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Dawgs improve to 8-3 in Western Athletic Conference standings
CHS, CV to compete at league tourney
Kobe Daoheung and Ceres Highs varsity boys golf team defeated crosstown-rival Central Valley by 44 strokes on Thursday at River Oaks. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys golf team qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs this past week.

The Bulldogs advanced on the strength of their 197-241 victory over crosstown-rival Central Valley on Thursday at River Oaks Golf Course.

"The win sealed it," Ceres High head coach Dave Fry said. "I'm pleased as pie with everybody's performance. We're really young in terms of experience."

The second-place Bulldogs improved to 8-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The last-place Hawks dropped to 1-10 in the league standings.

James Cervantez and Zac Chapman posted identical 4-over-par 35s while leading the Bulldogs past the Hawks for the second time this season.

Ceres High teammates Jake Nevarez, Jacob Langan and Kobe Daoheung shot 38, 44 and 45, respectively.

Derek Weis paced Central Valley with a 13-over-par 44.

Teven Willey and Ray Martinez finished with rounds of 45 and 48, respectively.

Jose Castillo and Noah Postley rounded out the Hawks' team scorecard with identical 52s.

Ceres High lost by three strokes, 249-252, to El Capitan on Wednesday at Merced Golf & Country Club.

The Bulldogs edged the Gauchos by one stroke at River Oaks earlier this season.

"I knew going into the match we had our work cut out for us," Fry said. "I figured it would be close and it was. That's a good program. They're well-coached."

Langan fired a team-best 9-over-par 45.

"Jacob had a dynamite round," Fry said. "He played lights out."

Chapman, Cervantez, Nevarez and Daoheung shot 47, 52, 53 and 55, respectively.

Wei Chang (45) led El Capitan.

Johnny Xiong (48), Lucas Duda (49), Tyler Dietz (53) and Jacob Duda (54) also contributed.

Visiting Ceres High edged upset-minded Patterson 264-269 on April 21 at Diablo Grande Golf Course.

"Everybody looks at Ceres as the team to beat," Fry said. "We have a good, quality program."

Chapman led the Bulldogs with a 12-over-par 47.

Cervantez (48), Nevarez (50), Blake Bruton (58) and Langan (61) were counted upon as well.

Patterson's lineup featured Mitchell Hermia (51), James Perez (52), Andre Grice (54), AJ Tadios (54) and Caesar Durazo (58).

The Bulldogs and Hawks will compete at the WAC tournament this week.