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Cooper takes second at 140s
Central Valley varsity girls basketball players Chetna Kumar (pictured left), Elizabeth Robinson and Rosie Duarte competed at home for the final time on Thursday. The three seniors garnered special recognition before the Hawks defeated the Pacheco Panthers 42-38 in WAC play. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High's wrestling program had eight individual placers at Pitman's Rumble in the Jungle Tournament on Jan. 27 in Turlock.

"They're getting rewarded for the hard work they're putting in," coach Steve Festa said.

Jaden Cooper, Daniel McElwain, Spencer Nelson, Andrew Gibson and Ethan Letras placed in the varsity boys division.

Cooper took second with a 3-1 record at 140 pounds.

"It's definitely not what I wanted," Jaden said. "I wanted to walk away with a (championship) belt. But I'm pleased with my performance."

McElwain (220s, 4-1) took third.

Nelson (195s, 3-1) and Gibson (170s, 3-1) both took fifth.

Letras (160s, 2-1) took seventh.

Hillary Ortega compiled a 2-1 record on her way to finishing in second place in the 150-pound weight class in the varsity girls division.

Elias Saldana won the heavyweight title while competing in the junior-varsity boys division.

Saldana beat all three of his opponents.

Argel Arroyo (220s, 2-1) placed second.

Central Valley's varsity boys basketball team defeated Pacheco 61-41 in Western Athletic Conference play on Friday in Los Banos.

The third-place Hawks improved to 9-16 overall and 3-5 in the WAC standings.

The last-place Panthers dropped to 0-9 in league play.

Central Valley's David Serrano totaled 13 points, nine rebounds and two steals versus Pacheco.

Hanson Hy chipped in with 13 points, five assists, two steals and one rebound.

Max Sanchez collected 11 points, three steals and one assist.

Daniel Villasenor had nine points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists.

Miguel Jimenez had six points, four steals, two assists and one rebound.

Phil Jackson had three points, three steals, one rebound and one assist.

Alonzo Bustos had three points.

Tony Gaut had two points, three rebounds and one steal.

Grant Neang had one point.

Central Valley will play its final two games of the WAC season this week.

The Hawks will host Patterson today and crosstown-rival Ceres High on Friday.

Both games will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Central Valley edged Ceres High 57-52 on Jan. 24.

A member of Central Valley's varsity girls basketball program since her sophomore year, Rosie Duarte competed at home for the final time Thursday evening in Ceres.

Duarte totaled four points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals at guard during the Hawks' 42-38 victory over the Pacheco Panthers on Senior Night.

"It's my last home game," Duarte said. "It still hasn't hit me yet. I'm going to miss my teammates and coach (Jesse Padilla). I've known him for six years. My older sister (Veronica) played for him."

Duarte, Elizabeth Robinson and Chetna Kumar, Central Valley's three seniors, were recognized prior to tipoff.

Robinson collected 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Kumar added five points.

"I wouldn't say I was nervous," Rosie stated. "I was excited. I had a lot of family support there. I just wish I did more things in the game."

Junior Sunaina Dhillon led the Hawks with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Junior Isabella Andres tallied three points.

Juniors Angelina Knights, Jennifer Novoa and Anmolpreet Sangha all contributed two points.

Central Valley shot 29 percent (11 of 38) from the field and 59 percent (10 of 17) from the free-throw line for the game.

"Everybody was expecting us to win because we beat them last time," Duarte said. "There was a lot of pressure."

Central Valley trailed 26-20 heading into the second half.

The Hawks outscored the Panthers 22-12 during the final 16 minutes.

Central Valley improved to 3-16 overall and 2-6 in the WAC standings.

"We picked up the momentum in the end," Duarte said. "A lot of shots fell. We had to fight for the win."

Central Valley had high hopes for the 2017-18 campaign despite losing all five of its starters to graduation.

The Hawks will fall short of their goal.

Central Valley was seeking to secure its fourth consecutive playoff berth.

"We're all trying to stay positive and enjoy the rest of our games," Duarte said.

Central Valley's final two opponents are Patterson and Ceres High.

The Hawks will travel across town to face the Bulldogs this Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Central Valley squandered a 12-point leading in losing 52-40 to Ceres High on Jan. 23.

The Bulldogs limited the Hawks to just six points in the second half.

Bulldogs lose twice
Camryn Silva and Ceres High's varsity girls basketball program have succeeded at staying positive this winter despite managing to win just several games.

"It's been a rocky season," said Silva, a junior guard. "I'm proud of my team. We've kept our heads high."

Ceres High lost 45-21 at second-place Livingston on Jan. 30.

Chrystal Perales tallied a team-high 10 points for the last-place Bulldogs (3-17, 1-7).

Naciah Smith, Jackie Pulido and Angelina Ursua contributed five, four and two points, respectively.

"We could have played harder and smarter as a team," Silva said.

Ceres High lost 62-15 at first-place Patterson on Thursday.

Silva, Smith and Harmen Bahia led the Bulldogs in scoring with four points apiece.

Vivian Moreno added three points.

"Patterson has a really good team," Silva said. "We couldn't do much against them."