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Leon, Munoz receive league honors
• Duo led CHS girls to fourth-place finish
Celeste Leon
Ceres High varsity girls basketball player Celeste Leon was named to the Western Athletic Conference First Team. - photo by Dale Butler

Celeste Leon performed like a veteran during her second season with Ceres High’s varsity girls basketball program.

The Western Athletic Conference’s head coaches took notice and rewarded the sophomore guard for her stellar play.

Leon and Bulldog teammate Lysaida Munoz both earned all-league honors in a vote by the league’s coaches on Feb. 25 at Grace Davis.

“It was well-deserved,” Ceres High head coach Mike Estrada Jr. said. “They worked hard every second they were on the floor.”

Leon was named to the WAC First Team. “The one year of experience as a freshman helped her this year,” Estrada said. “She was smarter. Her shooting improved so much, especially in the mid-range. She got more comfortable and confident as the season went on. She was super composed. She didn’t get rattled.”

Leon averaged 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game.

“She still has two more years left,” Estrada said. “I definitely expect her to be a big part of our success in the future.”

Munoz was selected to the WAC All-Defensive Team.

The junior forward averaged 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

“She could guard any position on the floor,” Estrada said. “I expect her to be even better next year. She’ll be one of our top players again.”

Ceres High placed fourth overall with an 8-6 mark in the conference standings.

“Our expectations will be higher next year, especially with the talent we have coming back,” Estrada said. “We’ll definitely compete for the WAC title.”