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Xayasone plays a major role in Ceres High's turnaround
Arleen Xayasone accomplished all of her goals while starring on Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team for the past three years.

Xayasone qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs twice, improved in league each season and led the Bulldogs to program-best heights.

"Overall, I thought I did pretty well," said Arleen, who will graduate from Ceres High this June. "I met my expectations. I'm very happy."

Xayasone fired a 93 while capturing a sixth-place medal at the 2011 Division IV tournament on Oct. 24 at Lockeford Springs Golf Course in Lodi.

She finished second behind Central Catholic senior Joanna Nguyen in the Western Athletic Conference individual standings.

Xayasone defeated Nguyen at the WAC mid-year and end-of-season tournaments. Arleen also won by tiebreaker over Joanna at Divisionals.

"She motivated me to stay focused," said Xayasone, a first-team, all-WAC selection.

Arleen also guided Ceres High to a runner-up finish in conference play this year. The Bulldogs won 10 of their 12 matches.

Xayasone propelled Ceres High to its first-ever playoff appearance as a junior. The Bulldogs were third in the WAC (7-5). Ceres High didn't field golf teams in 2008 and 2007 due to a lack of interest.

Arleen placed fifth in league and shot a 115 at Divisionals in 2010. She was named to the WAC First Team.

Xayasone was Ceres High's top individual player her sophomore year. The Bulldogs won just twice in Valley Oak League play.

"I don't know of a girls golfer in the past at Ceres High that did as well as she did," Bulldogs head coach Randy Cerny said. "We've never had a medalist. Arleen improved dramatically. I'm very proud of her."

Xayasone had limited playing experience prior to joining Ceres High's girls golf team in 2009.

She started taking private lessons at the end of last year.

She constantly worked on her putting, chipping and driving.

She spent a considerable amount of time at Stevinson Ranch and Diablo Grande golf clubs.

"I stayed after practice and I played golf with my dad on the weekends," Arleen said. "It improved my game. I thought I was an average golfer. I never thought I'd win a medal. It's an honor."

Xayasone formed a tight bond with her 2011 Bulldog teammates: Caitlin Pfaff, Erica Hogner, Kinsey Ward, Martina Smith, Jessica Ellsworth and Jasmine Perez.

Ceres High experienced unprecedented team success.

"I'm very happy with how we played," Xayasone said. "We got better. We met all of our goals. It was a great experience."

Pfaff garnered first-team, all-league honors. The freshman standout placed third in the conference's individual standings.