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Smith excels at Division-IV golf tourney
CV girls tennis standout Martinez reaches semifinals
Anthony Ocanas follows Brandan Cordeiros lead block during the Central Valley junior-varsity football teams 42-0 loss to Patterson in WAC play on Friday at Bulldog Stadium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls golf squad faced a challenging task this past week while participating in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the seventh year in a row.

"We knew going in we'd be competing against some very good programs," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "I told the girls to have fun, enjoy the moment and don't put any pressure on themselves. And they did."

Ceres High posted a team score of 658 en route to a sixth-place finish at the Division-IV Tournament on Oct. 24 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course in Atwater.

"A couple of the girls did really well," Cerny said.

Fourth-year players Hannah Smith and Monika Ramirez wrapped up their prep golf careers with the Bulldogs.

Smith fired a 93 on her way to a ninth-place finish in the individual standings.

"That's quite an accomplishment," Cerny said. "She shot a great round of golf."

Ramirez (106) took 17th.

"I had a feeling both of them (Monika and Hannah) would have a good day," Cerny said.

Bulldog teammates Rose Sammons (134), Ariana Medina (140) and Alex Potts (185) placed 33rd, 35th and 40th, respectively.

Ceres High continued its winning tradition under Cerny's guidance this fall.

The Bulldogs secured their seventh straight playoff berth.

Ceres High finished second overall in the Western Athletic Conference's final standings.

The Bulldogs won eight of 10 matches during the conference's dual season.

Ceres High placed third at the WAC year-end and mid-season tournaments.

"It's been an honor to coach these girls," Cerny said. "I take a lot of pride in what they were able to do."

Central Valley varsity girls tennis standout Claudia Martinez advanced to the semi-final round of the Western Athletic Conference Singles Tournament for the second year in a row.

Martinez, a senior, compiled a 2-1 record.

"I'm pretty satisfied with how she did," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "I figured she'd get to the semifinals. She beat everybody in league except for Los Banos' Shirley Liu and Pacheco's Miranda Arrey."

Fourth-seeded Martinez lost 6-1, 6-1 to eventual-champion Shirley Liu of Los Banos on Oct. 25 in Livingston.

She defeated Los Banos' Adriana Moreno 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and Patterson's Eze Ogbuli 7-5, 6-0 in the first round.

"If she was on the other side of the bracket, she probably would have been in the finals," Rodriguez said.

Claudia won 12 of her 18 conference matches in 2016.

She finished 10-5 during the WAC regular season.

"Her style of play allows her to dictate the pace of the match," Rodriguez said. "She gets everything back."

Central Valley sophomore Lupita Becerra posted a 1-1 record on her way to advancing to the quarterfinals.

"It was a good first experience for her," Rodriguez said.

Lupita lost 6-1, 6-2 to Pacheco's Miranda Arrey in the quarterfinals.

She defeated Patterson's Kitzia Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round.

"She won her first match pretty easily," Rodriguez said.

Becerra won nine of 17 league matches this season.

Andria Esho and Dominique Koeurn represented Ceres High at the WAC Singles Tournament.

"They played with effort," Bulldogs head coach Jack Lackey said. "They're just not as strong as the other players."

Andria lost 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Taylor Torongo of Los Banos "She did really well in the first set," Lackey said. "For some reason, she couldn't sustain it. I don't know if she got tired."

Esho defeated Patterson's Catarina Borges 7-5, 6-4 in the first round.

Koeurn fell 6-3, 6-2 to Pacheco's Aimee Wheeler in the opening round.

Central Valley's junior-varsity football team lost by shutout, 42-0, to visiting Patterson in Western Athletic Conference play on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

"We didn't have a lot of stats for the game," Hawks head coach Joe Rohles said. "We had 85 yards of total offense."

Central Valley dropped to 1-8 on the year and 1-3 in the WAC standings.

The Tigers improved to 6-3 and 3-1.

Hawk Brandan Cordeiro rushed for a team-leading 32 yards on 10 carries.

Gabriel Rodriguez gained 25 yards on attempts.

Anthony Ocanas caught two passes for 17 yards.

Derek Bolivar and Ryan Palecek both tallied a team-high seven tackles on defense.

Central Valley will close out the WAC season against Ceres High (7-2, 3-1) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

The Bulldogs routed the Pacheco Panthers 61-6 last week.

The crosstown contest will get underway at 5 p.m.