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Lady Sharx Volleyball Camp to be staged at Ceres High
Lady Sharx Volleyball club 2023
The Lady Sharx Volleyball Club will be staging a four-day clinic for boys and girls, ages 4-12, June 24-27 at Ceres High School. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo

Volleyball and wrestling clinics will be staged at Ceres High School this summer.

The Lady Sharx Volleyball Club will offer two camps.

“It’s healthy and beneficial for the kids,” said Kelly Heese, Ceres High boys volleyball head coach and founder/director of the Sharx.

The June 24-27 clinic is for boys and girls, ages 4-12.

Each session will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

“The purpose of the camp is to develop our younger generation at an early age,” Heese said.

The July 15-18 clinic is for boys and girls, ages 13-18.

Each session will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

Heese and the Lady Sharx coaching staff will provide instruction.

Emphasis will be placed on serving, passing, setting, hitting, blocking, serve receive, defense, communication and team work.

“We’ll teach all the fundamentals of the game,” Heese said.

Cost is $100 per athlete.

Each camper will receive a t-shirt.

Advanced registration is required no later than June 21.

To sign up, call or text Heese at 209-568-9253.

Hosted by the Ceres Pups Wrestling Club, the third annual California Champ Camp for wrestlers aged 4-18 will be held June 22-23.

More than 100 male and female grapplers signed up for the 2023 clinic.

“Every year we want to grow,” said Steve Festa, lead camp coordinator, former CHS wrestling coach, current Mae Hensley Jr. High grappling leader and Ceres Pups founder.

Billy Murphy, a 2006 Hughson High School graduate and two-time CIF State Boys Wrestling Meet champion, will serve as the lead instructor of the California Champ Camp.

Curtis Hulstine, Adam Borges, Lilly Avalos, Alana Ontiveros and Brody Teske will provide assistance.

Hulstine, head coach of Ceres High’s girls wrestling program and Murphy’s younger brother, qualified for the CIF State Meet with the Bulldogs in 2010.

Borges, a former Bulldog grappler, graduated from CHS in 2002. He was promoted to head coach of Ceres High’s boys wrestling team last winter. He coached at Mae Hensley Jr. High for three years and with the Ceres Pups for eight years.

Pitman High grads Avalos and Ontiveros won state titles in 2023 and 2021, respectively.

Avalos and Ontiveros earned wrestling scholarships to Vanguard and Menlo College.

Avalos was an NAIA All-American this past season.

A two-time NCAA Division-I qualifier with Northern Iowa, Teske transferred to the University of Iowa in 2022. He’ll be vying for his second berth to Nationals with the Hawkeyes this winter. 

Teske was a four-time state champion at the high-school level in Iowa. He won 177 of 178 matches.

“Their accolades are incredible,” Festa said while talking about the camp’s stable of instructors.

Each camp session will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We want to help out as many local wrestlers as possible,” Festa said. “There are a lot of good camps out there. We try to separate ourselves. We focus on mental, physical and nutrition. Getting better is our No. 1 priority.”

Cost is $150 per camper or $1,450 per team (14 total wrestlers).

To find out more information about the clinic, email or contact Hulstine at 661-549-2589.