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Dawgs keep winning in girls golf
Central Valley secures split in conference play
Fiona Gay and the Hawks earned a split in WAC play last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls golf team secured a split during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.

Central Valley edged out Pacheco by two strokes, 259-261, on Thursday at Chowchilla's Pheasant Run Golf Course.

Janita Vongphoumy, 2014 Western Athletic Conference MVP, fired a 7-over-par 43 to lead the Hawks.

Else Smith, Christina Valtieria and Kaely Dennison shot 64, 75 and 77, respectively.

Jasmine Yruegas (57), Kaylin Lambert (60), Elaine Rodriguez (71) and Adriana Rodriguez (73) posted scores for Pacheco.

"We knew it was going to be close," Central Valley head coach Kelly Wheelock said. "It was a battle."

Central Valley dropped its WAC opener, 156-185, to El Capitan on Sept. 1 at St. Stanislaus Golf Course.

"El Capitan is one of the better teams in our league, along with Ceres High and Livingston," Wheelock said.

Vongphoumy carded a 1-under-par 27.

Smith, Fiona Gay and Emily Almanza shot 49, 53 and 56, respectively.

Marcelina Mariano led El Capitan with a 36.

Salina Carbaugh (38), Lauren Gudgel (38) and Aubrey Aponte (44) also competed.

"Janita's actually improved from last year," Wheelock said. "She worked on her game all summer. She's going to be fun to watch."

Bulldogs win twice

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team won all 12 of its Western Athletic Conference

Competing with a new-look lineup following the loss of three starters to graduation, the Bulldogs opened the 2015 WAC season with a pair of victories this past week.

"I'm not surprised," Ceres High co-head coach Randy Cerny said. "We have experience and depth. I don't think it (repeating as WAC champs) is an unrealistic goal. It's going to take a lot of hard work."

Returning players Abigail Nou, Monika Ramirez, Hannah Smith and Savanah Beltran shot 35, 39, 42 and 46, respectively, while leading Ceres High to a 162-185 win over visiting Los Banos on Thursday at St. Stanislaus Golf Course.

Morgan Pimentel paced Los Banos with a 37.

Hannah Young, Victoria Brasil and Haley Quintana posted scores of 47, 48 and 53, respectively.

Nou carded a team-best 16-over-par 52 during Ceres High's 240-257 triumph over Patterson on Sept. 1 at Diablo Grande Golf Course.

Smith (56), Ramirez (65) and Rose Sammons (67) rounded out the Bulldogs' scorecard.

Tatianna Tafoya led Patterson with a 50.