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CHS plans to maintain winning tradition in girls golf
Bulldogs vying for another playoff berth
Second-year player Rose Sammons will try to help lead Ceres Highs varsity girls golf program to its seventh consecutive postseason appearance this fall. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Randy Cerny will step down as head coach of Ceres High's varsity girls golf program following the conclusion of the 2016 season.

The Bulldogs accumulated 55 wins and just 17 losses in Western Athletic Conference play from 2010-15 under Cerny's guidance.

Ceres High made history in 2014 by capturing its first-ever conference title. The Bulldogs had a perfect 12-0 record. Ceres High also placed second at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.

"This will be my final season coaching," Cerny said. "The past six seasons have been a remarkable run for girls golf here at Ceres High School, having compiled a winning record and sending a few of our players to the collegiate ranks. All of the girls on our current team are academically sound. Many are carrying multiple AP courses."

The new-look Bulldogs will be vying for their seventh straight postseason appearance this fall.

Ceres High edged out the Los Banos Tigers for the WAC's third and final playoff berth last year.

The Bulldogs will move forward without 2016 CHS grads Abigail Nou, Savanah Beltran and Alissa Atchison.

Cerny carries seven players on his roster, including Hannah Smith (Sr.), Monika Ramirez (Sr.), Rose Sammons (Jr.), Amy Holliday (Sr.), Alexandra Potts (So.), Vanessa Ramos (So.) and Ariana Medina (Fr.).

Smith and Ramirez will both start for the fourth year in a row.

"Hannah and Monika were instrumental during our 2014 championship season when we were undefeated in league, placed second at Divisionals and reached the Masters tournament," Cerny said. "That championship experience has resulted in Hannah and Monika becoming solid leaders on this year's team. Both girls are battle-tested and I expect them to have successful seasons to finish up their golf careers at Ceres High School."

Sammons is a second-year player.

"Rose worked very hard in the offseason," Cerny said. "She plays golf regularly with a league out at St. Stanislaus."

Amy, Alexandra, Vanessa and Ariana are newcomers.

Holliday transferred from crosstown-rival Central Valley. Mike Holliday, her father, teaches and coaches boys golf at CV.

"I'm expecting Ariana to play well this season," Cerny said. "She has been coached by Greg Silva at River Oaks and has also been competing in his match-play program there. Alexandra is currently being trained by Shane Balfour who is the Pro at St. Stanislaus."

Ceres High posted a team score of 590 on its way to a seventh-place showing at the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.

The Bulldogs compiled a 7-5 record during the WAC dual-season.

Livingston snapped Ceres High's 19-match winning streak dating back to the 2013 season.

The Bulldogs dropped 13 of 14 matches in the Valley Oak League in 2009.

Ceres High didn't field golf teams in 2008 and 2007 due to a lack of interest.

"Our expectation is to have a winning season and reach the Divisional tournament," Cerny said. "There are some good teams in the WAC even though El Capitan, last season's champion, has moved on to the Central California Conference."