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CHS water polo teams secure split
•CV volleyball drops to 0-2 in CCC standings
Kenneth Arroyo
Kenneth Arroyo helped Ceres High’s varsity boys water polo team secure a split during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s varsity boys and girls water polo programs won and lost by blowout during the first week of Western Athletic Conference play.

Ceres High’s boys team won its opener, 27-1, at Lathrop on Sept. 10.

Cruz Fee poured in a game-high six goals for the Bulldogs.

Oscar Barajas and Nicholas Campbell contributed four goals apiece.

Luis Alvarez and Daniel Guel each both tallied two goals.

Kenneth Arroyo, Noah Avalos, Brian Ayala, Ryan Baranski, Cayden Jantz, Jeremy Kier, Omar Maciel, Bryan Nunez and Nathaniel Pethyon all had one goal.

Host Ceres High lost 17-4 to Beyer on Thursday.

Arroyo, Ayala, Baranski and Campbell all scored once.

Ceres High’s girls team routed Lathrop 29-1 on Sept. 10.

Elise Cannella, Makayla Estermann and Emily Wolff led the way with five goals apiece.

Allison McAdams had four goals.

Mia Norstrom, Mariana Ramirez Cabrera and Jewell Stahl all had two goals.

Karen Bernal, Ashlyne Hott, Angelique Huerta-Alvarado and Jazzmin Suarez chipped in with one goal each.

Ceres High lost 14-1 to visiting Beyer on Thursday.

Wolff accounted for the Bulldogs’ lone goal. 


Central Valley’s varsity girls volleyball team experienced similar results while playing three matches in a four-day span last week.

The Hawks dropped to 0-2 in the Central California Conference standings after losing 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-11) to host El Capitan on Sept. 11.

Kaydee Peterman led Central Valley with 11 digs.

Azalia Diaz had six kills, two blocks, one dig and one ace.

Anusha Kumar had three kills and one block.

Mony Chhoeum had two aces, two blocks and one dig.

Anysia Lopez had two kills and two blocks.

Sejal Malhi had two blocks.

Alondra Carrillo Rodriguez and Phusadee Sivongxay both had one dig.

Host Central Valley was beaten 3-0 (25-16, 25-14 25-9) by Enochs in non-conference play on Sept. 10.

Peterman led the Hawks with six digs.

Kumar had three digs.

Lopez had one kill and one block.

Chhoeum had one kill.

Sivongxay had one dig.

Central Valley opened CCC play with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19) loss to visiting Buhach Colony on Sept. 8.

Kumar led the Hawks with five digs and three kills.

Diaz had five digs, two aces and one kill.

Lopez had five kills and two blocks.

Malhi had two kills and one block.

Chhoeum had two aces and one block. 

Kim Garcia had one ace.


After a setback earlier in the week that saw the Hughson High varsity football team forfeit its season-opening win, the Huskies came out with a vengeance Friday night in their 30-0 victory over Summerville High.

Aiden Meyer led the Huskies to victory over the Bears, finishing with 147 passing and 43 rushing yards in a night that saw Hughson put on an offensive clinic, tallying 443 total offensive yards while holding Summerville to just 169 offensive yards of its own.

Hughson High announced on Sept. 10 that it was forced to forfeit its season-opening victory over Stagg High of Stockton after Huskies Athletic Director Joel Bernard self-reported a mistake regarding a transfer player to the Sac-Joaquin Section. In addition to the devastating blow to the team’s record, several Huskies players also succumbed to the flu this week.

That didn’t stop Hughson. They jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter thanks to Meyer, who completed a three-yard touchdown run to cap a four-play scoring drive. After forcing a three-and-out from the Bears, the Huskies scored again on their ensuing possession — this time, a six-yard pass from Meyer to Nathan Rawe.

The play of the game came in the second quarter and put Hughson up 21-0 when Meyer shot a screen pass over to Steven Morris, who then fell back and connected with Clayton Dowdy for a 66-yard touchdown pass. The double pass was the first play of the possession, and was a welcome sight with an offense that had multiple dropped passes in their most recent loss against Orestimba.

The Huskies’ other two scoring plays came in the final seconds of the first half, when Rawe booted a 33-yard field goal, and again early in the fourth quarter, thanks to a four-yard touchdown run from running back Zander De la Cruz.

De la Cruz was instrumental in the Huskies’ offensive onslaught, leading the team’s running game and collecting 171 total yards all on his own.

As with any shutout, Hughson’s defense was lights out, forcing three turnovers during the course of the game — two fumble recoveries by George Crayton and an interception by Zeek Davis.

The Huskies (2-2) will begin league play this Friday at 7 p.m. in Hughson against Livingston High (3-1). 

Turlock Journal reporter Angelina Martin contributed to this report.