By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
New-look Dawgs advance to postseason
CHS edges out LB for WACs final playoff berth
Senior Abigail Nou filled a major role as Ceres High secured its sixth consecutive playoff berth this season. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team edged out Los Banos for the Western Athletic Conference's third and final playoff berth.

The Bulldogs advanced to the postseason by virtue of their third-place finish at the WAC Year-End Tournament on Oct. 20 at Diablo Grande.

Ceres High posted a team score of 453.

The Tigers (501) took fifth.

"We knew it would be close," Bulldogs co-head coach Randy Cerny said. "If Los Banos would have beaten us, they would have gone instead of us. To be honest with you, I don't know if our girls felt any pressure. They just went out there and did the best they could."

Ceres High will participate in the playoffs for the sixth year in a row under Cerny's guidance.

"That was our goal," Cerny said. "It's special. It says a lot about the program. Now, everyone takes us serious because we've had a number of years of success."

Bulldog Abigail Nou finished fifth overall with a score of 99 on the Diablo Grande Ranch Course.

Ceres High teammates Hannah Smith (107), Savanah Beltran (123) and Monika Ramirez (124) placed seventh, 13th and 14th, respectively.

Central Valley High School senior Janita Vongphoumy placed first at the WAC Year-End tournament for the second consecutive season.

She shot an 11-over-par 83.

Hawk teammate Else Smith placed 18th with a 133.

El Capitan (422) won the WAC title.

Livingston (429) and Patterson (472) finished second and fourth, respectively.

Central Valley didn't post a team score due to its lack of numbers.

The Bulldogs continued their tradition of excellence this year despite competing with a revamped lineup. Caitlin Pfaff, Erica Hogner and Brittany Turnbow were lost to graduation.

Nou, Smith, Beltran and Ramirez, members of last year's WAC-championship team, filled key roles in 2015.

"They played their hearts out," Cerny said.