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CV dominates CHS during 2021-22 school year
Yoshi Kumar
Yoshi Kumar (24) and Central Valley’s boys basketball team topped Lebron Stallworth and Ceres High 68-57 on Dec. 10. The Hawks and Bulldogs had a combined record of 10-2 heading into the rivalry game. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo

Ceres High and Central Valley faced off in 11 different sports during the 2021-22 school year.

The Hawks dominated the crosstown series by notching 11 wins, just two losses and one tie versus the Bulldogs.

Central Valley had a .786 winning percentage against the Hawks during non-conference play.



Ceres High came agonizingly close to ending years of frustration against Central Valley in football.

The Bulldogs suffered a 20-18 loss while battling the Hawks on Sept. 3 at CUSD Stadium.

Ceres High has a 2-14 all-time record versus Central Valley.

“To come out on top in a game like that, especially against your rival, is definitely special,” Hawks’ head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “We expected it to be competitive. Both teams thought they were going to win. The game lived up to the hype.”

Ceres High mustered just 218 yards of total offense in defeat.

Bulldog junior quarterback Landyn Hudson completed 8 of 16 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Verlis Smith caught five passes for 121 yards and one TD.

Tarrell Lee-Gill ran for 46 yards and one TD on five attempts.

Josh Prestridge gained 37 yards and scored one TD on three carries.

The Hawks had a host of contributors on offense, including Alejandro Hernandez, Elijah DeLeon, Adrian Perez, Roberto Tiscareno, Joseph Alamo, Omar Mendoza and Andrew Torres.

Hernandez rushed for 30 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

DeLeon totaled 21 yards and one TD on five carries. 

Perez hauled in two passes for 40 yards.

Alamo ran for 23 yards on eight carries and caught one pass for 41 yards.

Mendoza carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards and grabbed two passes for 13 yards.

Torres gained 22 yards on two carries.

Tiscareno completed 6 of 13 passes for 105 yards.

Hernandez collected three tackles and two sacks.

Ruben Valenzuela registered six tackles and one sack.

Perez tallied five tackles and one sack.

Anthony Malagon had three tackles and one sack.

Tiscareno had two tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.

Becerra had seven tackles.

Felix Arellano had two tackles and one pass deflection.

DeLeon recovered one fumble.

Ceres High junior Kahmi Smith registered eight tackles and forced one fumble.

Lebron Stallworth had six tackles and one sack.

Verlis Smith collected eight tackles.

Diomar Delgadillo had four tackles and one sack.

The 16th edition of the Ceres Classic was close from beginning to end.

Prestridge’s 34-yard TD run cut the deficit to 20-18 with 4:35 to play.

“It was definitely high stress the whole game,” Goblirsch said. “They put a lot of pressure on us. We knew they were going to be talented. We were fortunate to come out on top.”

Girls volleyball

Led by Jada Harris, Kitiana Tuakalau and Jazmyne Arendt, Ceres High’s girls volleyball team topped host Central Valley 3-1 (25-17 25-22, 13-25, 25-17) on Sept. 17.

“Our expectation is the same against any other opponent,” said Bulldogs’ leader Kelly Heese, who previously coached at Central Valley. “Every opponent should be a rival.”

Kylie Maines led the Hawks with nine aces and four digs.

Janessa Godinez collected six blocks and three kills.

Amerie De La Torre had four blocks.

Allie Peterman had four digs.

Sejal Malhi and Victoria Lloyd had three and two kills, respectively.

Ceres High competed shorthanded against Central Valley as two substitutes missed the contest due to illness and another school-related commitment.

Girls tennis

Central Valley’s girls tennis team improved its all-time record against Ceres High to 13-16 with a 9-0 road victory on Aug. 24.

“They did some good things out there,” Hawks’ head coach Mike Rodriguez said while assessing Ceres High’s performance. “We just had more experience than them.”

The Hawks swept all six singles and three doubles matches during the 29th crosstown matchup.

Central Valley’s Jessica Saini defeated Ceres High’s Gurmannet Bahia 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 10-3 in No. 1 singles play.

