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CV, CHS players share VOL MVP award
Central Valley's Jose Ramirez and Ceres High's Luis Martinez were named co-Most Valuable Players for the 2009 Valley Oak League varsity boys soccer season.

A standout junior midfielder for the first-place Hawks (12-1-3), Ramirez scored 16 goals and dished out 21 assists.

Martinez, a senior, tallied 25 goals and seven assists while starring at forward for the runner-up Bulldogs (12-2-2).

Central Valley's Omar Leon was voted Coach of the Year after leading the Hawks to their second straight VOL championship.

"He (Jose) deserves it," Leon said. "When he's not on the field, we struggle. He's an important piece. It's a privilege to have a player like him. He's so dedicated and committed."

Billy Chanthavong (defender), Antonio Cabrera (forward), Larry Hernandez (midfielder) and Leonardo Soto (midfielder) of the Hawks, and Bulldog players Victor Corona (defender), David Estrada (forward) and Pedro Gomez (midfielder) were selected to the VOL first team.

Cabrera (29 goals and 17 assists), Hernandez (17 assists, eight goals), Estrada (21 goals, two assists) and Gomez (eight goals, eight assists) filled the stat sheet.

Ceres High's Kyle Cerny (goalkeeper), Marcos Rochas (midfielder) and Rafael Mercado (defender), and Central Valley's Bobby Chanthavong (defender), Jose Arredondo (defender), Daniel Ochoa (forward) and Gerardo Cazares (midfielder) earned second-team honors.

Cerny tallied 65 saves, posted five shutouts and allowed just 14 goals on the year.

Rochas finished with 11 goals and two assists.

Ochoa had 14 goals and three assists.

Honorable-mention accolades went to Ceres High's Luis Corona and Ulises Lua, and Central Valley's Hugo Contreras.

Ramirez received first-team honors as a junior and sophomore. He was nominated for VOL MVP in 2008.

"I reached one of my goals this year," Jose said while talking about earning the conference's top award. "It means a lot to me. Other people think I'm a good player, It motivates me."