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Positive results
Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team had a full slate of games this summer.

The Hawks played in the Modesto Junior College league and several tournaments.

"The good thing was we were winning," head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We established ourselves. We got better."

Central Valley's roster featured Eva Noorzai, Diana Carmona, Myra Naranjo, Valerie Olide, Vivien Fermil, Anicia Camarillo, Melinda Camarillo, Geena Wade, Amanda Wheeler, Catrina Castillo and Mia Lorenzo.

"They all played a lot of minutes," Padilla said.

Carmona (point guard) and Noorzai (forward) led by example.

"They've been working on their game, lifting and running since the end of last season," Padilla said. "They're hungry."

Lorenzo (guard) was promoted from JV.

"She made a good impact," Padilla said.

Central Valley won all three of its games at Modesto Magic Summer Play Day on June 19.

The Hawks compiled a 2-6 record at the June 25-27 Chico State Team Camp.

Central Valley wrapped up MJC summer league play on July 8 at Ripon High School.

In a two-hour span, the Hawks beat Modesto High (43-36) before losing to West (44-21) and Linden (42-38).

"We need to improve our conditioning and running the floor better," Padilla said.

Central Valley will compete in the revamped Western Athletic Conference during the 2010-11 school year. The Hawks were members of the Valley Oak League from 2006-10.

"I love the move," Padilla said. "We finally get to play schools that have the same size for enrollment. It puts us on a level playing field. I know we won't get blown out anymore."

Central Valley will be vying for its first league title and playoff berth in program history.

"That's the plan," Padilla said. "We'll see what happens."