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The spring high school sports season has arrived. Baseball. Tennis. Golf. Softball. Soccer. Swimming. Track and field. The new year offers a full slate of entertainment.

Central Valley senior Latrisha Jordan and Ceres High junior Robert Cope and sophomore Luis Ochoa will look to add to their already impressive resumes.

Jordan qualified for the 2007 CIF State Track and Field Championships (300-meter hurdles), captured a section crown (300 hurdles) and won four Valley Oak League titles (300 hurdles, 100 hurdles, 200 and 100) in her first year running with the Hawks.

Cope earned the VOL Offensive Player of the Year Award for varsity baseball.

The standout catcher ranked first in the conference in batting average (.559), home runs (3), slugging percentage (1.000) and on-base percentage (.659), second in RBIs (18) and triples (3), third in runs (17) and fifth in doubles (2).

Ochoa posted a 30-6 record while starring at No. 1 singles for Ceres High's varsity boys tennis squad.

The first-team, all-VOL honoree advanced to the quarterfinals of the league tournament. He tied for eighth place with a 2-1 mark.

Ceres High's varsity softball team will be vying for its 22nd straight postseason appearance. The 2007 Bulldogs locked up the VOL's third and final playoff berth by virtue of their 13-1 win over Central Valley and Sonora's 4-1 loss to Oakdale on the final day of the regular season. Ceres (15-11-2) stunned Capital Valley League champion Foothill 4-0 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships.

Ceres High's varsity boys tennis program secured its first postseason berth since 1991 last season. The Valley Oak League runner-up Bulldogs (12-2) upset Metropolitan Conference champion McClatchy 5-4 on the road in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Team Playoffs.

The last time Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity baseball teams played, the Hawks rallied for a 3-2 victory on their home diamond over the heavily-favored Bulldogs. The win eliminated Ceres from Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff contention on the last day of the regular season. The stunning loss came less than 48 hours after the Bulldogs beat the Hawks by the 10-run slaughter rule (14-4