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Parikh embraces role as mentor for inexperienced Hawks
Central Valley High School's varsity boys golf program returns just one player from last year's roster.

Senior Adam Parikh has been asked to serve as a mentor to his inexperienced Hawk teammates.

"I talked to him about that," Central Valley head coach Mike Holliday said. "He's got a lot of charisma. The kids like him. It's a role he can handle."

The Hawks' starting lineup consists of Parikh (Sr.), Robert Lerma (So.), Dalton Gonzalez (Sr.), Va Yang (Sr.) and Dario Manriquez (Sr.).

"Robert's going to be a good golfer in the future," Holliday said.

Sonora, East Union, Oakdale and Sierra should finish in the top half of the Valley Oak League standings this year, followed by Ceres High, Manteca, Weston Ranch, Central Valley and Lathrop.

The Hawks compiled a 1-13 record and finished in eighth place at the VOL tournament last season.

Central Valley has accumulated just five conference wins during its five-year history.

"Weston Ranch and Lathrop will be teams we can compete with," Holliday said.

The Hawks will join the Western Athletic Conference in 2010-11.

"We have some good freshmen coming in next year," Holliday said. "I hope we can turn the corner."