Harman Kaur defeated Victoria Ochoa 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Malina Keomuangchanh defeated Valerie Raya 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Angelica Medrano Fregoso defeated Jelanie Esguerra 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Alika Victorino defeated Kenzy Gallardo 6-0, 6-2 in No. 5 singles play.

Kaitlyn Teng defeated Payton Ogden 6-2, 3-2 (retired) in No. 6 singles play.

Lesly Rivas and Navreet Pattar defeated Melissa Villegas and Alexa Sandoval 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles play.

Leslie Bobadilla and Rinah Dulay defeated Yasmin Pinedo and Isabella Gutierrez 6-2, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play. 

Samantha Perez Mendez and Alondra Robles defeated Gurleen Kaur and Jasmeenjot Kaur 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.


Boys basketball

Yoshi Kumar and Central Valley’s boys basketball team beat Verlis Smith and host Ceres High 68-57 on Dec. 10.

The Bulldogs and Hawks had a combined record of 10-2 heading into the rivalry game.

“We knew if we did everything right and pushed ourselves, we were going to win the game,” Kumar said. “We played with heart and hustled every play.”

“You never want to lose to CV, but it was a good game until the end,” Smith said. 

Kumar buried four treys on his way to tallying a team-high 25 points versus the Bulldogs.

Gage Mastropierro made five treys and totaled 21 points.

Jomari Ocasiones tallied seven points.

Alex Prado and Jordan Powers chipped in with six points each.

Jeremy Alvarez added three points.

Smith poured in a game-high 34 points to lead Ceres High.

Adrian Ontiveros added nine points.

Lebron Stallworth, Donivan Turley, Fernando Franco and Tavion Travis all contributed three points.

Jacob Swanson had two points.

Central Valley trailed by just one point, 30-29, at intermission.

The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 48-27 during the second half, including 22-16 in the final period.

Girls basketball

Central Valley’s girls basketball team posted a 2-1 record versus Ceres High.

“The girls enjoy playing Ceres,” Hawks’ head coach Ryan Donnelly said. “When you face a team three times, it makes it a little challenging. I look at it like just another game.”

Central Valley prevailed by blowout, 55-30, against Ceres High on Dec. 29 at the Pitman Tournament.

Alyssa Rojo scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Hawks.

Kareena Kang drained three treys and finished with 14 points.

Jasman Kaur scored 10 points.

Delia Vidal tallied six points.

Makayla Dennison and Tatyanna Valencia each had four points.

Celeste Leon scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Alayna De La Torre added six points.

Sandra Espinoza and Citlali Miranda both collected two points.

Carmen Espinoza had one point.

Fourth-year standout Mia Rodriguez was sidelined with a hand injury.

Ceres High defeated Central Valley 55-47 on Dec. 6 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Rodriguez and Leon combined to score 42 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Rodriguez poured in a season-high 24 points. She made 12 of 21 free throws.

Leon had a season-high 18 points.

Ceres High teammate Jaleen Melendez added seven points.

Rojo paced Central Valley with 13 points.

Dennison and Kang finished with 10 points apiece.

Vidal tallied six points.

Aleecia Silva netted three points.

Kaur and Rinah Dulay both contributed two points.

Valencia had one point.

Ceres High outscored Central Valley 16-11 in the first quarter on its way to building a 22-16 lead in the opening half.

The Hawks won the first meeting, 38-28, on Nov. 26 at the Ceres High Tournament.

Boys wrestling

Host Central Valley cruised to a 60-6 win over Ceres High in boys wrestling on Nov. 23.

The Hawks won 10 of 11 matches.

Central Valley’s Isaac Harkrader pinned Ceres High’s Edmond Lozano in the first round of their 170-pound matchup.

Hawk teammates Isaac Lee-Ochoa (120s), Enrique Gonzalez (138s), Xavier Simonson (145s), Juan Melgoza (152s), Kennith Orrin (160s), Glen Valenzuela (182s), Andrew Torres (195s), Ruben Valenzuela (220s) and Roman Vargas (285s) all prevailed by forfeit.

Ceres High’s Arturo Estrada pinned Central Valley’s Cesar Pacheco in the second round at 132 pounds.

Girls wrestling

Central Valley rolled to a 48-3 victory versus visiting Ceres High in girls wrestling on Nov. 23.

