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Dawgs, Hawks begin season
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Ceres High's varsity baseball team compiled a 1-2 record during its first week of the 2008 season.

The Bulldogs edged Hughson 8-7 on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Art McRae Field, lost 12-2 to Escalon on Friday at Bob Loureiro Field and fell 7-2 to host Turlock on Monday.

Ceres High collected 12 hits and committed no errors during its opener.

Robert Cope batted 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBIs. Evan Fonda finished 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Matt Smith went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Huskies. Cope's two-run double clinched the victory.

Boys tennis

Central Valley High School's varsity boys tennis team won its first match of the season.

The Hawks topped host Grace Davis 4-1 in non-conference action on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Modesto.

Paul Sidhu defeated Alen Maragoul 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 singles play.

Ricardo Leon defeated Taylor Wiegand 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

Tony Leon and Hiro Godinez defeated Jaren Jimenez and Aaron Esselman 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Will Berryhill and Heath Sousa defeated Lanh Nguyen and Vidal Garcia 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Anthony Macias lost 6-3, 6-2 to Bernard Cacho at No. 1 singles.

JV girls soccer

Ceres High junior-varsity girls soccer coach Koeurn Phe took a glass-half-full approach when discussing his team's recent play.

The Bulldogs posted an 0-3-1 record at the Pitman tournament last week in Turlock.

"The players never threw in the towel," he said. "They kept fighting. That's something I can feel proud of."

Ceres High forged a 1-1 tie with Modesto High and lost 6-0 to Pitman on Friday. The Bulldogs failed to capitalize in their first game, which resulted in a draw.

"We had more opportunities to score," Phe said. "We didn't get any breaks."

The Bulldogs fell 8-0 to Oak Ridge and 7-0 to Sierra on Saturday.

Ceres High goalkeeper Vanessa Barajas totaled more than 40 saves during the course of the tournament, including five in the opening-round tie.

"She was fearless," Phe said.