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CHS wrestling wins WAC dual opener
Central Valley girls soccer collects pair of victories
Ceres Highs varsity girls soccer team won twice by shutout during the opening week of WAC play. Breanna Moreno (pictured) totaled five goals and one assist as the Bulldogs beat Patterson 3-0 on Thursday in Ceres and host Los Banos 9-0 on Dec. 3. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys wrestling team enjoyed an impressive start to the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet season.

The Bulldogs never trailed in dominating the host Los Banos Tigers, 54-27, Wednesday night.

"We did what we were supposed to do," head coach Steve Festa said. "I'm satisfied."

Ceres High won nine of 14 matches, including five by pin.

Diego Diaz won by first-round pin (1:34) over Colten Graham at 195 pounds.

Aiden Moore won by first-round pin (1:01) over Cody Battles at 170 pounds.

John Alba won by first-round pin (0:59) over Gage Collodi at 160 pounds.

Jaden Cooper won by first-round pin (0:14) over Saul Madriz at 145 pounds.

Luis Camarillo won by first-round pin (0:44) over Chris Kyles at 132 pounds.

"We don't take anybody for granted," Festa said. "Every team in our league is tough. There are no gimmees."

Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team had its hands full during last week's WAC opener at Los Banos.

The Bulldogs earned a hard-fought 61-54 victory while battling the Tigers Friday night.

Ceres High improved to 9-8 overall and 1-0 in the WAC standings.

Los Banos dropped to 7-10 and 0-1.

The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures versus the Tigers, including Cristian Garcia, Haaydn Martinez and Inder Sandhu.

Garcia, Ceres High's 6-foot-6 junior center, scored a season-high 26 points.

Cristian made 10 of 12 shots from the floor and all six of his free throws.

Martinez converted 11 of 16 foul shots on his way to tallying 17 points.

Sandhu contributed 10 points.

The Bulldogs shot 73 percent (22 of 30) from the free-throw line.

Central Valley's varsity boys soccer program collected one win and one loss during the opening week of WAC play.

"We can do so much better," Hawks head coach Omar Leon said. "We have the skill to compete with any team. But we can be our own worst enemy sometimes."

Central Valley defeated host Los Banos 11-1 on Thursday.

Gerardo Flores led the Hawks (10-3-1) with four goals.

Jesus Gudino and Andres Velasquez both scored twice.

Angel Lopez and Isaac Juarez each had one goal and one assist.

Michael Vazquez had one goal.

Adrian Espinoza, a transfer from crosstown-rival Ceres High, had one assist.

Hawk goalkeeper Cristian Gonzalez totaled four saves.

Central Valley dropped its WAC opener, 3-2, to visiting Livingston in the rain and mud on Jan. 3 at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex.

Lopez and Flores accounted for the Hawks' two goals.

Velasquez collected one assist.

Ceres High's varsity boys soccer team tied and lost once during the opening week of WAC play.

The Bulldogs dropped to 2-7-1 overall and 1-1 in the WAC standings after losing 3-2 to Patterson Thursday evening in Ceres.

Osvaldo Padilla and Freddi Lopez both scored once for Ceres High.

Ceres High and host Los Banos battled to a 2-2 draw on Jan. 3.

Padilla and sophomore Saul Ruiz led the Bulldogs in scoring with one goal apiece.

Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team began defense of its WAC title under new head coach Maria Briones' direction last week.

The Hawks opened the 2017 WAC campaign with back-to-back wins.

Central Valley compiled a near-perfect 11-1-0 record in conference play last season.

"I believe in the girls," Briones said. "I know what they are capable of. Physically and skill-wise, they got it."

Central Valley shut out host Los Banos 7-0 on Thursday.

Jocelyn Lopez led the Hawks (8-1-0) with three goals and three assists.

Jackie Sanchez had two goals and one assist.

Abigail Martinez had two goals.

Mixtly Vega had one goal and one assist.

Amanda Calvo had one goal.

"The girls had a lot of fun," Briones said.

Central Valley rallied for a 7-6 win over Livingston in the rain on Jan. 3 at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex.

Lopez collected three goals and two assists. Jocelyn broke a 6-6 tie when she converted a penalty kick with five minutes remaining in the game.

Sanchez added two goals.

Martinez had one goal and two assists.

Vega had one goal and one assist.

The Hawks trailed 4-2 at halftime.

"The intensity level was missing," Briones said. "I rearranged my lineup. We had a good 25 minutes of consistency."