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Ceres places third with 4-1 record
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The Ceres High varsity boys water polo placed third in a field of 16 at the Sierra Foothill Invitational this past weekend.

”They focused and did what they were supposed to do,“ said Ceres coach Sonja Raynes. ”They played up to their potential and learned new things.“

The Bulldogs compiled a 4-1 record.

Ceres edged Rocklin 9-7 for third place on Saturday. Senior Joey Rossi and sophomore Kevin Fliflet both had three goals for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Chris Rossi scored twice. Junior Vitaly Polovin added one goal.

”The sophomores outscored the juniors and seniors in the last game,“ Raynes said.

”They stepped up.“

Ceres lost 14-8 to Woodcreek, the tournament champion, in the semifinals on Saturday. Joey Rossi led the Bulldogs with five goals and two assists. Polovin added two goals and two assists. Max Ottersbach scored once. Goalie Miguel Castillo finished with seven saves.

The Bulldogs accumulated two wins and one tie on Friday.

Ceres posted a 15-4 victory over Rocklin. Joey Rossi had a game-high nine goals. Fliflet tallied four goals. Polovin and Markus Richter both scored once. Chris Rossi added two assists. Castillo blocked eight shots.

The Bulldogs beat Oakmont, 10-9. Joey Rossi scored six times. Polovin had two goals. Ottersbach and Chris Rossi both added one goal. Castillo made six saves.

Ceres and Benicia played to a 6-all tie. Joey Rossi and Polovin contributed four and two goals, respectively. Castillo had five saves.

Beyer never stood a chance once Ceres High got going. The Bulldogs outscored the Patriots 12-4 in the first half and cruised to a 16-8 victory on Thursday at Ceres High School.

Joey Rossi tallied a game-high seven goals for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-2 in the Modesto Metro Conference standings.

Ceres High routed Grace Davis 15-5 on Oct. 4 in Ceres.

Rossi scored three goals. Ottersbach, Polovin, Calou and Fliflet all had two goals. Jonathan Esparza added one goal. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier