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WAC recognition for boys golf
Three CHS underclassmen earn all-WAC honors
Freshman Gary Condit had a memorable first season with Ceres Highs varsity boys golf team. Condit was the second-best player in the Western Athletic Conference. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Three members of Ceres High's varsity boys golf team earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors as announced by the league's head coaches on May 11 in Atwater.

None of crosstown-rival Central Valley's players were recognized.

"I got no complaints," Bulldogs first-year head coach Abel Maestas said.

Freshmen Gary Condit and Jayden Panyanouvong both earned first-team, all-conference honors.

Condit ranked second in the WAC's individual standings with a slope and rating average of 5.69.

"I still believe he was the best player in the league," Maestas said. "If you factor in head-to-head matchups, Gary would have won it (Most Valuable Player). If we wouldn't have gotten disqualified against Los Banos, he would have won it."

El Capitan's Chris Giardina edged out Condit by .12 points for the WAC's MVP award.

"It was so close," Maestas said. "I'm very happy with how Gary did. He performed well throughout the season. He'll win MVP the next three years."

Condit played in one less match than Giardina this season.

Gary outshot Chris twice during the WAC dual season.

Condit also outplayed Giardina at the conference's year-end tournament. Gary took first.

Condit and Giardina tied for fifth at the WAC mid-season tourney.

Giardina had a slope and rating average of 5.57

"Gary's going to come back pretty determined," Maestas said. "He's got room to grow. Once he adds distance to his accuracy, it will make him better."

Panyanouvong (9.39) was the fourth-best player in the WAC.

"He got better throughout the year, too," Maestas said. "He performed great."

Sophomore Jake Nevarez was selected to the WAC Second Team.

Nevarez (11.64) was the 10th-best player.

"He was consistent throughout the year," Maestas said.

Condit, Panyanouvong and Nevarez helped lead the Bulldogs to their first WAC overall championship.

Ceres High placed first at both the conference's mid-season and year-end tournaments.

The Bulldogs had a near-perfect 11-1 record during the WAC dual season.

Ceres High's lone loss was to Los Banos.

The Tigers won by forfeit over the Bulldogs on March 15 at St. Stanislaus Golf Course. Ceres High was punished for a practice violation which occurred minutes before the match got underway. "It was my fault," Maestas said. "I'm a new coach. I didn't know the rule. You can't warm up on the course you play on before stroke play. My players were putting on one of the greens before the match. It happened once. It's not going to happen again. It was a learning experience. We moved past it."

Central Valley senior Noah Postley (14.33) ranked 14th as an individual in the WAC.

The top 11 golfers garnered recognition for their outstanding play.

The Hawks (4-8) placed sixth in the conference's overall standings.