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Preparation begins
Ceres' four youth football and cheer organizations completed conditioning drills at their respective practice locations two weeks ago in preparation for the 2010 season.

Ceres Cowboys

More than 240 boys and girls, aged 6 to 14, will play football and cheer for the Cowboys, who have been in existence for more than 30 years.

For the second year in a row, Ceres offered free registration for 40 first-time participants.

"This gives them a chance to be a part of the program and see if they like it," President Madeline Patterson said. "We're re-investing in the organization."

The Cowboys practice Monday through Friday, from 6-8 p.m., at Mae Hensley Jr. High School.

Ceres competes in the Delta Youth Football League.

The Cowboys will battle the North West Trojans, East Stockton Yellowjackets, Tracy Raiders, Modesto-Empire Vikings, Modesto Titans, Manteca Chargers, Tracy Cougars, Lathrop Jr. Spartans, Modesto 49ers, Dublin Falcons and Delta Rebels.

Shane Trousdale (varsity), John Thompson (junior varsity), Ricky Valenzuela (junior novice) and Jim Patterson (novice) are the Cowboys' head football coaches.

Ceres Seahawks

The Ceres Seahawks attracted a program-record 158 football players and 62 cheerleaders, aged 7-14.

"Our numbers are up," said Javier Fregoso, president of the fourth-year organization. "I'm not surprised. Our reputation follows us. People believe and trust the program."

Practices are held at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

The Seahawks are members of the Cen-Cal Jr. Football League.

Ceres will face the Los Banos Wildcats, Waterford Sabercats, Merced Cougars, Turlock 49ers, Manteca Jaguars, Oakdale Stampede, Buhach Colony Thunder, Turlock Vikings, Livingston Wolves and Modesto Broncos.

Joe Borba (varsity), Randy Flanagan (junior varsity), Randy Scacutto (pee wee) and Loren Davis (rookies) will direct the football teams.

Ceres Saints

The Ceres Saints registered 66 football players and 17 cheerleaders.

Members for the fourth-year organization range in age from 5 to 15. They practice at Argus High School.

"Everything's been going great," President Russ Alcorn said. "We're excited. It's a new atmosphere."

Ceres will play against the Delta Valley Wolfpack, Pittsburg Pirates, Delta Rebels North, Tokay Jr. Tigers, Galt Jr. Warriors, Weston Ranch Ravens, Liberty Ranch Jr. Hawks, Tracy Buccaneers and Delta Patriots East.

All 10 teams belong to the Delta Youth Sports Association.

The Saints' football squads will be coached by Robert Castillo (varsity), Alex Vargas (junior varsity), Santos Perez (rookies) and Anthony Estrada (starts).

Ceres Raptors

The Ceres Raptors have more than 100 members, aged 5-15, including 82 football players and 21 cheerleaders.

Practices are conducted at Roeding Heights Park.

"Everyone's working together," President Michele Patterson said. "I have no complaints. We're looking to have a fun year."

Ceres' National Youth Football League schedule includes games against the Modesto Jets, Modesto Raiders, Patterson Redskins, Fremont Huskies, Central Valley Trojans, Central Valley Panthers, Lodi Colts, Central Valley 49ers and Manteca Cowboys,

Tom Vasquez (varsity), Spencer Sumter (junior varsity), Anthony Apostal (rookies) and Jesus Montes (starts) will handle head coaching duties.