conference season.

Long, Myra Naranjo and Diana Carmona have all played major roles.

"Chemistry has been our biggest issue in past years," Long said. "We all get along this season. If there's drama, it's resolved that day."

The Bulldogs improved to 14-6 and finished the first half of the WAC campaign undefeated with a 5-0 mark this past week.

"It's been awesome," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "The biggest thing for me is seeing everyone associated with Ceres High talking about our team. We're pretty entertaining."

John Dhillon, Edgar Lopez and Binder Atwal have provided stellar play at the guard position

Tre Haynes is the Bulldogs' top rebounder and shot blocker.

"It starts and ends with our defense," de la Porte said. "I don't think I've ever had a team like this. We'll get better."

The section will release its final power ratings, which determine playoff seeds, later this month.

Ceres High and Central Valley both want to make history. The Bulldogs' last postseason appearance came in 2006-07. The Hawks have never participated in the playoffs during their five years of existence.

"I'm not even looking that far ahead yet," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We're going to take it one step at a time. We're not going to look past anyone."

"We got a lot of basketball ahead of us," de la Porte said. "We have to stay focused."