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Ceres High teams swept by Sonora
Ceres High's varsity boys water polo team faced constant defensive pressure during its season-opening 12-6 non-conference loss to visiting Sonora on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

"We weren't protecting the ball," said Nick Serratos, the Bulldogs' leading scorer. "It's our first game playing together. By league, we'll be fine.

Serratos led Ceres High with a career-high five goals.

Victor Cruz, a transfer from Central Valley, scored once for the Bulldogs.

"I wish I would have stepped it up more in the beginning," Nick said.

Josh Martin, Christian Personius and Jackson Runte finished with three goals each for the Wildcats.

Devin Kermeen scored twice.

Colton Griffiths contributed one goal.

Ceres High committed turnover after turnover on its way to falling behind 12-2 through three quarters of play. The Bulldogs trailed 7-2 at intermission.

"They came out quick," Serratos said. "I thought it was going to be a lot closer. We need to work on pressure passing."

Nick scored three times in the fourth period, including once on a slap shot. Brodie Waring picked up the assist.

"It was the only way I could get to the ball," said Nick, who tallied two goals after being promoted to varsity for the last two games of the 2008 season. "I didn't have time to pull it down."

Sonora 11, CHS 3

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team also struggled during its season opener.

"We need to work on a lot of stuff, like talking and moving to the ball," Bulldog veteran Courtney Frampton said.

Frampton accounted for two of Ceres High's three goals.

Salleen Narvaez scored once.

Bulldog goalkeeper Allison Ghimenti had two blocks.

Brooke Bates poured in a game-high seven goals for the Wildcats.

Skyler Jensen chipped in with three goals.

Natalie Cosovich added one goal.

Corinna Wedel made one save.

The Bulldogs had no answer for Sonora's balanced offensive attack.

Ceres High faced a 10-2 deficit heading into the final quarter.