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Alejandro Garcia starred in cross country and track and field.

Jode Johnson excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Garcia and Johnson were voted Ceres High School's Male and Female Athletes of the Year last week.

Bulldog Athletic Director Glenn Driskell made the announcement on Wednesday, June 2.

"Our class was filled with talent," Alejandro said. "To be a part of such a group is a great honor."

"I'm just honored to get this," Jode said. "It's a great accomplishment knowing people saw what I did and appreciated my hard work."

Johnson became the first three-time recipient of the prestigious award. She had a phenomenal career.

Jode was named Valley Oak League Offensive Player of the Year in softball this past season. The standout shortstop hit .506 with four homers, one triple, seven doubles, 18 RBIs, 29 runs, 17 stolen bases and a .696 slugging percentage in 26 games for Ceres High, which posted a 17-9-1 overall record and tied for third place in the VOL (11-5).

In basketball, Johnson received first-team, all-league honors after starring at guard-forward. She averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as the Bulldogs finished 12-14 and 8-8 (fifth place).

In volleyball, Jode led Ceres High to its first playoff appearance since 2004 and a 9-7 mark in conference play (fourth).

She received second-team, all-conference honors. She tallied 76 kills 74 serve receptions, 57 digs, 16 aces and 15 blocks.

"I kept pushing myself to get better," Johnson said. "I'm glad how I did and my team did every year."

Jode enjoyed competing against VOL rival East Union each season.

The Bulldogs and Lancers both won three times in softball from 2008-10.

She crushed a walk-off, three-run homer, rallying Ceres High to an 8-6 victory during a pivotal contest in 2009.

In basketball, the Bulldogs tallied just one victory in eight meetings versus East Union. Ceres High lost by one point twice and three points once.

Johnson scored 17 points, including the winning basket at the buzzer, as the Bulldogs defeated the Lancers 48-47 her junior year.

"There was always a lot of excitement when we played," she said.

Alejandro's main participation was in the sport of cross country. In the fall, he became the first two-time, state-meet qualifier in program history. Garcia placed 34th at the CIF championships. He also turned in improved performances at the section (second place), divisional (third) and conference (first) finals. Garcia won the Stanislaus County Invitational title and a pair of VOL cluster meets for the second straight year as well.

"The best decision I made was to go out for cross country instead of soccer," said Garcia, who claimed section and sub-section titles at the frosh-soph level in 2008. "I enjoyed the competition and having fun with the team."

This spring, Alejandro made a name for himself in track and field.

Garcia took seventh in the 3,200 meters while making his first-ever appearance at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships. He finished the race in 9:29.90, nearly 11 seconds faster than his old school record. A week earlier, Alejandro won the Division III title (9:40.49).

"I set small goals," said Garcia, who shattered 2008 Bulldog Athletic Hall of Fame member and 1971 Ceres High grad Randy Mittelstadt's school record in the two-mile event. "When I met one, I'd set another one. If you put your time and effort into something, anything is possible."

Alejandro will continue his running career at Modesto Junior College.

Jode plans to play both softball and basketball at a four-year school in California.