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Hawks fall short on gridiron
Hawk freshman football player Carlos Rodriguez flattens a Timberwolf defender. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity volleyball team improved its overall record to 2-4 last week.

The Bulldogs collected one win and one loss.

"I'm super excited," Ceres High senior Ryleigh Honberger said. "We have really good potential. I love the teammates I have. Winning with my best friends makes me ecstatic."

Ceres High swept Grace Davis, 25-12, 26-24, 25-11, Thursday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We had more confidence in ourselves today," Ryleigh said. "We've gotten better as a team."

Honberger filled the stat sheet with eight digs, five kills, two blocks, two assists and two aces.

Jessica Arreola had 12 digs and two aces.

Ally Hailey had 11 digs, one kill and one assist.

Valerie Hamilton had eight digs, six kills, one assist and one ace.

Cameron Diaz had seven assists, three aces and two kills.

The Bulldogs battled back from a 16-9 deficit in the second set.

"We knew what we had to do and got the job done," Honberger said.

Ceres High lost in five games, 17-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-16, 15-8, to visiting Hughson Wednesday evening.

Arreola tallied 20 digs, two aces and one kill in defeat.

Ally Hailey had 19 digs, six kills, two aces, one block and one assist.

Honberger had 13 digs, eight kills, four blocks, three assists and one ace.

Diaz had 10 assists, three digs, one kill, one block and one ace.

Hamilton had nine digs, five kills and three aces.

Sophomore Kendall Meyer had seven blocks and six kills Baylee Carlin had six assists, four digs and one kill.

Kadie Brenning had four digs and one ace.

Sophomore Kaylee Holloway had two kills, two assists and one dig.

Freshman Shelby Veuve had one kill.

Hughson won the second, fourth and fifth games to secure the victory.

"If we stop communicating, we lose," Honberger said.

Ceres High will travel to Modesto to face non-conference opponent Downey tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs begin Western Athletic Conference action the following week.

Ceres High will play at Patterson on Sept. 16 and host Los Banos on Sept. 18. Both matches will get underway at 6:30 p.m.

"The girls that are on the team are pushing each other and working hard," head coach Stephanie Hamilton said. "Our team dynamic's changed. They get along great. They're always positive."

Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team swept Johansen, 25-12, 25-16, 25-6, in non-conference play on Thursday in Modesto.

Blanca Espinoza led the Hawks (1-0) with 16 digs.

Ellysa Widas tallied 12 assists, four digs and three aces.

Julia Ramsey collected eight kills, five digs and two aces.

Lynaya Lerma chipped in with seven aces, three kills, three digs and two blocks.

Central Valley High School's freshman football team dropped to 0-2 on the year following Thursday's 14-13 gut-wrenching loss to Sierra at Bulldog Stadium.

The Hawks opted to go for the win after Efrain Garcia's 1-yard quarterback sneak cut the deficit to one point with 3:03 left in regulation.

Central Valley failed on a 2-point conversion attempt as Garcia was tackled while scrambling to his left.

"It's preseason," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We were moving the ball okay. I thought we were going to punch it in. We went for it and got stuffed."

The Hawks and Timberwolves traded scores in the first half.

Carlos Rodriguez's 55-yard interception return for a TD and point-after kick evened the score at 7-7 with 2:12 to play in the second quarter.

Ishmael Sanchez set up Central Valley's second TD with a long interception return.

Down 14-7, Garcia scored on a 1-yard run.

"It was a pass play but it wasn't open," Garcia said while talking about the Hawks' unsuccessful 2-point conversion attempt. "I tried running it in."

The Timberwolves ran the final 2:57 off the clock.

Sierra's quarterback secured the victory with a 25-yard run on third down.

Central Valley lost 46-6 to Manteca the previous week.

"We played a lot better this week," Padilla said.

"This improved our confidence," Garcia said. "We did pretty well, overall. But we made a lot of mental mistakes and missed a lot of tackles. We could have been more focused. We need to be more disciplined."

Central Valley will play at Lodi on Thursday.