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Impressive streaks in athletics
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The Miami Heat had their 27-game unbeaten streak snapped by the Chicago Bulls.

The Heat suffered a 101-97 loss on March 27 and fell seven wins shy of eclipsing the NBA record for most consecutive victories.

The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers won 33 straight games.

In today's Courier, we highlight impressive runs of dominance by Ceres High and Central Valley sports teams through the years.

Here's a list of some of the best winning streaks.

Ceres High School's 2013 varsity boys tennis team is enjoying its best season to date thanks in large part to the play of Julio Ochoa, Alick Liang, Gurman Bains, Chase Harden, Rene Cortes, Jose Ortega, Trevor Brazil, Sergio Zepeda, Manny Jimenez, Shane Kumar, Heath Adrian, Dennis Phommalinh and Tim Lakomy.

The Bulldogs (22-1) have won 16 straight matches, including nine in a row in Western Athletic Conference play.

Ceres High, which has already set a program record for wins in a season, is vying for its second straight WAC title. The Bulldogs went 11-1 in the 2012.

"It's pretty amazing," head coach Bryan Harden said while talking about his team's dominance. "I honestly don't think they feel any added pressure. They just go out there and play. We're not invincible. I don't allow my kids to think that way. It's important for them to stay humble or you'll be humbled."

Ceres High School's 1995-96 varsity girls basketball team reeled off 31 straight victories before losing 61-53 to Del Campo in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II playoffs.

"We would have loved to have gone undefeated," said Vanessa Morris, a four-year standout guard with the Bulldogs. "As the leader of the team, I should have done more to make sure we won that game. I take the blame for the loss."

Morris ranked fifth in the state in scoring (28.9 ppg).

She led Ceres High to a perfect 16-0 record in the Valley Oak League.

"The thing I remember the most is I had great teammates," Vanessa said. "We played for each other. We weren't selfish. We worked hard. We had fun every day. We knew we were good but we weren't cocky. We were prepared."

Central Valley High School's 2010 varsity boys soccer team nearly finished the season with an undefeated record.

The Hawks had their 18-game unbeaten streak snapped by Vista del Lago in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV finals.

Central Valley, which squandered a two-goal lead on its way to a 3-2 loss in the title game, accumulated 16 wins, one loss and two ties on the year.

The Hawks won their third straight league title during the regular season. Central Valley placed first in the Western Athletic Conference standings with an 8-0-2 mark.

Daniel Ochoa, Jose Ramirez, Gerardo Cazares and Larry Hernandez all played key roles.

Central Valley had its section-title hopes dashed in stunning fashion.

"They took something great from us and we can't do anything about it," said Ramirez, a fourth-year starter and one of the Hawks' three captains. "It's devastating."

Omaira Estremera, Heidi Eisenbeis, Meghan Franksen, Brittany Franksen, Marissa Van Guilder, Jessica Campos and Michelle Jara all played key roles while propelling Ceres High School's 2002 varsity softball team to a perfect 18-0 record in the Central California Conference.

"We always had a target on our back," former Ceres High head coach Mike Corsaut said. "We were the best team out there. It didn't matter who we played."

Estremera, star pitcher for the Bulldogs, had a 21-0 record, 0.05 ERA and nine no-hitters heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-I playoffs.

Vacaville rallied for a 4-3 upset victory over Ceres High in the opening round.

The Bulldogs won 24 of 26 games during the course of the season.

"We had lots of girls that played well for us," Corsaut said. "They all knew what they were supposed to do. It was fun coaching them."

Ceres High School's 2002 varsity boys golf team won all 18 of its matches en route to a first-place finish in the Central California Conference.

The Bulldogs' top player was Ryan Thornberry.

Carlos Maldonado, Nick Wilcox, Kip MacArthur, Jack Richardson and Ben Martinez also contributed.

Thornberry was named the CCC's Most Valuable Player for the third year in a row. He also captured his second straight title at the conference championships.

He averaged 1.5 strokes under par on the season.

Wilcox was a first-team, all-CCC selection.