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Bulldogs earn invitations to all-star water polo event
Games on tap for this Saturday at Turlock High
The Bulldogs will bring back several key players next year, including Bobby Baranski. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's Zachary Jones, Sean Carr and Erik Weststeyn have been selected to play in the Turlock Bulldogs Aquatics Boosters North/South Seniors All-Star Water Polo Event on Saturday at Turlock High School.

"Last year, we had over 100 players," said Kurt Groteguth, TBAB vice president. "We decided to invite additional schools like Ceres this year. We want to let the kids play one more game. It's a fun way to end their careers."

Jones and Carr both earned invitations to suit up for the North squad in the A-team all-star contest, which will get underway at 5 p.m.

The North team features all-league players from the Western Athletic Conference, Valley Oak League and Modesto Metro Conference. They'll play against talent from the Central California Conference.

Jones was voted Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player two out of the last three years (2014, 2012).

Zachary ranks third on Ceres High's all-time scoring list.

He totaled 248 goals in 48 career games.

Jones' playing status is uncertain. His father died in a car accident on Albers Road in Modesto earlier this month.

"I sent him a very passionate text," Ceres High head coach Tracy Bull said. "My mom passed away 26 years ago. I shared that with him. I'd be surprised if he played. If he decides to play, he'll do well. He's strong, fast and left-handed. You put him on any team, he'll make the team better."

Bull has coached Jones for over a decade.

"I've known him since he was five," Bull said. "I've coached him since he was eight. I love him like a son. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better human being. There's not a mean bone in his body. He's a really compassionate person. He cares a lot about people. He's certainly one of the greatest athletes I've coached in any sport."

Carr was selected to the WAC First Team.

The third-year goalkeeper totaled 109 saves in eight league games.

"I think he'll do fine," Bull said. "He's one of the better goalies in the area," Bull said. "He's a hyper guy. He likes the ball thrown at him. He's got no fear at all back there."

Weststeyn, a hole-set defender, earned an invitation to compete in the B-division all-star game, which will begin at 3 p.m.

Erik earned second-team all-conference honors.

Nick Serratos, a 2011 Ceres High graduate, will be co-head coach for the South team in the B-division all-star affair.

Turlock High's boys squad ended a two-year playoff drought during Serratos' first year at the helm. Turlock compiled an 18-10 overall record and finished second in the CCC (7-3).

Serratos broke Ceres High's career and single-season scoring records.

The all-star event will be staged at the Steve Fever Aquatic Center. Senior talent will be on display.

"I sent out invitations to junior college and college coaches," Groteguth said. "We want to bring some recognition to our local water polo players. It's a way to say thanks to the kids."