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Junior Bulldogs unbeaten at 6-0 on the gridiron
CV volleyball offering clinic
Zaire Eugene had an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown as the Ceres Jr. Bulldogs youth football squad defeated the Hayward Earthquakes earlier month in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

The Second Annual Central Valley High School Volleyball Clinic will be staged this Saturday.

More than 40 boys and girls, in grades K-8, participated last year.

"I'm anticipating a good turnout," Hawks varsity head coach Kelly Heese said. "We're trying to teach fundamentals at an earlier age."

Hawk coaches and players from the varsity, JV and frosh levels will provide instruction, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We try to have our players do the majority of action with the participants," Heese said. "They get to see what it's like to be a coach. Last year, they did really well."

Emphasis will be placed on basic fundamentals, including passing, hitting, serving and footwork.

"There's a big difference in ages," Heese said. "The younger girls use a badminton net. It's a confidence building thing. The junior-high girls will focus on passing and serving. Those are two of the most important parts of the game. We work on all of the fundamentals."

Cost is $5.

The clinic will last two hours.

"It's a good chunk of time," Heese said. "The price is reasonable. Last year, we had a great turnout."

Ceres High School's varsity boys and girls cross country teams won by forfeit against shorthanded El Capitan on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The visiting Gauchos brought just several varsity runners to Ceres last week.

El Capitan had no competitors during the girls race.

Lisette Carretero bested all of her Ceres High teammates.

She finished first overall with a time of 23 minutes, 18 seconds on the 3-mile course.

Lacey Oliveira (23:43), Jennifer Cisneros (25:17), Haleigh Leazer (25:36) and Karina Torrez (27:06) took second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Gauchos had two runners during the boys competition.

Ceres High's Christian Linarez placed first (20:50).

Bulldog teammates Manuel Baez (21:13), Efren Ramirez (22:24), Angel Macias (22:37) and Beto Rodriguez (22:37) finished second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Ceres High's girls squad (4-1) remained in second place in the WAC.

Ceres High's boys (1-4) notched their first dual win of the season.

CV swept by LB
Central Valley High School's varsity boys cross country team lost 22-40 to host Los Banos last Wednesday.

Jose Bastidas was the Hawks' top placer.

Bastidas took second (18:08).

Ben Saldana (third, 18:45), Anthony Carrillo (10th, 21:10), Alejandro Espinoza (11th, 21:21) and Paul Hernandez (13th, 23:03) also scored points for Central Valley, which dropped to 1-4 in the WAC.

The Tigers' varsity girls squad won by forfeit. Central Valley fell to 1-4 in conference standings.

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team lost 15-6 to Livingston on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

The Hawks competed without two-way starters Jonathan Barragan and Carlos Fregoso.

Barragan (running back/defensive back) and Fregoso (line) were promoted to varsity.

"It hurt us a little on depth at their positions, but overall, I don't think it made a big difference," Central Valley head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. "We had two weeks to prep the rest of the team. We didn't play to our potential. We need to minimize the mistakes that we are continuously making. We had way too many penalties."

The Hawks dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Central Valley scored its lone touchdown in the first quarter. Chase Winchester caught a 50-yard TD pass from Wilbert Soriano on a fourth-and-1 play.

The Ceres Jr. Bulldogs' varsity youth football team squad won its Week 6 matchup, 31-12, versus the visiting Hayward Earthquakes on Oct. 11 at Cesar Chavez Jr. High.

"It was a great team effort," head coach Joseph Estrada said.

First-place Ceres improved to 6-0 in the Bay Valley Gridiron Youth Football standings. Hayward dropped to 3-1-1. "The difference from this year to last year is discipline," Estrada said. "All of the kids are having fun. They're learning and we're bringing the best out of them. I have a good coaching staff."

The Jr. Bulldogs and Earthquakes were unbeaten prior to competing last week.

Ceres beat the previously-unbeaten Stockton Ravens 28-26 on Oct. 4.

"Our expectations are high, Estrada said. "All of the kids are focused. They take practice very serious. They want to win more than the other teams I've coached. They want to be champions."

Zaire Eugene totaled 179 yards of offense, including 164 on the ground, and three touchdowns against Hayward.

"He's got a bright future in front of him," Estrada said.

Joshua Vasquez rushed for 60 yards and one TD.

James Benites ran for 25 yards and one touchdown.

Joel Lopez passed for 45 yards.

"We're a team," Estrada said. "We don't rely on just one player."

Eugene returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

"It got everybody pumped up for the game," Estrada said.