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l iving here SPORTSJuan VillaMembers of the Central Valley Christian team celebrate after their victory over Mission Prep during the Central SectionDivision V boys championship game at Selland Arena in Fresno. Johanna CoyneRedwood's Gabrielle Gatewood makes areturn against San Joaquin Memorial in aDivision II semifinal girls tennis match. Johanna CoyneRedwood's Dillon Root moves the ball in aWest Yosemite League football game withGolden West at Groppetti Automotive VisaliaCommunity Stadium. Johanna CoyneMt. Whitney's Ben Bowen tries to evadeTulare Western in a nonleague football game. Ron HolmanEl Diamante High School quarterback Josh Lorentzen looks to pass againstHanford in NovemberJohanna CoyneTulare Union's Taylor Jordan, left, and Tulare Western'sEligio Morales were named the 2008- 09 Tulare Countyboys and girls soccer players of the year. 50| May 21, 2009| LIVING HERE

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