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CVs Daoheung earns first-team all-conference honors
Ceres High sophomore Ariana Medina was selected to the Western Athletic Conference Second Team. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Amelia Daoheung, Paulina Diaz and Emily Almanza helped lead Central Valley High School's varsity girls golf program to new heights this fall.

Daoheung, Diaz and Almanza were rewarded for their outstanding play in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches this past month in Livingston.

"They deserve it," Hawks head coach Kelly Wheelock said. "They worked hard. They were consistent all year. They're good kids."

Just a freshman, Daoheung was named to the WAC First Team.

"It's very shocking," Amelia said. "I never thought I'd get this far in golf. I did well because I put my heart and soul into it. I always tried my best. I wouldn't have been able to do this without my coach, team and parents. I love golf so much. The most enjoyable thing about playing it is it's a stress reliever. It's very peaceful."

Amelia was the fifth-best player in the conference's individual standings.

"Her mental makeup is always the same," Wheelock said. "She's got a really good attitude. Not a lot of things phase her."

"Coach Wheelock had a big impact on me," Daoheung said. "He helped me gain confidence in myself. Sometimes I don't think I'm good."

Daoheung had a slope and rating average of 12.539.

"My strengths are hitting the ball where I want it to go and course management," Amelia said. "I need to work on my short game. Chipping and putting are so important."

Seniors Almanza and Diaz were both named to the WAC Second Team.

"I'm super happy for them," Daoheung said. "All of the seniors on the team helped me the most."

Emily and Paulina played golf at Central Valley for four and two years, respectively.

Paulina (22.618) and Emily (25.065) ranked 10th and 11th, respectively, in the conference's individual standings.

Central Valley accomplished several firsts during WAC competition this year.

The Hawks placed third at the conference's year-end tournament.

Central Valley amassed a 6-4 dual record.

The Hawks also had three individual qualifiers for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships: Daoheung, Diaz and Almanza.

"It's amazing how we've all gotten this far," Daoheung said. "We were always there for each other. I've never experienced this much fun playing golf. When we played, we didn't stress. We had a great coach He took pressure off us."

Added Wheelock: "They've improved every match."

Diaz and Almanza will be lost to graduation in June.

Daoheung will be the Hawks' top returning player next fall.

"I'm going to try to help my teams as much as I can," she said. "My personal goal is to make it to Masters. I can see myself getting it (WAC MVP) my junior or senior year."

Ceres High sophomore Ariana Medina earned second-team all-WAC accolades.

She was the ninth-best golfer in conference play.

Medina had a slope and rating average of 21.835).

The Bulldogs took fifth in the WAC.