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Rain forces multiple schedule changes
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Ceres High and Central Valley spring sports teams postponed and rescheduled games this past week due to wet weather.

Unable to play on their soaked home field, the Hawks' varsity softball team moved Tuesday's meeting with Ceres High across town.

Ryan Norton nearly hit for the cycle while leading the Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory. The senior centerfielder tripled, doubled and singled.

Ceres High played host to Patterson and Central Valley traveled to Central Catholic for varsity boys tennis matches on March 21.

Both matches were stopped at the one-hour mark.

The Bulldogs faced a 3-2 deficit.

"It started with a couple of sprinkles," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said. "Within five minutes, it was raining pretty steady. The courts were unplayable."

Central Valley trailed 4-0.

"We didn't end up finishing because of the rain," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "The kids were pretty disappointed."

Ceres High varsity boys golf leader Scott Smith received a phone call from Livingston's head coach during lunchtime on Thursday. The two teams were scheduled to play at Rancho Del Rey.

"The course was closed because it was unplayable," Smith said. "The weather's been horrible. We didn't get to practice all week except for Monday."

Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity track and field teams were supposed to face off at Bulldog Stadium last Thursday.

The competition was rescheduled for April 14 because parts of Ceres High's track were flooded.

For the second straight week, Central Valley did not compete.

Livingston canceled its dual with the Hawks on March 17.

"To go this long without a meet, makes it tough to keep the kids' interest," Hawks head coach Mike Reynolds said. "They're itching to get out there and compete. Who wants to practice all the time? Eventually, you're going to get tired of it. We've had wet seasons before but we've only had to reschedule one or two meets the last six years. Every sport has to deal with it except swimming."

Central Valley will battle Los Banos this Thursday in Ceres.

The meet could be rescheduled.

"The track is like a mud pit," Reynolds said. "You step in there and sink. We still have to mark it. It has to be dry to do that."

Central Valley's varsity baseball team played at Central Catholic on Monday. The WAC contest was moved from Ceres to Modesto.

"Our field is completely under water from center field to second base," Hawks head coach Greg Magni said. "They're trying to pump it but it takes a long time."