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CHS to rely on talent, experience
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Senior Abigail Nou helped lead Ceres High to a perfect 12-0 WAC dual record in 2014. Nou will fill the top spot in the Bulldogs' new-look lineup this year. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team enjoyed its best season to date last fall.

"It was a magical year," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "We did some things with that group that had never been done before. It was a great learning experience for the girls that are coming back because they were a part of it."

Returnees Abigail Nou (Sr.), Hannah Smith (Jr.), Monika Ramirez (Jr.), Savannah Beltran (Sr.) and Ceres High will be striving for continued success in 2015.

Newbie Alissa Atchison (Sr.) will also contribute.

Veterans Caitlin Pfaff, Erica Hogner and Brittany Turnbow were lost to graduation.

Pfaff, two-time Western Athletic Conference MVP, will be remembered as Ceres High's greatest female golfer.

Hogner, a top-three player, also had a memorable career with the Bulldogs.

"We did lose some talent," Cerny said. "We have a good core to build around."

The Bulldogs were undefeated in WAC play last season.

Ceres High won all 12 of its dual matches.

The Bulldogs placed first at the conference's mid-season and year-end events.

Ceres High posted a team score of 513 on its way to a program-best runner-up finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.

The Bulldogs finished 14th overall (534) while competing at Masters for the first time.

Ceres High took third at the prestigious Merced Tournament.

The Bulldogs participated in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row under Cerny's guidance.

Randy was voted WAC Coach of the Year.

"I drive the van," Cerny said. "The girls play the golf. I'm just excited to be a part of it. I try to be a good motivator, teach them the right way to play and make them better people."

Ceres High will be vying for its sixth consecutive playoff berth.

"We know there are some good teams out there," Cerny said. "We'll be competitive. I feel really good about our potential."