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CVs Beckhart, Palecek medal in Oakdale
Hawks remain unbeaten in girls soccer
Central Valley varsity boys wrestler Tyler Beckhart (pictured right) and Ryan Palecek placed fifth and sixth, respectively, while competing at the James Riddle Memorial Classic on Saturday. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys wrestling program had two individuals medal at the James Riddle Memorial Classic on Saturday at Oakdale High School.

Tyler Beckhart finished fifth overall while competing in the 220-pouond weight class.

He posted a 3-1 record.

"This is Tyler's fourth year wrestling," head coach Rob Beckhart said. "He's a big, strong, athletic kid. He's consistent."

Ryan Palecek placed sixth at 170 pounds.

He won two of his fourth matches.

"Ryan lost early in the tournament and battled all the way back," coach Beckhart said. "He's incredibly athletic. He's super strong. He has a great takedown. He always wants to do his best."

Hawk teammates Roman Ramirez (145s, 2-2), Thomas Carrillo (182s, 2-2), Tyler Peoples (285s, 1-2), Anthony Voss (120 pounds, 0-2 record), Michael Duran (126s, 0-2), Kyle Hendrix (132s, 0-2), Anibal Duran (138s, 0-2), Nathan Curry (152s, 0-2), Mason Lourenco (160s, 0-2) and Juan Lezama (195s, 0-2) did not place.

Central Valley took 16th at the 32-team event.

"I don't have an issue with where we finished," coach Beckhart said. "It's good, early-season competition. We're young. There are things we can get better at."

Central Valley secured a split at a four-team dual in Firebaugh last Wednesday.

Central Valley posted a 54-18 victory over Tranquility.

Lourenco won by pin (0:23) at 160 pounds.

Hendrix won by pin (1:31) at 132 pounds.

Evaristo Moreno won by pin (3:27) at 285 pounds.

Prabhjot Singh won by pin (4:16) at 126 pounds.

Duran, Sebastian Garcia, David Martinez, Ruben Sanchez, Karanvir Singh and Anibal Duran won by forfeit at 138, 195, 170, 152 and 145 pounds, respectively.

Central Valley lost 56-21 to Firebaugh.

Hendrix won by pin (4:53) at 132 pounds.

Edgar Castillo won by pin (0:41) at 285 pounds.

Duran won by pin (0:59) at 126 pounds.

Natanael Lezama won by decision (13-6) at 195 pounds.

"We have a lot of kids on the team," coach Beckhart said. "We're trying to get them mat time and experience."

Central Valley's varsity girls wrestling team brought home eight individual medals from Saturday's Livingston Invitational.

Nayeli Pelayo (189s), Brianna Quiroz (160s) and Giuliana Gutierrez (150s) placed first in their respective weight divisions.

Esther Esceverri (143s), Ellena Markham (126s) and Emily Mendoza (121s) all finished second.

Olivia Chaboya (170s) and Julia Avila (116s) both took third.

"There are some tough girls on our team," Hawks coach Rob Beckhart said.

Central Valley didn't face much resistance in defeating Los Banos 47-27 during preseason dual action on Dec. 6.
Markham won twice.

Pelayo, Esceverri, Carla Martinez and Aryanna Jimenez all won once.

Avila, Isabella Pelayo, Natalia Torres and Vanessa Contreras dropped their respective matches.

"Los Banos has a tough team," Beckhart said. "Last year, they tied for the league championship."

Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team kept its unbeaten record intact by notching one win and one tie against non-league competition last week.

The Hawks and host Bulldogs of Turlock battled to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday.

Jackie Sanchez accounted for Central Valley's lone goal.

Jocelyn Lopez tallied one goal and one assist in leading Central Valley to a 2-0 win over Franklin on Dec. 5 in Ceres.

Mixtly Vega had one goal.

Daniela Yepez chipped in with one assist.
Central Valley, which accumulated six wins, no losses and one tie through its first seven games, will play host to Merced this Thursday at 6 p.m.

Central Valley's varsity girls basketball team suffered a pair of non-conference losses last week.

The Hawks lost 47-30 to the Hilmar Yellowjackets on Dec. 5 in Ceres and 73-17 at Atwater on Dec. 3.

Central Valley will travel to Manteca this Friday to face East Union.

The game will get underway at 7 p.m.

Central Valley's varsity boys basketball team lost all three of its games at Liberty High School's Stonebarger Tournament this past week in Brentwood.

"It was a step up in competition," head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We're playing in stronger tournaments to get ready for league."

The Hawks dropped to 2-6 on the year.

Central Valley closed out the tournament with a 62-56 loss to Kennedy Saturday morning.

"We should have won that game," Rodriguez said. "Not one of our better efforts."

Kimball edged Central Valley 71-69 in overtime on Friday.

"Our effort was great," Rodriguez said. "We shot the ball pretty well. We hit 12 3-pointers. We just didn't do a good job rebounding on the defensive end. That cost us the game."

Daniel Villasenor led the Hawks in scoring with a career-high 36 points.

"He was zoned in," Rodriguez said. "He's just got to learn how to play like that against every team."

Central Valley lost its tourney opener, 65-14, to host Liberty on Thursday.

"Liberty is a good team," Rodriguez said. "They're big, long and athletic. They weren't 51 points better than us. We just turned the ball over from start to finish."

Central Valley will play host to Grace Davis today at 7 p.m.