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CHS girls golf suffers first loss since 2013
Wolves snap Bulldogs win streak
Hannah Smith and Ceres Highs varsity girls golf team suffered a pair of losses last week. The 2014 Western Athletic Conference champion Bulldogs had their 19-match unbeaten streak snapped by Livingston on Sept. 8. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Livingston ended Ceres High's run of dominance in girls golf this past week.

The Bulldogs lost by eight strokes, 231-239, to Wolves in Western Athletic Conference dual competition on Sept. 8 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course in Atwater.

Ceres High had a 19-match winning streak dating back to the 2013 season.

The Bulldogs placed first with a perfect 12-0 record last year.

"I'm still proud of our girls," Ceres High co-head coach Randy Cerny said. "We'll play better next time."

Bulldog Abigail Nou tied for low-medalist honors with a 15-over-par 51 against the Wolves.

Ceres High teammates Monika Ramirez, Hannah Smith and Rose Sammons shot 55, 63 and 70, respectively.

Lexi Gonzalez led Livingston with a 51.

Annie Winton, Angelina Rice and Monica Garcia shot 56, 60 and 64, respectively.

Smith was slowed by the flu.

"She was really sick," Cerny said. "I'm surprise she played."

El Capitan defeated Ceres High 220-234 on Thursday at Merced Gold & Country Club.

Nou paced the Bulldogs with a 51.

Smith (59), Sammons (61) and Ramirez (63) rounded out Ceres High's scorecard.

Salina Carbaugh led the Gauchos (4-0) with a 49.

Lauren Gudgel (53), Marcelina Mariano (55) and Aubrey Aponte (63) posted scores as well.

"We didn't play well," Cerny said. "El Capitan did. I thought it would be a little more competitive. El Capitan is the team to beat this year."
Ceres High will host Livingston and El Capitan on Sept. 29 and Oct. 8, respectively.

"We'll get to see both of them again," said Cerny, whose team dropped to 2-2 in WAC play last week. "We could turn the tables. There's a comfort zone playing at home."

Cross Country
The members of Ceres High's and Los Banos' varsity cross country teams competed in 100-degree weather last Wednesday.

"They gave their best effort," Bulldogs first-year head coach Katie Timmermans said. "It's really difficult because you can't escape the heat. It makes you feel exhausted. I keep reminding them to drink plenty of water the whole week before competition."

Ceres High's boys squad dropped their Western Athletic Conference dual-meet opener, 26-29, to the host Tigers.

The Bulldogs competed without Christian Linarez (asthma) and Joshua Madariaga (back).

"We were missing our top two runners," Timmermans said. "If they were there, we would have won."

Angel Macias was the Bulldogs' top finisher last week.

Macias finished third overall with a time of 20 minutes, 49 seconds on the 3-mile course.

"He definitely stepped up today," Timmermans said. "I'm really proud of him."

Bulldog teammates Roman Acosta (21:15), Adalberto Rodriguez (21:24), Jaime Mejia (21:29), and Isaac Soto (22:05) placed, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Los Banos' Michael Farrell (19:15) placed first.

Tiger teammates Jensen Chase (19:54), Michael Chavarria (20:49), Manuel Alday (22:08) and Gerardo Lara (22:52) took second, fourth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Ceres High's girls squad lost by forfeit to Los Banos.

"You need five runners to score," Timmermans said.

Jennifer Cisneros (26:17), Karina Torrez (27:10), Cristina Arreola (27:13) and Josephina Trevino (27:28) posted times for the Bulldogs.

Ceres High's Miranda Vasquez and Peyton Jones did not finish the race.

"They were showing symptoms of heat exhaustion."

Ceres High will host Livingston today at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. The meet will get underway at 4 p.m.