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Striving for Excellence
Anthony Bonales built quite a resume while competing on the Junior Golf Association of Northern California circuit the past two years.

He won eight titles and placed at multiple events.

Bonales should have a stellar first season with Central Valley High School's varsity boys golf team this spring.

"Having someone at that caliber as a freshman is pretty rare," Hawks head coach Mike Holliday said. "A lot of it has to do with his work ethic. He's driven to do really well. I've already talked with the Stanford coach about him."

Anthony practices five days a week.

He works just as hard in the classroom.

Bonales shared valedictorian honors after posting a cumulative GPA of 4.0 at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

"He's a really focused kid," Holliday said. "He's very intelligent."

Bonales will try to lead Central Valley to its first non-losing season in school history.

"We're going to have to win all of our home matches to have a chance," Holliday said.

Anthony will team up with returner Robert Lerma (Jr.), and newcomers Alex Alvarez (Sr.), Aaron Del Campo (Sr.), Billy Drybread (Sr.), Greg Mathews (Sr.), Ryan Sandner (Sr.), Heath Sousa (Sr.), Favian Guzman (Jr.), David Holland (So.), Juan Larios (So.), Ignacio Tinoco (So.), Jacob Craig (Fr.) and Tranjit Singh (Fr.).

Central Valley fired a 220 in its first match of the 2011 season at River Oaks.

The Hawks trimmed 72 strokes off last season's opening score.

"That makes me optimistic," Holliday said.

Central Valley will be vying for a top-three finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings, along with Central Catholic and crosstown-rival Ceres High.

The Hawks compiled a 2-14 record in the Valley Oak League last season. The Bulldogs went 6-10.

Six players start and the top five scores count for each team during league matches.

"Most of the other schools are aware of him (Bonales) already," Holliday said. "It (our success) is going to depend on how fast the other guys develop."

"We should finish in the top three," Bulldogs head coach Scott Smith said. "It's going to come down to us two (Ceres High and Central Valley) and Central Catholic."

Ian Couture, Ceres High's top player, participated at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships as a freshman.

"He should be one of the best players in the area,"Smith said. "He should qualify again. I'm hoping our entire team advances this year."

Other returning Bulldog players are David Brazil (Sr.), Tyler Story (Sr.), Vince Tomao (Sr.), Trevor Hunt (Jr.) and Blake Hurst (So.).

George Borden (Sr.), Chris Husong (Sr.), Jesse Reveira (Jr.), Wade Kolodzieczak (So.) and Eric Madrigal (So.) are new to the team.

"I'm really enjoying working with this group," Smith said. "They're fun to be around. They're almost like my sons."