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Crosstown matchup
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Ceres High and Central Valley will square off in boys and girls basketball, and wrestling this winter.

Ceres High's boys basketball team has won its last six meetings versus Central Valley.

"We've had a good run," Bulldogs head coach Brian de la Porte said. "Our kids take pride in that."

The Bulldogs beat the Hawks twice during the 2011-12 season.

Ceres High edged Central Valley 60-55 in overtime on Feb. 17 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs erased an 11-point deficit.

Ceres High's Binder Atwal (21 points) forced OT when he buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 11 seconds left in regulation.

Bulldog teammates Harman Chung and Jimbo Pernetti scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Miguel Rodriguez led the Hawks with 16 points, while Jaron Dickson added eight points.

"The last time we played them, it went to overtime," de la Porte said. "They had a chance to win the game. Their all-star team beat us in the summertime. They're not bad. They're much improved. They got some shooters on that team. When you're hot, you can beat anybody."

Ceres High (7-5) and Central Valley (4-8) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Western Athletic Conference standings.


Central Valley's girls basketball team beat Ceres High twice and upped its all-time record against the Bulldogs to 5-8 last season.

The host Hawks won the Western Athletic Conference championship outright with a 47-41 victory over upset-minded Ceres High on Feb. 16.

The Bulldogs made the contest interesting in the fourth period thanks to a 10-0 run in the opening two-plus minutes. Bryce Ford had seven points, including a go-ahead trey that made it 35-33 at the 5:38 mark.

Central Valley's Vivien Fermil hit two free throws to even the score at 35-all.

Diana Carmona's jumper from the right wing put the Hawks ahead by two points, 37-35, with 4:53 to play.

Ashton Frampton's 3-point bank shot gave the Bulldogs a 38-37 lead 20 seconds later.

A 10-3 run by Central Valley in the final 2:55 dashed Ceres High's hopes of an upset.

Ford led all scorers with 22 points.

The Hawks extended their unbeaten streak versus the Bulldogs to five games.

Central Valley (10-2) defended its WAC title and qualified for the playoffs for the second straight season.

Ceres High (4-8) placed fourth in conference play.


Ceres High's varsity wrestling team topped crosstown-rival Central Valley en route to a first-place finish in the 2011-12 WAC dual-meet standings.

The Bulldogs erased a 22-point deficit and escaped with a 38-28 road win over the Hawks on Jan. 18.

Ceres High won eight of the final 10 matches.

"They gave us a little scare in the beginning," Bulldog 220-pounder Ruben Sanchez said.

Sanchez's third-round pin (5:26) of Central Valley's Jordan Sales cut the deficit to 22-6.

Armando Morales won by pin (1:02) over Cesar Yepiz at 285 pounds.

Joey Bettencourt lost by decision (2-0) to Michael Manzur at 106 pounds.

Gabriel Balderas won by pin (1:32) over Aaron Page at 113 pounds.

Brandon Christeson won by pin (5:11) over Rose Moore at 120 pounds.

The Bulldogs grabbed their first lead when Nick Santibanez won by decision (9-3) over Raul Godinez at 126 pounds. Ceres High never trailed the rest of the way.

Erick Garcia won by decision (7-6) over Louis Gonzales at 132 pounds.

David Cisneros won by major decision (14-4) over Eddy Nunez at 145 pounds.

Ceres High team captain Nick Moran avoided a huge letdown with a 15-1 major-decision victory over Josue Hernandez at 152 pounds.

Ceres High (5-1) tied for first place with Los Banos. The Bulldogs and Tigers both qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual Championships.

2012-13 SCHEDULE

The Bulldogs' and Hawks' wrestling programs will battle at Central Valley on Jan. 30.

Ceres High's and Central Valley's boys basketball teams will meet on Jan. 23 and Feb. 8.

The Hawks and Bulldogs will compete in girls basketball on Jan. 22 and Feb. 7.