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Seahawks football, cheer bring out big numbers
The Ceres Seahawks Youth Football & Cheer Organization has been a model of consistency since its inception in 2007.

"Our product sells itself," President Javier Fregoso said.

The Seahawks attracted 144 football players and 59 cheerleaders, aged 6-14, for their sixth season.

"We had an influx of kids who tried to sign up after the Ceres Raptors folded," Fregoso said.

The Seahawks staged their first practice for the 2012 campaign on July 23 at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

Ceres players and cheerleaders trained for two hours, from 6-8 p.m.

Joe Borba (varsity), Randy Flanagan (junior varsity), Eric Beffa (pee wee) and Jr. Schaefer (rookies) have been tapped to fill head coaching positions.

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

Ceres will battle the Turlock 49ers (Aug. 18), Oakdale Stampede (Aug. 25), Central Valley 49ers (Sept. 8), Buhach Thunder (Sept. 15), Merced Cougars (Sept. 22), Waterford Sabercats (Sept. 29), Turlock Vikings (Oct. 6), Manteca Jaguars (Oct. 13), Manteca Buffaloes (Oct. 20) and Livingston Wolves (Oct. 27).

Varsity, junior varsity, pee wee and rookies compete at 3 p.m., 1 p.m., 11 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively.

The fourth installment of the Ceres City Championship, which pits the Seahawks against the Cowboys, will be staged on Nov. 24 at Ceres High School. The Seahawks won three of the four meetings last season, excluding varsity.

Three of the Seahawks' four teams had memorable 2012 campaigns.

The JV Seahawks compiled an 11-3 record, won the AFC regular season crown and earned the top seed for the Cen-Cal playoffs.

The pee-wee squad finished 13-1, third in postseason play and first in the AFC regular-season standings.

The Seahawks' rookies squad went 8-3 and qualified for the playoffs. Ceres' varsity squad struggled to a 1-10 record.

"There's consistency with our program," Fregoso said. "We got a solid board and coaching staff. Our goal is to be the premier team in Ceres every year."