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Successful golf campaign for CHS, CV girls
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Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity girls golf teams both made history this year.

The Bulldogs placed third in the Western Athletic Conference and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time in program history.

Ceres High didn't field golf teams in 2008 and 2007 due to a lack of interest.

"We're really happy," second-year player Arleen Xayasone said. "It's like a dream."

"It's really something special," said Randy Cerny, first-year head coach of the Bulldogs. "Two years ago, we didn't even have a girls golf team."

Xayasone has been Ceres High's most consistent player this year.

She earned all-league honors.

"I'm surprised," Arleen said. "I didn't think I'd make it. There's really good players in the WAC."

Newcomers Robin White, Brittany Valadez and Kelli Ahart have developed into solid players.

"Those three girls have improved dramatically from the start of the season until now," Cerny said.

Ceres High (480) finished behind Central Catholic (410) and Livingston (463) at the conference tournament, held Oct. 20 at Stevinson Ranch. The Bulldogs also placed third (7-5) during the WAC regular season. Ceres High compiled a 3-11 record in the Valley Oak League last year.

Xayasone fired a team-best 107 at the league championships.

White, Valadez and Ahart shot 116, 128 and 129, respectively.

"We've worked really hard," Arleen said. "We've had a lot of fun."

"It's been a great experience," Cerny said while talking about his team's remarkable turnaround. "We've got a lot of support from River Oaks Golf Course. Greg Silva, the pro out there, helps us every Wednesday, He hasn't charged. Manager Michael Phipps has been tremendously supportive."

Ceres High didn't have a head coach before the start of the 2010 season. Randy volunteered after being contacted by Bulldog Athletic Director Glenn Driskell.

"If it wasn't for Cerny, we wouldn't have a team," Xayasone said. "He's the best. He makes you confident in what you do."

Central Valley sent three of its golfers to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament, including Lizette Martinez, Claudia Diaz and Martina Bernal.

Martinez, Diaz and Bernal were awarded individual berths after leading the Hawks to a fifth-place finish (509) at the WAC championships.

Lizette and Claudia had identical scores of 125.

Martina shot a 126.

Jocelyn Camarillo (133) just missed qualifying for Divisionals.