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Hawks swept by Bulldogs
Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team underestimated crosstown rival Central Valley during last year's Western Athletic Conference finale.

The Hawks prevailed, 171-178, and secured a split with the Bulldogs.

Ceres High earned a series sweep of Central Valley this season.

The Bulldogs defeated the Hawks 145-175 on Monday, Oct. 17 at River Oaks Golf Course.

Ceres High edged Central Valley by 13 strokes, 162-175, earlier this year at St. Stanislaus.

"It feels good to beat them because they're our rival school," Bulldog senior standout Arleen Xayasone said.

Ceres High finished in second place in the Western Athletic Conference regular season standings (10-2) in 2011. Central Valley tied for fourth (5-7) with Patterson.

The Bulldogs advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Hawks eclipsed last year's victory total of four.

"I'm definitely excited about how we did and finished," Central Valley head coach Kelly Wheelock said. "Our league has very good golf teams in Central Catholic, Ceres High and Livingston. We never really got blown out by any of them."

Three Ceres High players posted scores in the 30s against Central Valley, including Xayasone, Caitlin Pfaff and Kinsey Ward.

Arleen led Ceres High with a 6-over-par 33.

Pfaff and Ward shot 35 and 37, respectively.

Caitlin and Kinsey are just freshmen.

Bulldog teammate Jessica Ellsworth carded a 40.

Martina Bernal led the Hawks with a 15-over-par 42.

Lizette Ayala had a 43.

Marlen Diaz and Wynter Bratenas chipped in with identical scores of 45.

"Martina's been our best player the last month," Wheelock said. "She's put in extra work at practice."

Lizette Ayala had a 43.

Marlen Diaz and Wynter Bratenas chipped in with identical scores of 45.

"The biggest thing this year is we had some fun," Wheelock said. "I made it enjoyable at practice. The girls were very positive, coachable and dedicated. That makes a difference."