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Former Ceres Unified School District student-athletes McKenzy Harden, Ryan Norton, Taiylor Sakurada, Dustin Baisdon, Latrisha Jordan, Adriana Mendez and Jasveen Brar are showcasing their talent at the college level.


Harden, a 2010 Ceres High grad, contributed at singles and doubles while leading the Cal State Stanislaus women's tennis team to a 3-1 record last week.

McKenzy defeated Morrisa Kahakui 6-1, 6-4 in No. 5 singles play during the 33rd-ranked Warriors' 9-0 shut out of Hawaii Hilo on Sunday. Harden and No. 3 doubles partner Heather Cotter posted an 8-5 victory over Kahakui and Chelsea Sato.

Harden and Cotter topped Sonoma State's Lauren Ha and Sheena Jackson (8-4) on Saturday. Cal State Stanislaus won the team competition, 7-2.

McKenzy edged Krystal Mizuguchi 7-6, 5-7, 10-8 while leading Stanislaus to a 6-3 against UC San Diego on Wednesday.

The Warriors lost 6-3 to Cal State L.A. on Tuesday, April 10.

Harden and Cotter defeated Tiffany Leung and Liz Franco (8-5).


Teammates a season ago at Ceres High, Norton and Sakurada are both making a difference this year in different uniforms.

Ryan, a freshman rightfielder, has played in 20 games for Simpson University (19-21).

She batted 2-for-3 from the plate with one run scored in the Lady Red Hawks' 12-3 win over Menlo on April 10.

Norton had a batting average of .333 (14 of 42), two doubles, eight RBIs and seven runs entering this week.

Sakurada batted .379 (25-for-66) with three triples, four doubles, 16 RBIs, 22 runs, four stolen bases and just six strikeouts in 25 games for Solano Community College (21-8).


Baisdon has made 13 appearances, including two starts, at pitcher for Cal State Stanislaus.

The 2011 Ceres High grad compiled a 1-1 record with three saves and seven strikeouts in 152/3 innings for the Warriors (21-16).


Jordan, a Central Valley grad and Fresno State senior, racked up 27 points while competing at the Sacramento State Mondo Mid-Major Challenge last week.

Latrisha placed first in the 400 hurdles in a season-best time of 1:00.25 and fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.14).

She ran a leg on the Bulldogs' runner-up 4x100 relay team (46.06).

Latrisha was also a member of Fresno State's fifth-place 4x400 relay team (3:51.65).

The Bulldogs finished second in the team standings (123 points).

Mendez and Brar, former Hawk teammates, represented Modesto Junior College at Hartnell's Ed Adams Invitational.

Adriana placed first in the 1,500 in a personal-best time (4:56.63).

The Pirates' 4x400 relay team of Brar, Taylor Nilson, Mercedes Brown and Ashley Walker finished in first place (4:04).