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Crosstown Rewind
CHS, CV basketball and wrestling teams engage in competitive battles
David Cisneros helped lead Ceres Highs varsity wrestling team to a 42-29 victory against Frankie Valdez and Central Valley.

Ceres High and Central Valley squared off in three varsity sports this winter.

The Bulldogs and Hawks split in girls and boys basketball.

Ceres High topped Central Valley in wrestling.

The Bulldogs won their head-to-head matchup with the Hawks, 42-29, on Jan. 30 at Central Valley.

Third-place Ceres High (4-2, 151 points) finished one spot ahead of Central Valley (3-3, 126) in the WAC dual-meet and tournament standings.

Down 29-27, Ceres High swept the final three matches during last month's meeting to notch the victory.

Alex Zuniga pinned Casandra Maldonado in the first round (0:55) at 115 pounds.

Gabe Balderas pinned Michael Manzur in the third round (5:47) at 122 pounds.

Bruno de la Torre edged Angel Gonzales by decision (5-4) at 128 pounds.

Bulldog teammates Nick Santibanez, David Cisneros, Armando Morales, Tyree Williams and Ruben Sanchez also scored points for the Bulldogs.

Santibanez pinned Logan Dowling in the first round (1:50) at 134 pounds.

Cisneros pinned Frankie Valdez in the third round (5:47) at 147 pounds.

Morales pinned Gabe Ibarra in the first round (0:48) at 285 pounds.

Williams won by decision (12-5) over Joaquin Garcia at 172 pounds.

Sanchez won by forfeit at 222 pounds.

Central Valley's Adrian Vizcaino, Cristian Garcia, Eddy Nunez, Jorge Canales, Jose Castillo and Isaiah Gonzales picked up individual wins against Ceres High.

Vizcaino pinned Abel Morales in the first round (1:46) at 184 pounds.

Garcia pinned Gabe Solis in the second round (3:29) at 140 pounds.

Nunez pinned Felix Hercules in the third round (5:59) at 162 pounds.

Canales won by decision (16-9) over Matt Lopes at 197 pounds.

Castillo won by decision (9-7) over Austin Moore at 154 pounds.

Gonzales' technical-fall win (15-0) over Micah Young at 108 pounds gave the Hawks a 29-27 lead.

Zuniga, Balderas and de la Torre helped Ceres High secure its second straight victory versus Central Valley.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the Hawks 38-28 in 2012.
Brittany Martinez scored 16 of her team-high 18 points after intermission and Central Valley held on to beat Ceres High 51-42 on Feb. 7 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Hawk teammates Mia Lorenzo, Tamara Uti and Catrina Castillo had 13, 10 and five points, respectively.

Bulldog freshman Nicole Bates scored a game-high 23 points for Ceres High, which cut a 10-point deficit to two with a 9-2 run in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 10-3 during the final 2:16. Central Valley took control after Ceres High standout Bryce Ford (nine points) fouled out.

Martinez played sparingly in the first half due to foul trouble.

Central Valley avenged a 51-46 loss sustained on its home court on Jan. 22.

The Bulldogs managed to win the first meeting despite falling behind by 11 points in the opening half.

Bates played a major role despite hyperextending her left knee midway through the first quarter. Nicole tallied 14 of her game-high 27 points in the second quarter. Her layup at the buzzer capped a 15-2 run and gave Ceres High a 25-23 lead at the break.

Ford had 13 points.

Lorenzo paced the Hawks with 20 points.

Martinez collected 19 points.

Ceres High (7-5) placed third in the WAC and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs.

Central Valley (6-6) finished fourth in conference play.

Ceres High School edged Central Valley 61-60 in overtime on Jan. 23 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Hawks exacted revenge with a 62-60 victory over the visiting Bulldogs on Feb. 8.

Jordan Thornton tallied a game-high 21 points as the Hawks rallied from 11 down in the second half to top the Bulldogs. The improbable win snapped a seven-game losing streak versus Ceres High.

Jaron Dickson made all eight of his foul shots and totaled 15 points.

Ryan Donnelly added 10 points.

Harman Chung led Ceres High with 20 points.

Caden Johnson and Abel Reyes contributed 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Facing a 58-52 deficit, the Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 10-2 in the final 1:45. Thornton accounted for four of Central Valley's six steals during the momentum-seizing run.

Ceres High erased a 12-point deficit and hung on to beat the Hawks by one point during the first meeting.

Jimbo Pernetti scored a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs.

Chung collected 13 points.

Reyes chipped in with 11 points.

Dickson and Tranjit Singh paced Central Valley with 11 points apiece.

Donnelly had 10 points.

With bragging rights on the line, the Hawks put the ball in Ja'Quan Gardner's hands near the top of the key. Gardner, a star tailback in football, drove to the basket. His running layup rolled off the rim in the waning seconds.

Ceres High (7-5) finished third in the WAC standings and advanced to the postseason. Central Valley (6-6) took fourth.