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Ceres High School's varsity girls golf program made history in 2010.

The Bulldogs secured their first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and finished in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings (7-5) under first-year head coach Randy Cerny's guidance.

"It was a lot of fun to be a part of that," he said.

Ceres High has high hopes for the upcoming season.

"We're expecting to do just as well this year," Cerny said. "We want to return to the playoffs."

Tryouts were held at River Oaks Golf Course.

The Bulldogs' lineup will feature third-year player Arleen Xayasone (Sr.) and newcomers Jessica Ellsworth (Sr.), Jasmine Perez (Sr.), Caitlin Pfaff (Fr.), Erica Hogner (Fr.), McKinsey Ward (Fr.) and Martina Smith (Fr.)

Xayasone finished in the top 5 in the WAC individual standings in 2010. She earned all-league honors.

"I'm expecting a lot from her this year," Cerny said. "I'm holding her up to a higher standard."

Ellsworth played volleyball last fall. She also suited up for Ceres High's girls basketball and softball teams a year ago.

"She's a great athlete," Cerny said.

Pfaff and Hogner both play golf year round.

Ward splits time between softball and golf.

"I didn't know about the three freshmen until I saw them out on the course," Cerny said. "They drive the ball farther than me. I'm totally jazzed about this."

Perez will be Ceres High's No. 6 player.

The Bulldogs will compete against Central Valley, Central Catholic, Livingston, Patterson, Los Banos and Pacheco during WAC play.

Central Catholic placed first with a perfect 12-0 mark this past season.

Livingston (10-2) finished ahead of Ceres High.

Central Valley and Patterson tied for fourth with identical 5-7 records.

Los Banos (3-9) and Pacheco (0-12) took fifth and sixth, respectively.

Central Valley, which upset crosstown-rival Ceres High 171-178 in WAC play a season ago, boasts a mix of experience and youth this year.

"I expect us to be a lot more competitive," head coach Kelly Wheelock said. "It should be fun."

Lizette Ayala (So.), Martina Bernal (Jr.), Wynter Bratenas (Jr.), Jocelyn Camarillo (Jr.) and Claudia Diaz (Sr.) are returners.

Coralyn Brown (Jr.), Sirena Catalano (So.), Marlen Diaz (So.), Megan Hunter (Sr.) and Sarah McKee (Sr.) are new to the team.

"It's nice having numbers this year," Wheelock said. "We only had five girls last year."

Ayala, Claudia Diaz and Bernal qualified for section playoffs in 2010.

Camarillo just missed advancing to Divisionals.

"They're pretty similar in ability," Wheelock said.

Central Valley and Ceres High play their home matches at St. Stanislaus and River Oaks, respectively.

Bulldog players will pull and push around golf clubs in brand-new, three-wheel carts that were purchased by the Arrowhead Club.

Cerny ordered Nike uniforms for his six players on Aug. 19.

"I want our girls to look good," Cerny said.

Ceres High and Central Valley had reason to celebrate after reaching record heights in 2010.

Ceres High, which didn't field a team in 2008 and 2007 due to a lack of interest, qualified for the postseason.

Central Valley rebounded after compiling a 1-13 record in 2009.

"They really surprised me," Cerny said while talking about his team's stellar performance. "I had a blast."

Added Wheelock: "We always have the same goal, which is to send as many of our girls to playoffs."