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A busy week for Ceres High boys, girls teams
Dawgs play six matches in a span of five days
Gisele Garcia and Ceres Highs varsity girls water polo team defeated Patterson 14-3 in non-conference play last Wednesday in Ceres. Garcia scored twice. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team competed six times in five days this past week.

"My girls are absolutely beat," head coach Stephen Dias said. "We had a light workout on Friday. I'm going to give them Monday off."

The Bulldogs played against Los Banos, Livingston and Pacheco during Saturday's Western Athletic Conference Jamboree in Los Banos.

"The goal was to see what the other teams looked like," Dias said. "I played all of my kids. I rotated everybody every few minutes. Our team worked really well together."

Host Ceres High topped Patterson's first-year team 14-3 on Wednesday.

Camryn Silva and Savannah Zielke led the Bulldogs in scoring with three goals each.

Gisele Garcia, Noelia De Leon and Emily Campidonica all chipped in with two goals apiece.

Kassandra Armas had one goal.

Goalkeeper Camryn Elness scored once and totaled 11 saves.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the opening 30 seconds and never looked back in beating the Tigers.

Ceres High jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first period. Elness tallied a goal from the middle of the pool with one second to play.

"I don't want to sound pretentious, but there was no fear with that game," Dias said. "That's a first-year program. We didn't run up the score."

Ceres High lost 14-7 at Downey on Thursday and 14-4 to the visiting Knights on Sept. 5.

Elness totaled 18 saves.

Silva collected four goals.

Zielke added three goals.

Garcia had two goals.

Campidonica and Armas both had one goal.

"Downey was pretty ornery in the pool," Dias said. "There was a lot of grabbing. Typical water polo stuff. But a little more aggressive than normal."

Ceres High's varsity boys water polo team had an exhausting week.

The Bulldogs played six preseason matches in five days.

"They were bruised, beat up and sore," head coach Bill Campbell said. "They were worn out by Saturday."

Ceres High competed against Los Banos, Livingston and Pacheco at the WAC Jamboree on Saturday in Los Banos.

"We just wanted to get a feel for what the league is going to look like this year," Campbell said.

Host Ceres High competed against Patterson's first-year program on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 10-1 in the first half and coasted to a 12-2 victory.

Sebastian Alvarado poured in a team-high four goals.

David Johnson chipped in with two goals.

Brian Ayala, Joseph Rodriguez, Ethan Letras, Daniel McElwain, Elliott Lewis and Marcus Martinez all contributed one goal.

Caleb Canella made seven saves at goalkeeper.

"We used it like a practice," Campbell said. "We just wanted to get some work in. Everybody got reps."

Ceres High lost 19-0 at Downey on Thursday and 14-6 to the visiting Knights on Sept. 5.

Johnson tallied a team-high two goals during the first meeting between the two teams.

Alvarado, Rodriguez, Letras and Lewis all scored once.

Cannella totaled 24 blocks.

Cannella had 29 saves during the second contest.

The Bulldogs fell behind 11-0 in the opening half.

"We just didn't execute well," Campbell said. "They have a good team. They're very aggressive and rough. They beat us up pretty good."