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CHS players showcase abilities during four-day competition
Country music blared as the members of Ceres High School's football program completed a series of tests.

The week-long combine ran Monday through Thursday.

Each session lasted 90 minutes.

"It's nice to see the kids cheering each other on," Ceres High assistant coach Brett Johnson said. "Plus, it gives them the chance to assess where all of their hard work over the spring and summer has gone."

Caden Johnson, Blake Hurst, Lovepreet Singh, George Arroyo, Brent Bussard and their Ceres High teammates completed the 40-yard dash, three-cone shuttle drill and medicine ball toss on Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.

Johnson placed first in the shuttle (4.07 seconds), third in the toss (29 feet) and fourth in the 40 (5.01).

Hurst took second in the shuttle (4.08) and toss (29-2), and third in the 40 (4.92).

Singh was first in the 40 (4.74) and third in the shuttle (4.13). He posted a mark of 28-3 in the medicine ball toss.

"I enjoy the competition," Lovepreet said. "I'm trying to do the best that I can. It (football) becomes a lifestyle once you get into it. You work out five days a week. I love it."

Arroyo matched Johnson's 40-yard dash time.

George threw the medicine ball 27 feet, five inches.

"It's pretty competitive," Arroyo said. "We want to see everyone do their best."

Bussard, a 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore, edged out Hurst in the toss drill.

The medicine ball traveled 29 feet, six inches.

"It's always fun beating your friends," Brent said. "I surprised everyone. It's not strength. It's strategy. You lean back and explode. I tried to get 30. I fell a little short."

Bulldog athletes were also tested in the broad jump, vertical jump, dot drill, squat max, power-clean max and power snatch.

Ceres High players were measured and weighed on Monday, Aug. 30.

Times and marks were posted on the Top-10 board in the weight room.

"We're having fun and working hard," Bussard said.