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Bulldogs complete dominant run against WAC rivals
Ceres Highs Jacob Langan and Central Valleys Noah Postley (right) finished sixth and 18th, respectively, at the WAC Championships last week in Chowchilla. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High School's varsity boys golf program accomplished several firsts this year.

The Bulldogs placed first with a near-perfect 11-1 record during the Western Athletic Conference dual season.

Ceres High also bested all competitors at the WAC Mid-Season Tournament.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 455 while winning the WAC Year-End Tournament title on May 3 at Pheasant Run Golf Club in Chowchilla.

"They made my first year as head coach special," Ceres High leader Abel Maestas said. "I'm thrilled to be a part of the program."

Bulldog freshman Gary Condit placed first with a 7-over-par 79 in the individual standings last week.

"I'm so proud of what he's done this season," Maestas said. "He's a great player. He takes the game so serious."

Freshman Braden Hurst (90), junior Jacob Langan (92), sophomore Jake Nevarez (96) and freshman Jayden Panyanouvong (98) rounded out the Bulldogs' scorecard by finishing fourth, sixth, ninth and 11th, respectively.
Hurst, Ceres High's No. 6 player, had another solid outing.

"We might not have won the tournament if Braden didn't shoot as well as he did," Maestas said. "He's been clutch the past two weeks. He made such a difference."

Ceres High finished ahead of El Capitan (462), Los Banos (479), Livingston (520), Patterson (520), Central Valley (545) and Pacheco (593) at the WAC season-ending tourney.

The crosstown Hawks were led by Derek Weis, who finished in eighth place (94).

Efrain Garcia (108), Noah Postley (109), Jose Castillo (113) and Ricardo Briseno (121) took 17th, 18th, 21st and 24th, respectively.

"I do have to applaud CV," Maestas said. "They've been improving every week."

Maestas believes Ceres High will continue its run of dominance in the WAC over the next three years.

"I always set high goals for my players," Maestas said. "We go into every match and tournament, knowing if we play our best, we'll have a chance to win. These guys are so special. It's going to get better. If you look at my roster, I'm carrying three freshmen. Their contributions to the team and the improvement by the returning players allowed us to have a successful season. We're young and talented. It's great for our program moving forward."