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CV girls targeting improvement in golf
The Hawks welcome back four players from last years team, including Fiona Gay. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls golf team has an all-time record of 1-11 against crosstown-rival Ceres High in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Hawks have lost their last 10 meetings to the Bulldogs.

Central Valley could challenge Ceres High this fall.

"It should be competitive," Hawks head coach Kelly Wheelock said.

Central Valley lost its top player to graduation in two-time WAC MVP Janita Vongphoumy. The two-time Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament qualifier placed first at the Division-IV Championships last season.

The Hawks return four players from 2015: Fiona Gay (Jr.), Emily Almanza (Jr.), Kaeley Denniston (Jr.) and Cristina Valtierra (Sr.).Gay will fill the No. 1 spot in Central Valley's lineup.

"She came out as a freshman and didn't play much," Wheelock said. "Last year, she played a lot. She's more consistent. She's very coachable. She has a good attitude. She swings the golf club pretty well."

The Hawks' top newcomers are Katherine Nou (Fr.) and Logan Fleminger (Sr.).

Katherine is the younger sister of former Ceres High golf standout Abigail Nou.

"We do have returners but we have a lot of new golfers as well," Wheelock said.

Central Valley compiled a 4-8 record en route to a fifth-place finish in the 2015 WAC regular-season dual standings.

The Hawks went a program-best 6-6 in 2012.

Central Valley collected its last win against Ceres High in 2010. The Hawks edged the Bulldogs by seven strokes, 171-178.

"I'm not going to put a number on wins and losses," Wheelock said. "If we can finish somewhere in the middle of the pack, that would be awesome."

El Capitan's departure to the Central California Conference levels the playing field in the WAC.

The Gauchos won all 12 of their dual matches last season.

"I'd rather them be in the league," Wheelock said. "They brought presence to the league. They were really good."

The WAC will send two teams, instead of three, to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament this fall.

The Hawks have never qualified for the postseason as a team.

"Of course, we'd like to make playoffs," Wheelock stated. "I wouldn't say anything is a longshot."

The WAC also altered the format of team scoring for dual matches.

"This year, we're playing six girls and scoring five," Wheelock said. "We used to score four. They voted on it last spring. I don't know why they did it. It's definitely going to change everything. It will benefit the teams with more experience and depth."