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Bulldogs best WAC competition
CHS boys tennis team unbeaten in league play
Ceres Highs Donnavin Koeurn defeated Pachecos Raul Amador 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play last Thursday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys golf team enjoyed a successful start to the Western Athletic Conference campaign.

The 2016-champion Bulldogs won the first of six WAC regular-season tournaments on Thursday at St. Stanislaus.

"Everybody is pretty happy with the outcome," Ceres High sophomore standout Gary Condit said.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 341.

Patterson (371), Livingston (383), Los Banos (415), Centtral Valley (418) and Pacheco (429) placed second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

"Ceres is going to roll through league," Central Valley head coach Mike Holliday said. "They have a full squad of veteran kids."

Condit earned low-medalist honors with a 2-over-par 56.

James Cervantez (70), Jayden Panyanouvong (71), Jake Nevarez (72) and Braden Hurst (72) rounded out Ceres High's scorecard.

Johnny Velazquez led the host Hawks with a 77.

Jonathan Barragan and freshman Kadin Richardson posted identical scores of 84.

Efrain Garcia and freshman Jacob Hendrix shot 85 and 88, respectively.

Freshman Thomas Carrillo carded a 96.

Velazquez, Barragan, Richardson, Hendrix and Carrillo all competed for the first time for Central Valley.

"I wasn't worried with the outcome," Holliday said. "I wanted them to get the idea of how everything works. Overall, I'm happy. We had three freshmen playing. I thought they did really well. We have potential for growth."

The WAC's old schedule consisted of six duals and two tournaments.

The 2017 slate features a total of eight tournaments, including mid-season and year-end events.

Teams play 18 holes of golf instead of nine.

"You have to be focused every week," Holliday said. "Every single match, you're playing the best golfers in the league. The Central California Conference has been doing it for a while. It prepares us for playoffs and makes it easier to select MVP and all-league players."

"I like the new format," said Condit, the WAC's second-best player as a freshman. "It's a real round of golf. That's what pros do."

Ceres High's varsity boys tennis team remained unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference play this past week.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 in the WAC standings after shutting out visiting Pacheco 9-0 on Thursday.

Ceres High swept all six singles and three doubles matches.

Nolan McCaig defeated Michael Farias 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Chris Padilla defeated Luis Gaxiola 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Christian Pimentel defeated Michael Ayala 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Jorge Campos defeated Oscar Amador 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Donnavin Koeurn defeated Raul Amador 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Darren Polanes defeated Pablo George 6-0, 6-0 in No. 6 singles play.

Juan Hernandez and Angelo Marino won by forfeit at No. 1 doubles.

Tony Heras and Erik Haro won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles.

Tarandeep Singh and Gurraj Purewal won by forfeit at No. 3 doubles.

Ceres High edged host Livingston 5-4 on March 7.

The Bulldogs took four of six singles and one of three doubles matches from the Wolves.

McCaig defeated Isaias Cortes 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Padilla defeated Angel Ramirez 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 singles play.

Campos defeated Kevin Castro 6-2, 7-5 in No. 4 singles play.

Koeurn defeated Sam Redmon 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in No. 5 singles play.

Singh and Purewal defeated San Kang and Luis Muniz Garcia 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.

Hernandez and Marino lost 6-3, 6-1 to Michael Leon and Harjot Sidhu in No. 1 doubles play.

Heras and Haro lost 6-0, 6-0 to Edgar Salas and Balpreet Chahal in No. 2 doubles play.

Pimentel lost 7-5, 6-0 to Diego Jimenez in No. 3 singles play.

Polanes lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to Enrique Medina in No. 6 singles play.