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CHS boys, girls earn split in MMC play
Ceres High School's varsity girls water polo program used improved communication and offense to defeat Beyer 10-7 on Thursday in Modesto.

"They were talking a lot more," head coach Lesley Willems said. "They were putting the ball in the cage. They were helping each other all the way around."

The win helped the Bulldogs move into a tie for fourth place with the Patriots in the Modesto Metro Conference standings at 3-3.

Courtney Frampton led Ceres High in scoring with seven goals. Priscilla Acosta scored twice. Mariah Martin added one goal.

Bulldog goalkeeper Allison Ghimenti tallied 10 blocks.

"She stepped up," Willems said.

Modesto 18, CHS 10

The Bulldogs faded in the second half of their 18-10 loss to the Panthers on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Modesto High School.

Ghimenti had 12 saves.

Frampton collected six goals.

Martin chipped in with two goals.

Courtney Craig and Kayla Gilmore both scored once.

Boys results

The Ceres High varsity boys water polo team's defense was the deciding factor in Thursday's 11-5 victory at Beyer.

The Bulldogs shut out the Patriots 7-0 during the second half of the Modesto Metro Conference showdown.

"That's how we should have played from the beginning," said Ceres High head coach Tim Reyes, whose team trailed 5-4 at the break.

Nick Serratos, Raul Massie and Christian Moore shared the scoring load with three goals each for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-4 in the MMC standings. Ceres High teammates Victor Cruz and Stephen Jones both contributed one goal.

Beyer dropped to 2-4 in conference play.

"We expected to win," Reyes said.

Two days earlier, the Bulldogs suffered a heart-breaking 11-10 loss at Modesto High.

The Panthers overcame a five-goal deficit after Moore, Ceres High's hole guard, got ejected in the second half for collecting his third kickout.

"We would have been able to keep our lead if he was in there," Reyes said.

Modesto High scored the eventual winning goal with 45 seconds left in regulation.