Ceres High’s varsity swim program dropped a pair of Western Athletic Conference dual meets to Beyer earlier this month in Modesto.
“Even though we lost (as a team), we won individual races,” said Kayla Himmist, first-year head coach of the Bulldogs. “The kids were pushing really hard. I wanted them to improve their times, which they did.”
Ceres High’s girls put up a fight in losing 95-75 to Beyer on March 6 in Modesto.
The Bulldogs fell to 1-1 in the WAC standings.
Allison McAdams, Katie Hensley, Emily Wolff, Ally Feld, Makayla Estermann, Jazzmin Suarez, Ashlyne Hott and Yasmin Padilla all contributed to Ceres High’s point total by finishing in the top five in their respective races.
McAdams finished first in the 200 free and 100 free.
Hensley finished first in the 100 back and second in the 200 free .
Wolff finished first in the 200 IM and second in the 100 fly.
Feld finished second in the 200 IM and 100 breast.
Estermann finished third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 IM.
Suarez placed third in the 50 free and fourth in the 500 free.
Hott finished fifth in the 200 free and 100 fly.
Padilla finished fifth in the 100 free.
Ceres High’s boys lost 95-75 to Beyer.
The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 in the WAC standings.
Mark Razo, Diego Armas, Ryan Baranski, Diego Caravalho, Wil Emmons and Nicholas Campbell all contributed to Ceres High’s point total.
Razo finished second in both the 100 fly and 100 breast.
Armas finished second in the 50 free.
Baranski finished third in the 50 free.
Caravalho finished third in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 IM.
Emmonds finished fifth in the 200 IM and 100 breast.
Campbell finished fifth in the 100 free.
Ceres High was supposed to compete at Johansen on March 13.
The meet was canceled at the last minute for safety reasons.
School districts in Stanislaus County suspended all athletic events, effective March 16, for the remainder of the month to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The CIF’s 10 Section commissioners and state office will meet via teleconference on April 3 to decide whether or not to cancel spring sports.
“We’re all extremely disappointed,” Himmist said. “We have to err on the side of caution to keep everybody safe. It’s definitely a wise decision. My hope is the health risks subside and we come back to school in late April or May.”
Central Valley’s swim program faced Livingston on the road earlier this month.
Central Valley’s varsity girls team suffered a 101-38 while competing against the Wolves on March 6.
Aryanna Jimenez placed first in the 100 free (1:03.60).
Sofia Amaral placed second in the 100 free (1:17.05) and fourth in the 50 free (33.66).
Ashley Corro placed third in the 50 free (33.04)
Areli Sandoval placed fifth in the 100 free (1:22.76)
Central Valley’s 200 ‘A’ medley relay placed first (2:32.68).
Central Valley’s 200 ‘B’ medley relay placed third (3:22.55).
Central Valley’s 200 ‘A’ free relay placed first (2:12.53).
Central Valley’s 200 ‘B’ free relay placed third (2:39.86).
Central Valley’s varsity boys lost 77-0 to Livingston.
Central Valley’s swim season was postponed earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“They’re young kids,” head coach Julie Brooks said. “They have a hard time with change. When you’re out of the water for a month, you’re going to be starting from day one again. I can push them to get their muscles where they were but their bodies are going to be exhausted. They won’t perform their best come (CCC) championships.”
Head coach Mike Rodriguez didn’t express any disappointment after Central Valley’s varsity boys tennis team dropped to 0-3 in the Central California Conference standings after suffering back-to-back losses.
“We’re a young team,” he said. “We’re still learning how to play.”
Central Valley was beaten 8-1 by host Atwater on March 10.
Joaquin Pulido and Jesus Hernandez prevented the shutout.
Pulido and Hernandez defeated Kevin Hurtado and Armando Mendoza 7-6 (3), 6-0 in No. 3 doubles play.
Gurtej Sangha and Jose Alvarez lost 6-0, 6-1 to Patrick Sheehan and Jordan Williams in No. 2 doubles play.
Aiden Sinlapaxay and Aaron Madrigal lost 6-0, 6-2 to Christopher Rojas and Javier Hurtado in No. 1 doubles play.
Omar Lepe lost 6-2, 6-1 to Aidan O’Herin in No. 1 singles play.
Lourdvic Polanes lost 6-0, 6-0 to Alfonso Torres in No. 2 singles play.
Andy Souksavath lost 6-2, 6-1 to Eli Figueiredo in No 3 singles play.
Alexsander Kishore lost 6-1, 6-1 to Julian Aguilar in No. 4 singles play.
Belisario Ramirez Jr. lost 6-2, 6-3 to Fidel Arroyo in No. 5 singles play.
Will Souksavath lost 6-0, 6-4 to Enrique Fregoso in No. 6 singles play.
Livingston topped visiting Central Valley 8-1 on March 5.
Braulio Arellano and Dominick Ramirez accounted for the Hawks’ team point.
Arellano and Ramirez defeated Alfredo Moran and Jacob Fuentes 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 in No. 3 doubles play.
Hernandez and Pulido lost 6-2, 6-4 to Tagvir Hothi and Armando Marin in No. 2 doubles play.
Sangha and Jose Alvarez lost 3-6, 6-2, 10-1 to Ibraheem Cheema and Stalindip Singh in No. 1 doubles play.
Lepe lost 6-3, 6-4 to Harkavan Bassi in No. 1 singles play.
Polanes lost 6-2, 6-2 to Navi Singh in No 2 singles play.
Kishore lost 6-2, 6-1 to Bryan Ponce in No. 3 singles play.
Willy Souksavath lost 6-4, 6-3 to Bryan Aguilar in No. 4 singles play.
Ramirez Jr. lost 6-4, 6-1 to Jesus Muniz in No. 5 singles play.
Sinlapaxay lost 6-1, 6-1 to Manjot Uppal in No. 6 singles play.
“It’s tough to gauge how good we could have been after three matches,” Rodriguez said. “I appreciate the guys being out there, putting in the effort and trying to get better.”
Central Valley’s season came to an abrupt on March 16.
“We were one of the last school districts to shut down,” Rodriguez said. “We had still been meeting up and practicing. I’m disappointed for the kids. For some of them, it’s the only sport they play. They’re going to lose out on a whole year. But it’s historic times. We have to look after everyone’s health.”
Central Valley has one senior on its roster this season in Andy Souksavath.
“I feel bad for all the seniors for every sport,” Rodriguez said. “We don’t know how it’s going to play out. It’s not looking good. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Dawgs secure split
Ceres High’s varsity boys tennis team evened its Western Athletic Conference record at 2-2 after winning one of two matches.
“We played well,” Bulldogs’ first-year head coach Alexis Hernandez said. “We still have little things to improve on.”
Host Ceres High shut out Pacheco 9-0 on March 10.
“I’m content with the result that we got,” Hernandez said.
The Bulldogs swept all six singles and three doubles matches.
Hassan Imran topped Nestar Ruiz 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.
Noah Zamora topped Raul Amador 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.
Eduardo Ramirez topped Charles Cornejo 6-0, 6-1 in No 3 singles play.
Manny Pimentel topped Elijah Aldama 6-2, 6-3 in No. 4 singles play.
Andy Tan topped Ivan Quemma 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.
Manuel Calderon topped Aaron Ortiz 6-2, 6-4 in No. 6 singles play.
Ian Saldana and Daniel Gonzalez topped Kevin Ramirez and Jose Delgado 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.
Isaiah Gudino and Oscar Aguayo topped Ruben Ramos and Alejandro Villegas 6-0, 6-2 in No. 2 doubles play.
Chris Sanchez and Ali Ikram won by forfeit at No. 3 doubles.
Los Banos coasted to an 8-1 victory over visiting Ceres High on March 12.
“It wasn’t a bad performance,” Hernandez said. “We put up a fight during many of the matches. It’s the beginning of the season. It’s a learning process. There’s still room for improvement.”
The Bulldogs won one of six singles and none of the three doubles matches.
Pimentel prevailed, 6-4, 6-4, in No. 4 singles play.
Imran lost 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
Zamora lost 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
Ramirez lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Tan lost 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5 singles.
Calderon lost 7-6, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.
Saldana and Gonzalez lost 6-3, 7-6 at No. 1 doubles.
Gudino and Aguayo lost 7-6, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
Sanchez and Ikram lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.
The Bulldogs might have competed for the final time this season as school districts in Stanislaus County suspended all athletic events.