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Bulldogs shut out Wolves, remain unbeaten
Ceres High wins California Classic
Ceres Highs varsity boys tennis team compiled a perfect 5-0 record while finishing in first place at the California Classic last month in Fresno. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team continued its run of dominance with a 9-0 victory over host Sierra in non-conference play last Friday.

The Bulldogs improved their overall record to 18-0.

"You can't be to upset if you haven't lost a match," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said. "But there's still a lot to work on. We haven't played anybody that poses that big of a threat. We want to be pushed."

The Bulldogs swept all six singles and three doubles matches versus the Timberwolves.

Nolan McCaig defeated Keegan D'souza 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Julio Ochoa defeated Laic Beugre 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Alick Liang defeated Mark Paule Jr. 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

Chase Harden defeated Josh Hernandez 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Rene Cortes defeated Adam Searle 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Jordan Mey defeated Anthony Alcantar 6-2, 6-2 in No. 6 singles play.

Shane Kumar and Heath Adrian defeated Alex Len and Zach Gosney 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles play.

Jorge Ruiz and Waleed Maheed defeated Jameson Smith and Amalio Durazo 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles play.

Bruno de la Torre and Manuel Lazcano defeated Steven Gott and Andrew Andrade 7-5, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.

Ceres High has won 94 percent of its matches (68-4) since 2012.

"I don't want that to be the focus," said Bryan Harden, who's coached tennis at Ceres High for 24 years. "I want my kids to be hungry. We still got a long ways to go. I don't think we're working as hard as we need to. We just got to keep plugging away."

CHS first in Fresno
The Bulldogs participated in the California Classic for the third year in a row this past month in the Fresno area.

Ceres High captured the Division-V bracket title with a perfect 5-0 record.

The Bulldogs won all five of their matches while finishing in first place in Division VI in 2012.

Ceres High had a 4-1 mark in Division V last season.

"This is the second time in three years we've won it," Bryan Harden said. "It was fun."

The Bulldogs defeated Cardinal Newman 5-1 for the title on March 8.

Ceres High edged out Harker of San Jose via tiebreaker in the semifinals on March 8.

Each team won three matches.

The Bulldogs were awarded the team victory because they held a 42-38 advantage in total number of games won.

Ceres High topped Golden West (5-1), Atascadero (tiebreaker, 7-6 in sets) and Roseville (6-0) on March 7.