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Durossette to play multiple sports at CC
Section clears CHS transfer
Dalton Durossette - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Former Ceres High star athlete Dalton Durossette will be allowed to play varsity football and basketball for Central Catholic during the 2018-19 school year.

The Sac-Joaquin Section announced its ruling for the sophomore transfer last Friday.

Durossette will also be allowed to suit up for the school's junior-varsity baseball team.

"It's been very stressful," said Bret Durossette," Dalton's father. "We didn't know how they were going to rule. They used the full 20 days before they made a decision because he's a high-profile student-athlete. We're somewhat disappointed. He can't play varsity baseball this spring. We could have petitioned it. Maybe they pull their offer if we did."

A varsity baseball standout with the Bulldogs for the past two seasons, Dalton was denied clearance to compete at the same level at Central Catholic due to his connection with Raiders' leader Danny Ayala.

Durossette has played for Ayala's NorCal Valley Baseball Club for the past five years.

Danny owns the club, which fields competitive teams at multiple age levels.

Dalton enrolled at Central Catholic on Feb. 13.

Durossette and his parents attended the CIF State Northern California Division-III varsity boys basketball championship game between Central Catholic and Pleasant Valley last week in Chico.

Dalton wasn't in uniform but was allowed to watch the contest from the Raiders' bench.

"It's been an amazing experience so far," Bret said. "They're treating him great. From what I'm hearing, they're grateful he's there. He's way happier now. He likes going to school. He gets up in the morning and has a smile on his face. That was missing for quite a while."

Dalton was a multi-sport standout at Ceres High.

He earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors for his outstanding play in varsity football during the fall.

Durossette completed 135 of 247 passes for 1,709 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions at quarterback.

A standout pitcher and infielder in varsity baseball as a freshman, Dalton was selected to the WAC First Team.

Durossette batted .410 from the plate with one homer, three doubles, 22 RBIs, 34 runs and 11 stolen bases.

He compiled a 7-4 record with a 2.53 ERA, one no-hitter, one shutout, three complete games and 56 strikeouts on the mound.

Central Catholic has a rich tradition in baseball, basketball and football.

The Raiders won their third straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship in basketball this winter.

Central Catholic captured CIF State Bowl titles for football in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

The Raiders claimed 11 section titles (1998, 2000-09) in baseball under legendary head coach Mike Glines' guidance.

"He's at a place where sports matter a lot," Bret said. "He's going to get an opportunity to compete. It ain't going to be easy. He's going to have to work even harder. He's going to have to rise to the occasion."