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League soccer honors bestowed
Arianna Diaz
Arianna Diaz led Ceres High’s girls soccer team in scoring this winter. The sophomore attacking midfielder earned first-team, all-conference accolades.

A combined nine members of Ceres High’s and Central Valley’s girls soccer programs have been recognized for their contributions during the 2021-22 season.

“It was fair,” Bulldogs’ head coach Hannah Menk said while talking about the Western Athletic Conference all-league voting process.

“They deserve it,” Hawks’ leader Miguel Larranaga said while praising his players following the Central California Conference year-end head coaches’ meeting.

Ceres High’s Arianna Diaz, Kristina Corbin and Camille Clemmer were all selected to the WAC First Team.

Abi Prado earned second-team, all-league accolades.

Paris Garcia and Andrea Hernandez were both honorable-mention picks.

Diaz, a sophomore attacking midfielder, led the Bulldogs in scoring. 

“With people graduating, that allowed Arianna to showcase her skills,” Menk said. “She was more verbal this year. Her personality came out. She got stronger. She was more confident. She was one of the fastest players on the team.”

Corbin, a junior, starred at right midfielder.

“She’s very technical and scrappy,” Menk said. 

Clemmer, a junior, split playing time at right outside back and center back.

“She brought energy to the team,” Menk said. “She was fun. She had no fear.”

Prado, a junior, contributed at center back and defensive center midfielder.

“She was very vocal on the field,” Menk said. “She was our team leader. With her height and size, she was like a brick wall.”

Garcia and Hernandez logged playing time at striker during their final seasons.

“They led by example,” Menk said. “They were driven. They were kind and respectful. They encouraged the team.”

The Bulldogs (8-4-1) placed second in the WAC standings.

Central Valley senior defender Ally Singh was selected to the CCC First Team.

She collected three goals and three assists for the fifth-place Hawks (1-7-4).

“She deserved it,” Larranaga said. “She was our leader. She was a very strong player. She was consistent.”

Singh was a four-year varsity player.

“She improved a lot,” Larranaga said. “She became more confident.”

Hawk senior right midfielder Maddie Mendonsa earned second-team, all-conference honors.

She had two goals and three assists.

“She was a very talented player,” Larranaga said. “She was very secure with the ball. She didn’t make a lot of mistakes.”

Mendonsa was sidelined for three games earlier in year after suffering a knee injury.

“It was bad,” Larranaga said. “Her knee cap was sideways. The ambulance came. I didn’t think she’d come back. She played stronger the rest of the season.”

Mendonsa contributed at the varsity level for three seasons.

“She learned how to play her position better every year,” Larranaga said. “She changed a lot.”

Central Valley senior right midfielder/forward Malina Keomuangchanh was a CCC Sportsmanship Award winner.

She scored two goals.

“She motivated the whole team,” Larranaga said. “She was always positive.”

Keomuangchanh was a four-year varsity contributor.

“She was very athletic,” Larranaga said. “She was fast. She gave it 100 percent every minute she played. She worked very hard and tried to be better every time she was on the field.”

Ally Singh
A four-year contributor on Central Valley’s girls soccer team, Ally Singh earned first-team all-CCC honors her final season with the Hawks.