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WAC recognition for soccer teams
Ozzie Ramos helped lead Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team to a share of the Western Athletic Conference title this year.

Ramos and Hawk teammates Samuel Martinez, Diego Duran, Juan Hernandez, Juan Medrano and Daniel Hernandez were recognized in vote by the conference's coaches earlier this month.

"We worked so hard throughout the season," head coach Omar Leon said.

Ozzie won the WAC Most Valuable Player award.

Former Hawks Daniel Ochoa (WAC, 2011), Gerardo Cazares (WAC, 2010) and Jose Ramirez (VOL, 2009) were voted league MVPs in recent years.

"He's been working so hard for this," Leon said. "He's very passionate about soccer."

Martinez, Duran and Juan Hernandez, and Ceres High's Alfredo Arana and Tomas Rocha were selected to the WAC First Team.

Samuel, a fourth-year varsity player, starred on defense. He had one goal and one assist.

"I'm very happy for him," Leon said. "He was always willing to learn and improve."

Duran, a senior forward who transferred from Riverbank last school year, totaled 13 goals and two assists.

"He (Diego) was one of the players that stood out the most," Leon said. "He was very motivated."

Juan Hernandez, a senior midfielder, had one assist.

Central Valley's Daniel Hernandez and Juan Medrano, and Ceres High's Cristopher Torres earned second-team accolades.

Medrano, a junior midfielder, collected three goals and three assists.

Hernandez, a junior midfielder, finished with two assists.

Central Valley junior striker Omar Orozco failed to earn all-conference honors despite tallying 15 goals and two assists.

"I don't know why it happened," Leon said. "It's not fair. We need to come up with a better way of voting. He was one of the best forwards in the league."

The Hawks compiled a 10-1-1 record in the WAC.

Third-place Ceres High had a 7-4-1 mark.