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Bulldog Smith a first-team WAC selection in golf
Ceres Highs Ramirez makes second team
Ceres High varsity girls golf members Hannah Smith (pictured left) and Monika Ramirez were both rewarded for their outstanding play. Smith was selected to the WAC First Team. Ramirez received second-team all-league accolades. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity girls golf members Hannah Smith and Monika Ramirez teamed up for the final time at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament this past month in Atwater.

"We've been together for four years," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "They've both improved dramatically."

Smith's outstanding play on the links earned her a spot on the Western Athletic Conference First Team.

Hannah tied for sixth place with a score of 105 at the conference's year-end tournament.

She finished ninth (93) at Divisionals.

"She surprised me for the last year or two," Cerny said. "She never played golf prior to her freshman year of high school. She got better every single year. She was very competitive."

Ramirez earned second-team, all-league honors.

Monika placed 10th (117) at the WAC season-ending tourney and 17th (106) at Divisionals.
"She had a competitive streak to her," Cerny said.

Smith and Ramirez helped the Bulldogs continue their tradition of excellence.

Ceres High advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs four times, captured one WAC championship and posted a combined record of 37-9 in league play from 2013-16.

The Bulldogs accomplished their main goal this fall by making another postseason appearance.

Ceres High finished second in the WAC's overall standings.

The Bulldogs made history in 2014 by claiming their first-ever conference title. Ceres High won all 12 of its WAC dual matches. The Bulldogs placed first at the conference's mid-season and year-end events. Ceres High posted a team score of 513 on its way to a program-best runner-up finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament. The Bulldogs took 14th overall (534) while competing at Masters for the first time. Ceres High was third at the prestigious Merced Tournament.

"Both of them came in as freshmen never having really played golf," Cerny said.