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• Blaker-Kinser softball team dominates

The Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School seventh-grade softball team did the unexpected this year by compiling an 8-0 record in league play.

"We were real happy with the outcome," Sharks head coach Joe Mendez said. "We weren't expecting a whole bunch. I was just hoping for a .500 season because we had just four girls who played ball before."

Pitcher Sarah McElroy, catcher Mia Lorenzo, shortstop Nicholette Mendez, and third baseman Leslie Moreno led the way.

McElroy broke a finger midway through the season and continued to pitch. She tallied 79 strikeouts.

"When Sarah was on, teams weren't hitting against her," Mendez said. "She really saved us."

Mendez, Lorenzo and Moreno starred on offense. They filled the No. 3, 4 and 5 slots in Blaker-Kinser's lineup.

Nicholette collected two home runs, two triples, four doubles and five singles.

Mia finished with two homers, two triples, three doubles and four singles.

Leslie had four doubles and five singles.

"They really stepped it up," coach Mendez said.

The Sharks outscored their opponents 64-18 in conference play. Blaker-Kinser beat Mae Hensley, Turlock, Ducher and Hilmar twice.

The Sharks collected 7-1 and 10-1 victories against their crosstown foes.

"Those are the games the kids were looking forward to the most," Joe said. "It's a friendly rivalry. Most of the girls know each other from Ceres Youth Softball."

• Football, Hoops clinics on tap

Central Valley High School's football program will be holding its first-ever footwork and agility clinic this month.

Sessions will be offered from 10-11 a.m. the next four Saturdays.

The clinic is open to high school, junior high and elementary students.

Cost is $25 per person.

For additional information, contact head coach Tim Garcia at 556-1900, ext. 5130 or

Ceres High School will hold its 20th Basketball Camp, June 8-19, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Three sessions will be offered.

The session for ninth through 12th graders will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The session for fourth through eighth graders will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The afternoon session for boys entering grades 8-12 will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $70 for two weeks of instruction or $50 for one.

All participants will receive a Bulldog Basketball Camp T-shirt.

For more information, call 556-1920, ext. 5379. On-site registration will be conducted June 8 and 9 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.