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CVs Vongphoumy earns MVP honors, again
Ceres Highs Nou earns first-team accolades
Hawk Janita Vongphoumy was voted Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School varsity girls golf standout Janita Vongphoumy has been voted Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.

The WAC year-end coaches' meeting was held on Oct. 21 at Livingston High School.

Vongphoumy averaged 3.61 strokes over par in WAC play for the sixth-place Hawks (4-8).

"Repeating at anything is tough to do," Central Valley sixth-year head coach Kelly Wheelock said. "She had a target on her back all year. If she was feeling any pressure, I didn't see it. She was always smiling."

Vongphoumy posted a near-perfect 21-1 record in WAC dual competition during her two-year career with the Hawks.

She also placed first at the WAC year-end and mid-year tournaments her senior and junior years.

Janita made her conference debut against Ceres High in 2014. Bulldog senior/two-time WAC MVP Caitlin Cerny edged Vongphoumy by three strokes.

"The funny thing is after every match, she didn't care what her scores were," Wheelock said. "She always asked if we won. She's very humble. She's nonchalant about her ability. She's exceptional at what she does. I don't think the WAC has seen a golfer as good as Janita. That's my opinion. It's awesome for me to know we had the best golfer in the league the last two years."

Vongphoumy will be remembered as the Central Valley's all-time greatest female golfer.

The two-time Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament participant placed first at the Division-IV Championships this season.

"For her to perform day in and day out, and put extra work in after a match or during the weekend, that's what set her apart from all of the other girls," Wheelock said. "She was always looking for ways to get better. It's pretty impressive with what she did. She made a name for herself. She definitely met my expectations, without a doubt. Ability wise, she can compete at the next level. She'll have a lot of options. I'm excited for her."

Ceres High senior Abigail Nou was among the five players named to the WAC First Team.

"I'm proud of her," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said.

She averaged 13.4 strokes over par while leading 7-5 Ceres High to the WAC's third-and-final playoff berth.

"We were very fortunate to have her for three years," Cerny said. "I wish we would have had her, her freshman year. She would have definitely helped."

Nou's considered one of Ceres High's top players, along with Pfaff, Arleen Xayasone and Erica Hogner.

"She's a good golfer," Cerny said. "The girl can really drive the ball. She's mentally tough. She can play golf at the college level. But she's so focused on academic excellence."