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CHS boys water polo team claims WAC crown, advances to playoffs
Ceres High School's varsity boys water polo team made history this past week.

The Bulldogs won the Western Athletic Conference title outright with a 14-8 road win over last-place Livingston on Wednesday.

Head coach Tracy Bull and his Ceres High players didn't show much emotion after the game.

"It was anti-climatic," Bull said. "We were supposed to win. We'll celebrate later on."

The Bulldogs (7-1) finished ahead of Pacheco (5-3) and Los Banos (5-3).

Ceres High captured its last league title eight years ago when it placed first in the Modesto Metro Conference.

The Bulldogs return to the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason tournament following a one-year hiatus.

"The ultimate goal was to make the playoffs and win league," Bull said. "We did that. Anything else is icing on the cake."

Bulldog sophomore Zachary Jones scored a game-high seven goals against Livingston.

Terry Brodgon and Mario Gonzalez both tallied three goals.

Erik Weststeyn added one goal.

Sean Carr and Dylan Browning had 12 and two saves, respectively, while splitting playing time at goalkeeper.

"We were never in danger of losing," said Bull, whose team led 9-1 at halftime. "We could have beat them by 15 goals but what does that prove."

Ceres High compiled a perfect 4-0 record during the second half of the WAC season.

The Bulldogs dominated Livingston, Los Banos and Pacheco.

"We sent a message," Bull said. "We're the best team in league. We plan on winning it again. We want to go unbeaten next year."

Ceres High will travel to Roseville's Woodcreek High School this Thursday for its opening-round game in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II playoffs.

"We haven't played great away from home," Bull said. "No matter what happens, you can't take that league title away. Everybody has come by the pool and congratulated us. This means something to the school."

Dawgs crush Wolves

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team closed out the WAC season with a 19-3 victory at Livingston on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs placed second in league (6-2) and secured their first-ever playoff berth.

Haley Fisicaro poured in a season-high nine goals against winless Livingston (0-8).

Samantha Le and Jordan Pata contributed six and three goals, respectively.

Raquel Flud scored once.

Goalkeeper Kyndal Chapman had 12 saves.