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Dawgs sweep Hawks in girls golf
Ceres High beats Central Valley by 21 strokes
Central Valleys Janita Vongphoumy earned low-medalist honors against crosstown-rival Ceres High. She fired a 2-over-par 30. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team continued its run of dominance against crosstown-rival Central Valley this past week.

The Bulldogs collected their 10th straight win against the Hawks dating back to the 2011 season.

Ceres High won the latest meeting by 21 strokes, 160-181, on Oct. 13 at St. Stanislaus Golf Course.

"It's a very, friendly rivalry," Bulldogs co-head coach Dave Fry said. "The girls all know each other. They play their home matches on the same course."

Ceres High improved to 6-5 in the WAC.

Central Valley dropped to 3-6 in the conference standings.

The Bulldogs will secure their sixth consecutive postseason berth if they beat Pacheco and finish second overall at the WAC Year-End Tournament this week.

"Mathematically, we're still in the playoff hunt," Fry said. "It's going to be a dogfight."

Ceres High's Hannah Smith carded a 9-over-par 37 against Central Valley.

Bulldog teammates Abigail Nou, Monika Ramirez and Rose Sammons shot 40, 41 and 42, respectively.

"Hannah stepped up and played really well," Fry said. "She's good around the greens. Her chipping and putting are phenomenal. She's consistent. She's a solid golfer."

Central Valley senior/2014 WAC Most Valuable Player Janita Vongphoumy bested the entire field with a 2-over-par 30.

Else Smith, Paulina Diaz and Lisa Serna shot 38, 53 and 60, respectively.

"We knew Janita was going to be the low medalist," Fry said. "She's the best player in the league."

Ceres High improved its all-time record versus Central Valley in WAC play to 11-1.

The top three teams in the WAC qualify for the playoffs.

El Capitan and Livingston have already assured themselves postseason berths.

Ceres High and Los Banos are battling for the third and final spot.

"The emphasis this year was to go out and forge a new trail," said Fry, whose team lost three key players to graduation in Caitlin Pfaff, Erica Hogner and Brittany Turnbow last spring. "The girls have done a good job this year."