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CHS girls tennis breaks into win column
Sports Roundup
Lizeth Cazarez
Central Valley High School girls tennis player Lizeth Cazarez won both of her singles matches against CCC competition last week. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley High School’s football team suffered its fifth-consecutive loss this past week.

The Hawks never posed a threat Friday night as the host Patterson Tigers delighted their homecoming fans with a 52-7 victory.

“We had a good mindset going into the game,” Central Valley head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “You have to play near-perfect to compete against a team like that. They’re really good. We didn’t execute the way we should have.”

The Hawks dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the Central California Conference standings.

The Tigers improved to 7-1 and 4-0.

Central Valley has been outscored 150-50 by its CCC opponents.

“We’re not where we want to be at this point of the year,” Goblirsch said. “Our league is tough. It’s a grind every week. The games get so physical. The strength of the guys we see, they’re bigger, stronger and faster.”

The shorthanded Hawks totaled 257 yards and committed three turnovers on offense.

Right tackle Josh Ludwig was sidelined with an injury.

Left tackle Andrue Olivas exited the contest in the third quarter after getting hurt.

Unable to play against Golden Valley the previous week due to injury, right guard Eddie Stewart returned to the lineup versus Patterson.

Junior quarterback Darrius Jackson completed 7 of 15 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception. 

He carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards.

Jackson made his fourth-straight start in place of Mario Gonzalez, who broke his left collarbone in a 21-20 loss to crosstown-rival Ceres High on Sept. 2.

“Darrius was playing safety for us at the beginning of the year,” Goblirsch said. “He’s done a great job filling in for Mario. He’s buying into the system and learning on the fly. It’s been a growing process for me learning what he does well. We try to do our best to put him in situations to play to his strengths. He’s a strong runner.”

Elijah “Booty” Jackson, Darrius’ older brother, finished with 38 yards and one touchdown on two catches.

Jayson Casias had 91 yards on two receptions.

Felix Arellano ran for a team-high 36 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass for 29 yards.

Anthony Ramirez’s lone catch resulted in a 10-yard gain.

Arellano tallied seven tackles on defense.

Ramirez collected five tackles on defense.

Olivas chipped in with one tackle and one forced fumble.

Joey Zuniga made 10 tackles.

Luis Munoz had six tackles and one pass deflection.

Amari O’Bryant had six tackles.

Leonardo Monroy had five tackles and one fumble recovery.

David Lewis had five tackles.

Garret Garcia had three tackles and one sack.

Uriel Mendoza had three tackles.

Central Valley allowed 24 points in the opening quarter en route to falling behind 31-7 in the first half. The Jackson brothers, Darrius and Elijah, combined for a 36-yard touchdown. Munoz added the point-after kick. 

The Hawks faced a 38-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

“Our guys played with great effort all night,” Goblirsch said. 

Central Valley will play host to Atwater (2-6, 1-3) on Senior Night this Friday at CUSD Stadium.

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

“It should be a competitive game if we execute,” Goblirsch said.

“Our seniors have three games left,” he added. “We don’t want to let them down.”


Ceres High’s girls water polo team beat Lathrop and lost to Beyer this past week in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Bulldogs dropped to fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference following Thursday’s 7-1 home loss to the second-place Beyer Patriots.

Kaylee Clindaniel had a team-high one goal for Ceres High, which fell to 4-5 in the WAC standings.

Bulldog goalkeeper Arleth Sanchez tallied 11 blocks.

Beyer outscored Ceres High 5-0 during the second half.

The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 at intermission.

Ceres High topped Lathrop 23-12 on Oct. 4.

“I rotated girls at will,” Dias said. “I put a lot of new players in the game.”

Clindaniel poured in a game-high 10 goals.

Lilly Blevins added six goals.

Jessie Blevins, Reagan Hensley and Jaylon Pilgrim all contributed two goals.

Haley Gaskill had one goal.

Sanchez and Jadasa Haro made seven and two saves, respectively, while logging playing time at goalkeeper.

The Bulldogs shut out the Spartans 5-0 in the first period en route to building a 10-4 lead in the opening half.

Ceres High outscored Lathrop 13-8 the rest of the match.

CHS boys lose twice

Ceres High’s youth-laden boys water polo team suffered losses while competing against Beyer and Lathrop this past week.

The Bulldogs dropped to 0-9 in the WAC standings.

Ceres High lost 9-4 to visiting Beyer on Thursday.

The Bulldogs allowed no goals in the first quarter and trailed 4-1 at the break.

Freshman Abel Samaniego Ceres High in scoring with two goals.

Freshman Miles Cabling and senior newcomer Zion Wesir both contributed one goal.

Freshman Logan Butler totaled four saves at goalkeeper.

Ceres High fell 12-2 at Lathrop on Oct. 4.

Samaniego and Wesir both scored once for the Bulldogs.

Butler made three saves.

Ceres High trailed 9-1 at the end of the first period.

The Spartans outscored the Bulldogs 3-2 the rest of the game.

Ceres High competed shorthanded against Beyer and Lathrop.

The Bulldogs have the youngest team in the WAC.

Seven of Ceres High’s nine players are underclassmen.

Logan Butler
Logan Butler and Ceres High’s youth-laden boys water polo team lost to Lathrop and Beyer this past week. Butler totaled seven saves. - photo by Dale Butler


Central Valley High School’s shorthanded girls tennis team dropped out of postseason contention this past week.

“If we had a full lineup, we’d have a chance at playoffs,” Hawks’ coach Nimrat Chahal said. “I’m still proud of the girls. They’re having fun and getting better. They’ve done a good job.”

Central Valley managed to secure a 6-3 win at El Capitan on Thursday despite competing without Angie Medrano and Kaitlyn Teng.

Medrano and Teng were both sidelined with ankle injuries.

The Hawks (4-6) remained in fourth place in the Central California Conference standings.

Central Valley won two of three doubles and four of six singles matches versus El Capitan.

Aleena Higle and Brianna Olsen prevailed 6-0, 6-1 while making their varsity debut at No. 3 doubles.

“They usually play JV,” Chahal said. “They stepped up. They played well together. They won in easy fashion. They’ve grown a lot throughout the season.”

Giselle Mendez and Jasleen Kaur prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.

Lliria Lira prevailed 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 at No. 3 singles.

Lizeth Cazarez prevailed 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

Lliana Guzman prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 (default) at No. 5 singles.

Alondra Robles prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.

Buhach Colony eliminated Central Valley from the race for a playoff berth with a 5-4 win on Oct. 4 in Ceres.

“It was a winnable match,” Chahal said. “We just dropped it.”

Central Valley won two of three doubles and three of six singles matches against Buhach Colony.

Analy Gomez and Marlene Jaquez prevailed 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.

Higle and Mikalynne Tapia prevailed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Cazarez prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

Robles prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 6 singles.


Split for Dawgs

Ceres High School’s girls tennis team is no longer winless.

The Bulldogs broke into the Western Athletic Conference victory column this past week.

Ceres High improved to 1-8 in the WAC standings after topping Johansen 5-4 on Oct. 5 in Modesto.

The Bulldogs swept all three doubles and won two of four singles matches versus the Vikings.

Camila Orellana and Zainab Nazir prevailed 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Monica Cendejas and Izabella Gutierrez prevailed 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

Isabella Jacquez and Nerisha Singh prevailed 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.

Jillian Mande prevailed 6-4, 7-5 at No. 5 singles.

Maria Garcia prevailed 6-4, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

Ceres High lost 9-0 to visiting Beyer on Oct. 4.