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CV boys basketball program faces rebuilding year
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball program received solid contributions from Trevor Mew, Keymonte Wooten and Chris Beleele last season.

Mew averaged 14 points and 3.5 rebounds per game en route to earning first-team, Valley Oak League honors.

Wooten (9.8 points and 6.5 assists) collected second-team, all-conference accolades while starring at point guard as a freshman.

Beleele, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound center, was an honorable-mention and all-defensive team selection (5.2 points and 6.8 rebounds).

The talented trio will be greatly missed during the 2009-10 campaign.

"It hurts losing three starters, especially Trevor," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "He was a leader. He always knew what to do. We have to have players who can fill that role."

The Hawks will be led by Brian Blunt (senior guard), Greg Mathews (junior forward) and David Griffin (junior forward).

Salinder Singh (senior guard), Ryan Sandner (guard), Jamal Wessinger (junior forward), Hector Jacobo (junior forward), Nate Villegas (junior forward), Cristian Gil (junior forward), Tyree Jones (junior guard), Sunny Moun (junior guard) and Kyle Mountain (junior guard) are also on the team.

"I like this group of kids," Dickson said. "They play hard. They just lack focus at times."

Blunt has been a varsity member since his sophomore year.

"This year, the pressure's on me," Brian said. "I think I got to score a little more now that Trevor and Keymonte are gone. It's a fun challenge. My main focus is to do whatever I can to help this team out."

Greg is a second-year varsity player. A two-way starter in varsity football during the fall, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver/safety caught 51 passes for 868 yards and 10 touchdowns. He led the Hawks in interceptions with eight, one of which was returned for a score.

David (6-2, 195) starred at the junior-varsity level as a sophomore.

"They're going to be real important to the team," Dickson said. "We'll be very competitive if they give us the inside presence that we need."

Central Valley compiled an 11-18 overall record and placed fifth in the VOL standings (4-10) last season. The Hawks finished one game ahead of last-place Ceres High, Oakdale and East Union in conference play.

Central Valley swept its crosstown rival (53-50, 52-45).

"With who we're playing in the preseason, I think we'll be ready," Blunt said. "We'll have a chance to compete for a playoff spot. I'm confident in my team."