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CHS water polo earn split in first week of league play
Karen Bernal
Karen Bernal and Ceres High’s girls water polo team won one of their two matches during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play. Bernal totaled three goals. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s water polo program secured a split during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.

Ceres High’s boys team cruised to a 17-8 win over host Lathrop on Sept. 13.

“We controlled the match,” head coach Stephen Dias said.

Nicholas Campbell collected 11 goals.

Mackay Cannella and Calen Adams both had two goals.

Cayden Jantz had one goal.

Ceres High lost 20-9 to visiting Beyer on Wednesday.

“It will be way more competitive next time,” Dias said.

Bulldog goalie Jeremy Kier was sidelined with an arm injury.

“We had a field player in goal,” Dias said. “We didn’t have a backup.”

Campbell led Ceres High in scoring with six goals.

Jaden Joy added two goals.

Jantz had one goal.

Ceres High’s girls team defeated Lathrop 15-6 on the road.

“They got a lot of new players,” Dias said. “We’re half-and-half.”

Andrea Contreras collected four goals.

Elise Cannella had three goals.

Lillian Blevins, Amberlin Hopwood and Karen Bernal all had two goals.

Eva Onsurez and Maci Farinha chipped in with one goal apiece.

Host Ceres High suffered a 19-12 loss while battling Beyer.

“We gave them a good run,” Dias said. “But once you get behind, it takes a lot of work to catch up. It just wears you out quick.”

Canella led the Bulldogs in scoring with seven goals.

Blevins added two goals.

Contreras, Hopwood and Bernal contributed one goal each.


Ceres High’s football team dropped its Western Athletic Conference opener, 23-6, at Lathrop Friday evening.

The Bulldogs were forced to compete shorthanded after starting quarterback Landyn Hudson exited the game with a rib injury early in the second quarter.

“I was trying to play through it after the first hit,” he said. “I took another shot and the pain became too much to handle. I wanted to go back out there. It was a tough game to watch. We could have beat them.”

“We made the decision to pull him based on the injury,” Ceres High head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. “It changed what we do offensively. Effort wasn’t in question. The kids played hard and battled. We didn’t execute. They executed. We only had two possessions in the second half.”

Ceres High fell to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the WAC standings.

Lathrop improved to 3-1 and 1-0.

The Spartans limited the Bulldogs to 233 yards of total offense.

Hudson completed 2 of 5 passes for 17 yards.

Standout receiver Verlis Smith was 3 of 11 with 60 yards and one touchdown while filling in for Hudson. Smith also rushed for 42 yards on five carries.

Eli Beltran had a 32-yard TD reception.

Ricky Stanley caught one pass for 22 yards.

Lebron Stallworth’s lone catch resulted in a 6-yard gain.

Josh Prestridge gained 64 yards on six carries.

Tarrell Lee-Gill ran for 24 yards on 15 carries and caught two passes for 17 yards.

Kahmi Smith totaled 22 yards on four carries.

Mikey Rivera led the way on defense with 12 tackles and one sack.

Austin Munguia tallied nine tackles and one interception.

Beltran collected nine tackles.

Prestridge, Thomas Lopez and Tavion Travis all had seven tackles.

Donivan Turley totaled five tackles. 

The Bulldogs trailed by just one point, 7-6, when Hudson was knocked out of the game after taking a second hit to his right side.

“Our energy changed when I got hurt,” he said. “It sucked standing on the sidelines. I was trying to be a great teammate. I tried to help Verlis through his reads.”

Ceres High will compete against visiting Beyer (0-4, 0-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Hudson doesn’t know if he’ll be cleared to play this week.

“I’m going to see how I feel at practice,” Hudson said. “I’ll have an answer on Wednesday or Thursday if I’ll be able to go.”

“We’ll make a decision based on what’s best for him,” Goblirsch added. “Our goal doesn’t change. We want to play the best we’re capable of Friday night.”

Hawks returns to gridron

Central Valley’s football team will look to bounce back this week after suffering its first loss of the season on Sept. 10.

The Hawks had two weeks to prepare for its Central California Conference opener.

Central Valley (3-1) will travel to Atwater this Friday to play winless Buhach Colony (0-4) at 7 p.m.

“We have to take care of the football,” said Hawks’ head coach Derrick Goblirsch, whose team committed four turnovers in the opening half of its 34-14 loss to Enochs.

The Hawks averaged 169 yards rushing through their first four games of the season.

Omar Mendoza totaled a team-high 165 rushing yards on 36 carries.

Alejandro Hernandez carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns.

Felix Arellano has rushed for 157 yards and two scores on 53 carries.

Elijah Deleon totaled 101 yards and two TDs on 22 attempts.

Central Valley’s defense has limited its first four opponents to a combined 72 points.

Alexis Becerra leads the team in tackles with 31, to go along with two interceptions.

Ruben Valenzuela has 30 tackles, one sack and a team-leading two forced fumbles.

Sophomore Darrius Jackson ranks first on the team in interceptions (3). He also has nine tackles, one pass deflection and one fumble recovery.

Hernandez has 17 tackles, a team-high three sacks and one fumble recovery.

Smiley Malagon has 11 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Roberto Tiscareno has 11 tackles, one interception and two pass deflections.

Adrian Perez has 18 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection.

Ricardo Perez has three tackles and one sack.


Ceres High’s girls golf program suffered a pair of losses this past week.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 348 while being beaten by Pacheco (344) and Mountain House (269) in WAC cluster play on Sept. 14 at the Tracy Golf & Country Club.

“We struggled the whole day,” head coach Ron Edwards said. “It just wasn’t the new kids. It could have been the course. It has water on it. It’s longer and the greens are pretty quick. We usually play at St. Stanislaus. The greens are slow and rough.”

The Bulldogs dropped to 2-4 in the WAC standings.

“We’re not bad,” Edwards said. “We’ve had some close matches. I told the girls we could easily be 4-2. They’re still learning. I’m excited about that.”

Alysabeth Marquez led Ceres High with a 51 on the front-nine course.

Brooke Trio and Briana Tsurui had identical scores of 68.

Hailey Tsurui and Cassydi Wright shot 80 and 81, respectively.

Iryana Frahm led Mountain House with a 58.

Taylor Evert carded a 52.

Evelyn Holtz and Sofia Thrower both shot 56.

Aryssa Leus had a 57.

Ja’Leiah Thomas led Pacheco with a 66. Savanah Browder (67), Emma Rodriguez (69), Arlet Leon (71) and Gracie Luis (71) rounded out the Panthers’ scorecard.

Mackay Cannella in pool
Mackay Cannella and Ceres High’s boys water polo team beat Lathrop and lost to Beyer during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play. - photo by Dale Butler