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Dawgs, Hawks continue rivalry
• CHS, CV face off in three different sports
Erick Martinez hauled in two touchdown passes during Central Valley’s 35-0 shutout of crosstown-rival Ceres High in varsity football this past fall. - photo by Dale Butler

No longer in the same league due to the Sac-Joaquin Section’s conference realignment plan, Ceres High and Central Valley continued their crosstown rivalry this past fall by facing off in non-conference play.

The Hawks beat the Bulldogs in football and girls tennis.

Ceres High bested Central Valley in girls volleyball.


The 13th annual showdown between Ceres High’s and Central Valley’s varsity football teams was staged during the opening week of the 2018 season.

The Hawks prevailed, 35-0, and beat the Bulldogs for the 11th time.

The Ceres Classic perpetual trophy—the hardware awarded to the winner of the rivalry game—will remain with the Hawks for at least another year and maybe even longer.

Central Valley and Ceres High have yet to agree to continue the crosstown series.

Established in 2006, Central Valley owns an 11-2 head-to-head record versus Ceres High.

The Hawks bested the Bulldogs in 2017 (35-33), 2016 (51-10), 2015 (48-14), 2013 (48-15), 2012 (40-13), 2011 (55-11), 2010 (55-24), 2009 (28-26), 2008 (40-7) and 2007 (25-20).

Ceres High won the inaugural showdown in 2006 (20-7) and eliminated Central Valley from playoff consideration in 2014 (24-7).

The Hawks topped the Bulldogs for the fourth year in a row this fall.

Andrew Hernandez and fellow varsity newcomers Isaiah Hidalgo and Erick Martinez, and veteran Ryan Palecek, helped lead the Hawks past the Bulldogs.

Hernandez completed 14 of 15 passes for 132 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Hidalgo rushed for 111 yards and two TD on seven carries.

He totaled 35 yards on four receptions.

Martinez hauled in TD passes of 9 and 21 yards.

Palecek had a 7-yard TD reception.

The Hawks limited the Bulldogs to 93 yards of total offense.

Ceres High quarterback Clayton Taylor completed 3 of 6 passes for 33 yards.

Felipe Martinez mustered just 19 yards on 18 carries.

He caught one pass for 24 yards.

Martinez completed 2 of 6 passes for 8 yards.

Central Valley pulled away after a competitive first quarter.

The Hawks extended their lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.

Central Valley outscored Ceres High 14-0 the rest of the game.

The Bulldogs had two senior players suffer season-end leg injuries during the game, including Taylor and receiver/defensive end/punter Skyler Buckhanan.


The Hawks earned a hard-fought 6-3 victory while battling the host Bulldogs on Aug. 27.

Central Valley won all three doubles and three of six singles matches versus the Ceres High.

Daniela Yepez and Virginia Moore defeated Jillian Jimenez and Christel Ontiveros 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles play.

Christina Hermenegildo and Lizbeth Martinez defeated Jasmine Bahia and Monica Esparza 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles play. 

Sabina Dhillon and Priscilla Sanchez defeated Daniela Nunez and Elena Ochoa 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), (7-6) 7-3 in No. 3 doubles play.

Lupe Becerra defeated Shania Evans 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.

Elisabeth Valdez defeated Morgan Bejaran 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Bandna Bhatti defeated Gurmanjit Bahia 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

Gianna Arce lost 6-4, 6-3 to Vivian Moreno in No. 1 singles play.

Suinana Dhillon lost 6-2, 6-3 to Camille Vega in No. 3 singles play.

Mixtly Vega lost 6-4, 6-2 to Tania Garfias in No. 4 singles play.

The Hawks improved their all-time record against the Bulldogs to 10-16.

Central Valley has won 10 of the last 11 meetings dating back to the 2013 campaign.

The Hawks topped the Bulldogs twice by identical 9-0 scores in 2017.

Ceres High won the first 15 head-to-head matchups.


Ceres High snapped a three-match losing streak versus Central Valley.

The Bulldogs outlasted the host Hawks 3-2 (28-26, 25-19, 11-25, 19-25, 16-14) on Sept. 12.

Allison Stiles led Ceres High with 21 digs, 17 assists and three aces.

Older sister Alyssa Stiles had 18 digs, 13 kills, three blocks, three aces and one assist.

Bella Curry had 19 digs, four aces, one kill and one assist.

Vianney Perez had 18 digs, four aces and one kill.

Cheralyn Durossette had nine aces, seven digs and five kills.

Mya Robinson had seven digs, one kill, one ace and one assist.

Jullissa Arreola had six digs and one kill.

Isabel Diazdeleon had five digs and one kill.

Lysaida Munoz had four digs, three kills, two aces and one assist.

Alyssa Maeyama led Central Valley with 14 digs and two aces.

Brianna Quiroz had nine digs, six kills, four blocks and three assists.

Kaydee Peterman had nine digs and two aces.

Nayeli Ramos had eight kills, seven digs, five aces and one block.

Anusha Kumar had eight digs, six aces and three kills.

Anysia Lopez had six kills.

Azalia Diaz had four kills, four aces and three digs.

Kayla Olson had one dig.

The Hawks battled back from a two-games-to-none deficit.

The Bulldogs won the fifth-and-decisive game by just two points.

Ceres High improved its all-time record versus Central Valley to 11-16.

The Bulldogs lost three times to the Hawks during the 2017 Western Athletic Conference season.