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Preparation begins
CHS, CV coaches evaluate talent
Adrian Covarrubias stretches with other prospective members of Ceres Highs boys soccer team prior to the start of Thursdays training session. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's and Ceres High's boys and girls basketball, soccer and wrestling programs started training for their respective seasons this past week.

Ceres High varsity girls soccer head coach Miguel Saldate evaluated talent, Monday through Thursday.

The Bulldogs finished third in the Western Athletic Conference (8-3-1) and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs a year ago.

"Our tryouts are over," Saldate said. "I'm happy. They worked hard. They did everything we showed them. I think we'll have a pretty good team."

Maria Briones, new head coach of Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team, held tryouts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Hawks enjoyed their best season to date during the 2015-16 campaign by claiming their first conference title and participating in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Central Valley won 19 of 21 games and captured the WAC crown with a near-perfect 11-1-0 mark.

The Hawks finished in the top eight in the Division-III bracket.

"There's a lot of talent," Briones said. "I want to continue what was built here before me and go way beyond that. She (Cyndi Meshach) left a great program behind."

On Thursday at Ceres High, prospective members of the Bulldogs' varsity boys soccer team completed drills under first-year head coach Danny Barragan's guidance.

Barragan will stage seven days of tryouts before finalizing his roster.

Ceres High placed fourth in the WAC standings (6-6-0) and advanced to the 2015 Division-III postseason tournament.

"I just don't want good players," Barragan said. "I want a good team. I feel good about what I see. There's a lot of potential."