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Dawgs top Vikings in water polo
Katie Hensley
Katie Hensley and Ceres High’s girls water polo team topped Johansen 15-8 in Western Athletic Conference South play on Thursday in Modesto. Hensley had one goal. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s boys and girls water polo teams beat Johansen for the second time this season this past week.

Ceres High’s boys team remained atop the Western Athletic Conference South standings after posting a 13-9 win over the Vikings on Thursday in Modesto.

“When all of your guys are a threat, fast and strong on defense, it makes it easier to coach,” Bulldogs’ leader Stephen Dias said. “We got all the stuff that makes a good team. It’s really fun to watch them play.”

First-place Ceres High (4-0) beat Johansen (2-2) despite competing shorthanded as three players were sidelined for various reasons.

“We played with just one sub,” Dias said.

Ceres High won the first meeting, 13-11.

“Both games were intense, especially the first one,” Dias said. 

Bulldog Nick Campbell scored a team-high eight goals during last week’s matchup.

Cruz Fee added three goals.

Ryan Baranski and Cayden Jantz chipped in with one goal apiece.

Ceres High’s girls team cruised to a 15-8 victory against Johansen.

“We were able to play all of our girls,” Dias said. “Everybody got practice and experience.”

The second-place Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in the WAC South standings.

The last-place Vikings dropped to 0-3-1 in league play.

Ceres High won the first meeting, 15-6.

“They’re doing really well because of teamwork and they’ve worked hard at practice,” Dias said. “They just want to win.”

Bulldog Allison McAdams poured in a game-high seven goals during the rematch. 

Makayla Estermann and Reagan Hensley both scored twice.

Karen Bernal, Elise Cannella, Andrea Contreras and Katie Hensley all contributed one goal.


Ceres High’s softball team remained unbeaten on the season after besting Los Banos and Johansen this past week.

“Our expectation is to not lose a game,” Bulldogs’ head coach Mike Corsaut said. “But we’re not going to underestimate anybody because there are good teams out there.”

Ceres High improved to 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference South standings following Wednesday’s 3-1 win over visiting Los Banos.

“I knew it was going to be a competitive game,” Corsaut said. “Los Banos has a good team. We did what we had to do when it counted. We did the little things right.”

Bulldog pitcher Brooklyn Heffernan totaled 12 strikeouts versus the Tigers.

She allowed just one run and two hits over seven innings.

“She threw great again,” Corsaut said. “She’s doing a really good job commanding her pitches and being smart.”

Aryana Maldonado batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Isabella Giraldes batted 1-for-3 from the plate.

Jaime Olvera batted 0-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Sehren Martinez and Alayna Delatorre both scored once.

Tied at 1-1, Ceres High tallied two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Delatorre scored from third on Olvera’s bunt.

Olvera advanced to third on a throwing error to first and scored on Maldonado’s grounder to shortstop.

Ceres High routed Johansen, 19-0, in five innings on April 26 in Modesto.

“Everybody contributed,” Corsaut said.

Heffernan batted 4-for-4 from the plate with one grand slam, two doubles, one single, six RBIs and five runs.

Durossette batted 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs.

Bethanie Thornberry batted 4-for-5 with one double, four RBIs and one run.

Martinez batted 3-for-4 with one RBI and four runs.

Angelique Cochran batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and two runs.

Hawks win twice

Central Valley’s softball team won one of its three league games last week.

The Hawks dropped to 1-4 in the WAC South standings after losing 12-10 at Pacheco on Wednesday.

Central Valley split with Los Banos during their conference double-header on April 26 in Ceres.

The Hawks won the second game, 12-9.

Central Valley lost the first game, 20-15.


Central Valley’s boys tennis team improved to 3-0 in the Western Athletic Conference standings after topping Los Banos 8-1 on April 26 in Ceres.

“We had our season cut short last year (due to the coronavirus pandemic),” Hawks’ head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “We only had three matches. I’m just happy they get to play this season.”

Central Valley won five of six singles and all three doubles matches versus Los Banos.

Lourdvic Polanes defeated Jaydyn Todd 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Willy Souksavath defeated Jonas Gurgen 6-0, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

Belizario Ramirez defeated Alvaro Sandoval 6-2, 6-3 in No. 4 singles play.

Guillermo Garibay defeated Jacob Bangle 6-2, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Ruben Hernandez defeated Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2, in No. 6 singles play.

Aiden Sinlapaxay and Joaquin Pulido, Central Valley’s No. 1 doubles team, won by forfeit.

Gurtej Sangha and Enrique Lepe won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles.

Melvin Morales and Jesus Hernandez won by forfeit at No. 3 doubles.

Omar Lepe lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 to Cody Specht in No. 1 singles play.

Central Valley collected victories against Beyer (7-2) and Lathrop (9-0) during the opening week of WAC play.

Lourdvic Polanes
Lourdvic Polanes helped Central Valley’s boys tennis team keep its perfect record intact last week. Polanes won his No. 2 singles match versus Los Banos. - photo by Dale Butler