Gong helps Turlock edge Merced for CCC golf title

Bears' Castillo finishes 2nd at Rancho Del Rey

Sun-Star staff reportsOctober 16, 2012 

— The Turlock girls golf team kept their stranglehold on the Central California Conference title.

Hannah Gong won the individual conference championship with a round of 80 and the Bulldogs wrapped up the team championship with a score of 439 to win the Central California Conference Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Rancho Del Rey Golf Course.

Merced finished second with a score of 466.

The Bears came into the tournament needing to finish one spot higher than Turlock to earn a share of the title.

“They’re tough to beat,” Merced coach Scott Winton said. “We had to have five girls really play their best. That’s tough to do in golf, to have five or six players have their career days at the same time. It’s tough to compete with Turlock’s depth.”

Turlock players recorded five of the top eight scores on Tuesday.

Merced senior Serina Castillo seems to be getting hot at the right time again. Castillo posted the second lowest score of the tournament with a round of 85. Castillo was challenging Gong for the individual title before shooting six-over on holes 16 and 17.

Castillo was able to bounce back and record a par on 18.

“She’s peaking at the right time,” Winton said. “She did the same thing last year. I think her last three rounds last year are 85, 83 and 82.”

Turlock’s Kelsi Valenzuela’ 87 was good for third place. Pitman’s Taylor Beckwith (88) and Buhach Colony’s Heather Parker (89) rounded out the top five. Marissa Castillo (91) and Netanya Hernandez (94) helped the Bears finish in second place.

Both Turlock and Merced will advance to next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 North Tournament in Lodi at Lockford Springs.

The two teams will be joined by the top six players from the other four teams. Those players will be determined at tonight’s all-league meeting.

WATER POLO

Merced 10, Pitman 1

Alison Miller scored six goals as the Bears (8-0) clinched at least a share of the Central California Conference championship and the conference's top seed for the playoffs.

Buhach Colony 14, Golden Valley 8

ATWATER -- Paloma Salazar scored six goals as the Thunder defeated the Cougars. Golden Valley was led by Dani Deile's three scores.

BOYS

WATER POLO

Merced 15, Pitman 6

Isaac Santana helped the Bears (8-0) clinch at least a share of the CCC championship and the league's top seed for the playoffs with four goals and two assists.

Patrick Roberts and Matt Cagle added three goals each for Merced (18-2 overall).

Golden Valley 11, Buhach Colony 6

ATWATER -- Connor Hoppe and Patrick Koenig each scored three goals as the Cougars improved to 4-4 in the CCC.

Hoppe added five steals and Dante Pecchinino turned away nine shots in goal.

Atwater 15, Turlock 8

TURLOCK -- Josh Heller scored five goals as the Falcons defeated the Bulldogs.

Justin Cowan and Hans Van Warmerdam each chipped in with three goals for Atwater (6-2 CCC, 15-7 overall).

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