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CHS matches last seasons win total
JV Bulldogs improve to 4-1
Ceres High junior-varsity football receiver Dylan Grubeck hands the ball off to an official after scoring a touchdown against Atwater on Sept. 23. The host Bulldogs held on for a 28-14 victory. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls volleyball team won just four total matches during the 2015 Western Athletic Conference season.

The Bulldogs equaled last year's victory total by sweeping host Patterson 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-21) on Wednesday.

Ceres High improved to 4-3 in the WAC standings.

The Bulldogs had eight matches remaining on their conference schedule as of Sunday.

Rayohna Sagapolu collected a team-high 14 digs against Patterson.

Sophomore Tiana Rogers dished out nine assists.

Madison Nash tallied six kills and four aces.

Shelby Veuve totaled four aces.

Kendall Meyer had four blocks.

Ceres High lost 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-19) to Los Banos on Sept. 26 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Sophomore Alyssa Stiles led the Bulldogs with 17 digs, six kills and three aces.

Diana Zarco collected seven assists.

Meyer accumulated five blocks.

Sagapolu had three aces.

Hawks split
Central Valley's varsity girls volleyball team secured a split during WAC play last week.

The Hawks moved to 4-3 in the conference standings.

Central Valley edged the host Livingston Wolves 3-2 on Sept. 26.

Los Banos swept Central Valley 3-0 on Wednesday in Ceres.

Ceres High School's junior-varsity football team dominated early and dashed Atwater's comeback bid with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter during their Sept. 23 non-conference matchup.

The host Bulldogs prevailed 28-14 and improved to 4-1 on the year.

"We were firing on all cylinders in the first quarter," Ceres High head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. "We were able to make key plays at the end of the game when we needed them."

The Falcons cut a 16-point deficit to two in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs responded with 14 unanswered points of their own to secure the victory.

Ceres High quarterback Dalton Durossette tossed touchdowns passes to Bulldog teammates Dylan Grubeck (9 yards) and Mateo Scalise (4 yards) in the final period.

"He's made some big throws for us in clutch times," Goblirsch said.

Ceres High cornerback Brock DeWitt picked off two passes in the fourth quarter.

DeWitt helped set up Scalise's score with a 39-yard interception return.

"Defensively, he's one of our best cover corners," Goblirsch said. "We didn't know what we were going to get out of him coming into the season. He hasn't played football in at least a year. We're very happy with how he's performed. He's very smart. He's always around the ball."

The Bulldogs outscored the Falcons 16-0 in the first quarter.

Alcala broke loose for a 20-yard touchdown run.

Durossette booted a 25-yard field goal and added an 8-yard rushing TD.

Four of Ceres High's 11 starters on offense are freshmen, including Durossette and linemen Josh Pernetti, Bruce DeSpain and Elias Saldana.

"We were low on numbers and brought those guys up," Goblirsch said. "They all earned their spots."

Durossette completed 10 of 17 passes for 85 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against Atwater. He also rushed for 19 yards and one TD on two attempts.

Alcala ran for 46 yards and one touchdown on five carries versus the Falcons.

Felipe Martinez gained a team-high 51 yards on nine carries. He also caught three passes for 32 yards.

Dale Sizemore hauled in five passes for 40 yards.

Ceres High has posted two shutouts and allowed just 48 points this season.

"Our defense has been strong for us all year," Goblirsch said.

The Bulldogs compiled a near-perfect 4-1 during the preseason.

"We still have a lot of things to work on," Goblirsch said.

Wolfpack 7, Hawks 6
Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team remained winless on the year after suffering its fifth consecutive loss this past month.

The visiting Hawks were edged out, 7-6, by the West Wolfpack on Sept. 23.

"We get judged on our wins and losses," Central Valley head coach Joe Rohles said. "We don't accept moral victories."

The Hawks rushed for 175 yards against the Wolfpack

Gabe Rodriguez ran for 87 yards and one touchdown on seven attempts.

Ryan Palecek totaled 59 yards on seven carries.

Brandan Cordeiro tallied 71/2 tackles.

Mark Sotelo had four tackles and four pass deflections.

"We have to play with more of a sense of urgency on the offensive side of the ball," Rohles said. "We have to score some points to help the defense out."

Central Valley scored a touchdown in the second quarter but failed to convert its point-after kick.

"We clearly weren't the best team on the field," Rohles said.

The Hawks dropped all five of their preseason games.

"It's a learning experience for the players every week," Rohles said. "We'll continue to grow and develop as a team. We'll get better. The first victory will give us a big boost of confidence and motivation for the rest of the year," Rohles said.