The Hawks won nine of 10 matches.

Central Valley’s Julia Roton pinned Ceres High’s Madeline Schultz in the first round at 189 pounds.

Savannah Gomez pinned Makynzie Hale in the third round at 170 pounds.

Brianna Espinoza (235s), Aliyah Badillo (126s), Yahaira Torres (121s), Cintia Martin (116s), Kylie Maines (111s), Keilany Torres (106s) and Soriah Corona (101s) were awarded forfeit wins.

Ceres High’s Kaylie Clindaniel won by decision in overtime over Central Valley’s Stephanie Aguilar at 131 pounds.

Boys soccer

Central Valley’s boys soccer team salvaged a 2-2 tie while battling Ceres High on Nov. 19 at Bulldog Stadium.

“They have a really good team,” Bulldogs’ head coach Gilbert Zamora Sr. said. “At the end of the day, we’re all friends. I know most of their players. Five of their players play on my under-17 travel team.”

Central Valley’s Fernando Cano and Alex Bautista both scored once against Ceres High.

Carlos Ochoa Marin chipped in with one assist.

Hawk goalkeeper Gael Navarro totaled four saves.

Ceres High’s Enrique Murillo and Sergio Gonzalez each scored one goal.

Noah Zamora collected two assists.

Bulldog goalie Jesse Villalobos had six saves.

Ceres High appeared headed for a 2-1 victory.

The Bulldogs surrendered the tying goal late in the game.

Bautista converted a penalty kick with 34 seconds to play.

Girls soccer

Central Valley’s girls soccer team pulled away for a 5-2 win over Ceres High on Nov. 29 at CUSD Stadium.

“It wasn’t an easy game,” Hawks’ head coach Miguel Larranaga said. “They put up a fight in the beginning. It was pretty even.”

Kalli Hoffman and Emaly Fernandez led Central Valley in scoring with two goals apiece.

Ally Singh collected one goal.

Kristina Corbin and Natalie Cabrales accounted for Ceres High’s two goals.

The Bulldogs never recovered after falling behind 4-1 in the opening half.

Corbin’s close-range goal gave Ceres High a 1-0 lead.

The Hawks responded with four straight goals.



Central Valley’s baseball team bested Ceres High twice.

The Hawks shut out the Bulldogs 2-0 at Art McRae Field on March 5.

Central Valley freshman Chris Garcia tallied a career-high 14 strikeouts while pitching a complete-game shutout.

He allowed just one hit in six innings.

Ryan Estermann earned the save in relief. He had one strikeout in one inning.

Garcia singled on offense.

Estermann batted 1-for-3 from the plate with one homer, two RBIs and one run.

Edmund Stewart scored once.

Bulldog pitcher Landyn Hudson allowed two runs and two hits with nine strikeouts and four walks over five innings.

Josh Prestridge accounted for Ceres High’s lone hit on offense.

Host Central Valley cruised to a 7-1 win over Ceres High on March 4.

Gabrial Lopez totaled 14 strikeouts while starring at pitcher.

He allowed one hit and two runs in six innings.

Lopez batted 1-for-4 from the plate with one double and one run.

Hawk Felix Arellano batted 1-for-1 with two runs and one RBI.

Kaiden Whittle batted 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run.

Garret Garcia batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Estermann and Samuel Wilson both batted 2-for-3 with one run.

Stewart batted 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Diego Delahoya and Alan Lopez singled.

Prestridge batted 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Bulldog teammate Isac Cordova scored once.

Nick Villalobos singled.

Boys volleyball

Central Valley’s boys volleyball team edged Ceres High 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 11-25, 25-19, 18-16) at home on Feb. 25.

Hawk setter Osvaldo Pelayo had 22 assists, 13 digs, two kills and one block against the Bulldogs.

Guillermo Garibay had 16 digs, 11 kills, two aces, two assists and one block.

Bernardo Pulido had 30 digs and one assist.

Emaly Fernandez
Emaly Fernandez (16) and Central Valley’s girls soccer team pulled away for a 5-2 win over Mariah Zamora and Ceres High on Nov. 29 at CUSD Stadium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo