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CHS finishes third at Pitman tourney; JV Hawks bring home title
Niblett throws TD pass in defeat
Ceres Highs Adrian Espinoza (15) battles for possession with a Golden Valley player at the Pitman tournament. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys soccer team compiled a 2-2 record en route to a third-place finish in Group C at the Pitman tournament.

"The competition was tough," head coach Javier Mercado said. "We should have placed second. We'll get better."

The Bulldogs opened the tournament on Friday with back-to-back wins.

Ceres High posted a 4-2 victory over Golden Valley.

Joel Bhatti scored a game-high two goals for the Bulldogs.

Tomas Rocha and Adrian Espinoza each had one goal.

Nicolas Martinez made three saves.

Ceres High earned a hard-fought 2-1 win while battling Kimball.

Cris Torres collected two goals.

Martinez had five saves.

The Bulldogs lost 3-1 to Turlock and 2-1 to Galt on Saturday.

Rocha scored both of Ceres High's goals.

Martinez totaled 14 saves, including 11 against Galt.

Turlock beat Ceres High despite being outshot, 18-6.

CV boys dominates
Central Valley's junior-varsity boys soccer team dropped three of four games at the Pitman tournament in 2012.

The Hawks won the title in dominant fashion this year, outscoring their four opponents 19-2.

Central Valley defeated Atwater 2-0 and Patterson 7-1 on Saturday.

The Hawks handled El Capitan of Merced 6-0 and Sierra 4-1 on Friday.

Robert Perez led Central Valley in scoring with five goals.

The Hawks have a 17-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season.

Panthers 36, Bulldogs 6

Ceres High's freshman football team dropped its season opener 36-6 to host Modesto High on Friday.

"The score is a reflection of our effort," Bulldogs head coach Steve Festa said. "We made a lot of mistakes."

Elijah Niblett and Haayden Martinez accounted for Ceres High's lone score, combining for a 40-yard touchdown in the first half.

Wrestling sign-ups
The Ceres Hawks youth club will be holding sign-ups for the 2013 season inside Central Valley High School's wrestling room, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Sept. 15 and 22. For more information, call 765-6695.