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Hawks still in hunt for WAC crown
CHS girls soccer team challenges CV in first half
Ceres Highs Miranda Larranaga (6) and Central Valleys Andrea Ornelas battle for possession during last weeks crosstown clash. The Bulldogs lost 4-1 to the host Hawks on Jan. 17 at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys wrestling team kept its Western Athletic Conference dual-meet title hopes alive this past week.

The Hawks moved to 2-1 in the standings after besting the shorthanded Panthers of Pacheco 48-31 on Jan. 17 in Los Banos.

Central Valley's Christian Oliver (138 pounds) and Nasson Sanchez (182s) were sidelined with injuries.

"We're fortunate to be able to walk away with the victory," head coach Rob Beckhart said. "We're not happy because we lost more matches than we won. We're having a hard time putting together a solid lineup. We have some kids with injuries."

The Hawks prevailed despite being outscored 25-24 in matches wrestled.

Approximately 24 of Central Valley's points came via four forfeits.

"All of our duals are going to be tight," Beckhart said. "We don't have a lot of depth. We're young. The expectation is to go out there and win. We just need to work harder."

Hawk Roman Martinez won by pin (0:52) against Panther Rene Llamas at 152 pounds.

Angel Rico won by pin (0:53) against Mike Aparicio at 195 pounds.

James Murphy won by pin (1:36) against Kyle Savage at 160 pounds.

Severo Vazquez won by pin (1:39) against Jorge Salas at 145 pounds.

Anthony Voss, Kyle Hendrix, Tyler Beckhart and David Lezama collected wins by forfeit at 106, 113, 220 and 285 pounds, respectively.

Hawk Will Sprouse lost by decision (10-6) to Panther Anthony Velasquez at 132 pounds.

Wilbur Arellano lost by major decision (14-2) to Carlos Villasenor at 126 pounds.

Nate Curry lost by pin (3:27) to Jose Soberanes at 170 pounds.

Antonio Castillo lost by pin (3:54) to Anthony Cerda at 120 pounds.

Natanael Lezama lost by pin (3:59) to Juan Cazeras at 182 pounds.

Central Valley also lost by forfeit at 138 pounds.

The Hawks had a perfect 18-0 record against WAC dual-meet competition from 2014-16.

Central Valley will host Patterson today at 6 p.m.

"Moving forward, we have to win every dual meet to have a chance to go back to team sections," Beckhart said.

Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity girls soccer teams put their unblemished Western Athletic Conference records on the line when they clashed this past week.

The visiting Bulldogs put up a fight in the opening half before losing 4-1 to the crosstown-rival Hawks on Jan. 17 at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex.

"You can't win them all," Ceres High head coach Miguel Saldate said. "Wish we could. We still got two more games against them."

Bulldog Miranda Wilds netted her seventh goal in Western Athletic Conference play for the Bulldogs (5-3-3, 4-1-0).

Ceres High's Siriana Gudino and Angelmarie Coral made eight and three saves, respectively, while splitting playing time at goalkeeper.

"If it wouldn't have been for her (Gudino), the score could have been really bad," Saldate said. "She did awesome."

Jackie Sanchez led Central Valley (11-1-1, 5-0-1) with one goal and three assists.

Citlaly Salinas, Sarah Silva and Mixtly Vega all scored once.

Amanda Calvo collected one assist.

Hawk goalie Emely Lopez tallied six saves.

Central Valley outscored Ceres High 3-0 during the second half.

"I knew it wasn't going to be an easy game," Saldate said. "Most of their girls play on the same club team. They have a lot of chemistry. Their skills are pretty high."

The Bulldogs and Hawks battled to a 1-1 tie in the opening 40 minutes.

Wilds' close-range goal gave Ceres High a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.

Salinas knotted the score just before the end of the first half.

"Even though we scored first, I knew it was going to be a tough game," Saldate said. "They controlled the ball more than we did. We did everything we could. We played a decent game. It was a very competitive game."