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Ceres High boys water polo team face tough opponent
Ceres High School's varsity boys water polo program made history this year by qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time since 2005.

The Bulldogs' memorable season came to an end on Friday, Nov. 5.

Ceres High, the Valley Foothill Conference's No. 3 seed, lost 26-12 to Sierra Foothill League champion Granite Bay in the first round of the Division II tournament at Woodcreek High School.

"I don't think we could have done anything different," Bulldogs head coach Tim Reyes said. "They're a very good team. They're really fast and strong. They have more experience. Their guys play year-round. My guys did the best they could."

Ceres High senior Nick Serratos had a team-high 10 goals against Granite Bay, which has won three section titles the past four years.

Bulldog teammate Victor Cruz scored twice.

Cruz's backhand shot from hole-set gave Ceres High a 1-0 lead in the opening minute.

Granite Bay scored five straight goals and dominated the rest of the way.

"We got some confidence in the beginning," Nick said. "Then they took it to us. We couldn't have done much else. They were just faster and stronger."

Serratos enjoyed the experience despite the result.

"There was an announcer and a lot of people in the stands," he said. "It was a different level of playing up there."

Nick had a memorable career with the Bulldogs.

He broke Joey Rossi's school records.

Serratos totaled 318 goals, including 178 this year.

"It's pretty amazing," Nick said. "I watched Joey play when I was in junior high."