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Seahawks' membership continues to increase every year
It started as a dream after the Ceres Falcons disbanded following the 2006 season.

"We just wanted to put together a quality, community-based program," Javier Fregoso said. "I'm just in awe. I think of where we started and how far we've come. We got a good reputation."

The Ceres Seahawks Youth Football & Cheerleading Organization will begin its fifth season this Saturday.

"We have the right people in place," said Fregoso, co-founder and president. "Everybody has a job to do to make the organization successful. It's about bringing families together through the game of football and cheerleading. It's a lot of work."

The Seahawks signed up 147 football players and 70 cheerleaders for the 2011 season.

"We actually had to turn away kids that tried to sign up at the last minute," Fregoso said.

Ceres players and cheerleaders started preparing for the new year last month.

The Seahawks practice Monday through Friday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

Junior Schaefer (varsity), Randy Flanagan (junior varsity), Randy Scacutto ( pee wee) and Loren Davis (rookie) coach the football teams.

Nikki Solorio (varsity), Shawnan Bustamante (junior varsity), Tammy Nester (pee wee) and Jennifer Diaz (rookie) are cheer coaches.

The Seahawks compete in the Cen-Cal Jr. Football League.

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

The Seahawks established a friendly rivalry with the Ceres Cowboys of the Delta Youth Football League in 2009. Ceres City Championship games will be staged at Bulldog Stadium on Nov. 26.

The Seahawks won the JV, pee wee and rookie contests last year.

"We're striving to be the premier organization in Ceres," Fregoso said.

The Seahawks and Thunder play their season-opener this Saturday at Central Valley High School.