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CHS girls secure split in WAC play
Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team won one of its first two matches of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference season last week.

The Bulldogs defeated first-year Pacheco by forfeit on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at River Oaks Golf Course.

The visiting Panthers' lineup featured just two players, two below the minimum needed to post a team score.

"It took some of the pressure off," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "But they were still nervous because it was our first match."

Ceres High junior Arleen Xayasone fired a team-best 11-over-par 38 on the front nine.

Bulldog teammates Robin White, Jovi Padilla and Brittany Valadez posted identical scores of 49.

Pacheco's Regina Rhodes and Breanna Miller shot 60 and 61, respectively.

Ceres High lost 219-247 to Central Catholic on Thursday at Dryden Park Golf Course (par 36).

Xayasone led the Bulldogs with a 23-over-par 59.

"As the season progresses, our girls are going to get better and better," Cerny said. "They'll be competitive."

Gutsy effort

Ceres High School's freshman football team turned in a gritty performance on the road last Thursday.

The Bulldogs overcame a two-touchdown deficit before falling 22-16 to Hilmar.

"The whole crowd was quiet when we went up," Ceres High head coach Tony Hillyer said. "We gave them a scare."

The Bulldogs (1-1) took their only lead of the game with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Angel Garcia scored on a 7-yard bootleg and Raul Godinez added the two-point conversion run.

Godinez's 7-yard TD reception and Alfred Garcia's two-point conversion cut the deficit to 14-8 in the third quarter.

The Yellowjackets (1-1) scored the winning touchdown on a 12-yard run up the middle with 1:40 to play.

2010 debut

Central Valley High School's freshman football squad dropped its season opener, 26-7, to Downey on Wednesday in Modesto.

"We're a totally different team when healthy," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said.

Central Valley's Benny Anitelea (middle linebacker) and Julian Garcia (tailback) were sidelined with forearm and ankle injuries, respectively.

Hawk teammate Oscar Ornelas (fullback) also missed the game. He just had his wisdom teeth pulled.

Myles Brown, David Duran and Milton Uti filled in for Anitelea, Ornelas and Garcia.

Duran's 6-yard touchdown run on a quick-trap play and Alvaro Rodriguez's point-after kick cut the deficit to 13-7 in the third quarter.

"It was good to see the other kids step up," Padilla said.

Central Valley suited up close to 50 players for the non-league opener.

"We tried to get all the kids in," Padilla said. "I want them all to have fun."