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Malynda Lomeli, Abraham Navarro recognized as Hawks top student-athletes
Central Valley High School seniors Malynda Lomeli and Abraham Navarro were presented Golden Hawk Athlete Award trophies on May 14. Lomeli and Navarro were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements over the past four years. - photo by Dale Butler

Malynda Lomeli's and Abraham Navarro's names will be added to the Golden Hawk Athlete Awards Banner inside Central Valley's Gymnasium.

The two seniors were recognized as the school's top athletes on May 14.

Athletic Director Michelle Parrish made the announcement.
A point system taking into account athletic and academic achievement, and community involvement for the past four years determined male and female winners.

"When the words came out of her (Parrish's) mouth, I wanted to scream and yell at the top of my lungs," Navarro said. "I always wanted to win the award. That was my main goal. It's a privilege to be up on that board. You can't erase it."

Added Lomeli: "I don't think it's set in completely yet. I got what I wanted since I was a freshman. I'm pretty happy. If my kids go there and play, they'll see my name up there."

Malynda earned nine varsity letters during her prep athletic career, including four in softball, three in wrestling and two in volleyball.

Lomeli fell one win shy of placing at the CIF Girls State Wrestling Invitational in February.

Malynda won three of five matches in the 122-pound division. She posted a 35-7 record during her final season with the Hawks.

She was selected to the Western Athletic Conference Second Team in both softball and volleyball her senior year.

A setter in volleyball, Malynda collected 16 assists while leading the Hawks to a 2-0 record against the crosstown Bulldogs.

Lomeli, a standout shortstop, helped Central Valley softball triple its win total from the 2012 season.
Malynda batted .385 with 17 RBIs for the Hawks, who posted a 3-9 record in WAC play.

"I'm definitely going to miss wrestling the most," she said. "It's the hardest sport to do."

Lomeli will continue her education at Cal State Stanislaus.

She wants to become a labor and delivery nurse.

"I lost a lot of sleep," said Malynda, who maintained a 3.92 cumulative grade point average. "It (sports and academics) took up a lot of time. I don't regret anything. I would wrestle if Stanislaus had a team."

Navarro earned eight varsity letters, including four in football, two in basketball, one in swimming and one in baseball.

Abraham was a Valley Oak League honorable-mention pick in football during the 2009-10 school year.

Navarro totaled eight touchdowns and just one interception while starting six games at quarterback.

"People knew who I was because of football," he said.
"Getting moved up to varsity as a freshman is something I'll never forget. I had to play like a senior. I'll always remember beating Ceres High four years in a row."
Abraham suited up for Central Valley's record-setting baseball team this spring.

The Hawks posted a program-best 19-9 overall record, qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time and finished in third place in the WAC standings (6-6).

Central Valley defeated crosstown-rival Ceres High 9-5 in the finals of the Art McRae Tournament.

"I wasn't a big contributor," Navarro said. "But I was still on the team."

Abraham will attend Modesto Junior College. Navarro has a cumulative GPA of 3.2.