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Hawks impress
Central Valley High School's girls summer basketball team attended the Chico State Camp for the fourth year in a row this past month.

The Hawks posted an impressive 7-3 record during tournament play.

"I'm really surprised," Hawks post player Geena Wade said. "Even when we lost, the scores were close. There was some good competition."

Central Valley, which lost three key players to graduation in June, beat Woodcreek (29-26), Gridley (47-31), Orland (31-25), Ukiah (37-25), Lassen (30-24), Corning (26-24) and Vacaville (49-28).

The Hawks lost to Klamath Union (25-22), Paradise (38-35) and Willows (38-32).

Central Valley opened the tournament with four straight victories.

"This is the best we've ever done up there," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "It was just a good weekend. The kids bonded with each other."

Wade, Melinda Camarillo, Diana Carmona, Vivien Fermil, Brittany Martinez, Valerie Olide, Catrina Castillo, Vanessa Dias, Deja Jackson, Mia Lorenzo, Jessica Martinez, Veronica Duarte, Alex Martinez and Jazareth Valencia all contributed.

Chico State Camp participants were housed in dorms for two nights.

"It brought us a lot closer together," Geena said. "It was really fun."

Central Valley's varsity girls reached record heights during the 2010-11 school year. The Hawks claimed their first league title and postseason berth, and won 15 of 23 games.

The frosh-soph team had a 22-2 overall record and finished in a tie for first place in Western Athletic Conference play (11-1).

"I see us going to playoffs again," Wade said. "We both had successful seasons last year."