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Hawk, Bulldog athletes shine in Turlock
CV claims three individual titles
Central Valleys Jose Uribe placed fifth in the shot put at the Stanislaus County Meet earlier this month at Turlock High. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR/The Courier

The members of Central Valley's and Ceres High's varsity track and field programs turned in solid performances at the Stanislaus County Meet on March 14 at Joe Debely Stadium in Turlock.

"We did pretty well across the board," Hawks head coach Mike Reynolds said.

Sherlyn Hernandez, Heaven Simon, Emerald Gutierrez and Kristie Del Valle helped lead Central Valley's girls squad to a fourth-place finish in the team standings (41 points).

Hernandez placed first in the 100 (13.17) and second in the 200 (26.85).

Simon placed first in the 300 hurdles (48.52) and second in the 400 (60.50).

The Hawks' 4x100 relay team of Hernandez, Simon, Gutierrez and Del Valle placed fourth (53.28).

Ceres High's girls team finished 10th (22 points).

Freshman Azia Brewster placed second in the high jump (4-10).

Gykisha Smith placed third in the 100 hurdles (16.62).

Ceres High's boys squad took fifth (55 points).

Austin Stiles placed second in the high jump (6-2) and 10th in the triple jump (38-43/4).

The Bulldogs' 4x400 relay team of Stiles, Kevin Moita, Judas Chavarin and Tristan Dray placed second (3:34.49).

Tomas Rocha placed third in the 800 (2:04.63).

Dray placed third in the 110 hurdles (16.53) and 300 hurdles (43.17).

Central Valley's boys placed seventh (46 points).

Ja'Quan Gardner defended his 100-meter title. He placed first (11.15).

Central Valley's 4x100 relay team of Gardner, Angelo Bermudez, Alex Vazquez and Ozzie Ramos placed second (44.98).

Jose Uribe placed second in the discus (144-9) and fifth in the shot put (42-8).

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer team broke out of a scoring slump last week.

The Bulldogs shut out Pacheco for 70 minutes and held on for a 2-1 victory Thursday evening in Ceres.

Ceres High improved to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the WAC standings.

The Panthers dropped to 0-3 in conference play.

"They're pretty excited," Bulldogs head coach Miguel Saldate said. "We got our first league win."

Victoria Andrade and Lisette Carretero both scored once for Ceres High, which had just one goal during its previous six games.

Goalkeeper Giselle Madrigal tallied eight saves.

Freshman forward Dominique Koeurn put pressure on Pacheco's defense.

Koeurn, who was a late addition to the team, missed a portion of the game with an ankle injury.

"She has speed and control," Saldate said. "She just needs to finish."

The Bulldogs scored two goals on 13 shots.

Ceres High led 1-0 at intermission.

Andrade scored from close-range midway through the first half. Victoria followed Dominique's shot attempt, which deflected off the left post.

Madrigal made diving stops on two Pacheco shot attempts.

Carretero gave the Bulldogs some breathing room when she found the back of the net from 18 yards out in the 55th minute.

Pacheco cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the game.

"Our communication was better," Saldate said. "We just need to score more."

Hawks fall twice
Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team broke into the win column in WAC play for the first time this season on March 13.

The Hawks posted a 3-0 win over host Los Banos.

Central Valley dropped to 1-3 in the league standings this past week after dropping a pair of league games.

"We clearly have things we need to work on," Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach said.

Sophomore goalkeepeer Stephanie Lopez made 11 saves during Central Valley's 2-0 loss to Livingston on Thursday in Ceres.

Yarista Arista led the Wolves with her dominant play at midfielder.

"If she's not on the field, it's a completely different game," Meshach said. "She's a ball magnet."

Just two of the Hawks' 11 shots were on goal.

Central Valley trailed 1-0 at intermission.

The Hawks lost 2-1 at Patterson on Tuesday, March 18.

Rocio Beltran prevented the shutout with a goal late in the first half. Emely Amaya picked up the assist.

Lopez totaled six saves.

Central Valley outshot Patterson, 15-10.

"We were dominant in the last 10 minutes," Meshach said. "But flat in the first 70 minutes."

Beltran tallied one goal and one assist versus Los Banos.

Amaya and Martha Gonzalez both scored once.

Evelyn Andrade collected one assist.

Lopez had four saves.

Central Valley will host Pacheco tomorrow (4 p.m.) and play at Ceres High on April 1 (5:30 p.m.).

"I love these girls," Meshach said. "I respect their work ethic and attitudes. They're a fun group to coach."