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CV tops Bulldogs for first time in program history, moves into third place in conference
Hawks edge out Dawgs by four strokes at WAC mid-season tournament
Dominic Durossette and Ceres Highs boys golf team lost for the first time to crosstown-rival Central Valley this past month. Durossette shot a 92 as the Bulldogs were edged out for third place by the Hawks at the WAC Mid-Season Tournament. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley High School's varsity boys golf team made history while competing at the Western Athletic Conference Mid-Season Tournament at Saddle Creek on March 28 in Copperopolis.

The Hawks finally beat the crosstown-rival Bulldogs for the first time in program history.

Central Valley edged out Ceres High by four strokes, 496-500, for third place at the WAC event.

Central Catholic (370), Los Banos (481), Livingston (547), Pacheco (603) and Patterson (627) took first, second, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

"I'm not surprised," Hawks head coach Mike Holliday said. "Ceres High barely beat us last time. This time, it was the other way around. We didn't have a huge mountain to climb."

Central Valley junior Anthony Bonales carded a 5-over-par 77 on his way to a fourth-place finish behind Central Catholic's Andrew Bonner (70), Mac O'Brien (72) and Austin Salazar (73).

Anthony had a practice round of 67 at Saddle Creek on March 23.

Bonner, formerly of Ripon, ended Bonales' two-year reign at the WAC mid-year tournament.

"He (Bonales) had a lot of putts roll out," Holliday said.
Hawk teammates Joshua Boles, Jacob Craig, Adrian Arellano and Austin Jacques shot 95, 99, 105 and 120, respectively.

"The kids were happy that they won," Holliday said. "But they didn't get worked up. They don't get real high or low about anything. They're the loosest bunch."

Ian Couture and Dominic Durossette led Ceres High with identical scores of 92. Justin Moore (100), Matt Thornberry (105) and Dylan Lake (111) rounded out the Bulldogs' lineup.

Blake Hurst, Ceres High's No. 2 golfer, did not play for academic reasons. Hurst, who plans to pursue a career as a firefighter, was required to attend a Regional Occupational Program class at Grace Davis High School.

"I think I could have made a difference," Blake said.

Ceres High improved its all-time, WAC-dual record against Central Valley to 13-0 earlier this season with a 209-212 victory.

"We finally beat Ceres," Bonales said. "That's awesome."

"They got some good golfers too," Holliday added. "They'll be more focused next time."

The top three teams in the WAC advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Playoffs.

Central Valley finds itself in unfamiliar territory. The Hawks are battling for their first-ever postseason berth.

"The kids believe it's something they can do," Holliday said. "It's not going to be easy. It's probably going to come down to the league finals. It will be the tiebreaker. One of us (Central Valley or Ceres High) is going to go. One of us is going to stay home. None of our kids are putting any pressure on themselves."

The Bulldogs are striving to advance to the postseason for the third year in a row.

"We'll do what we got to do to make it to playoffs," Hurst said. "We want to continue the streak. It puts a little pressure on us. That's good."