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Bulldogs first in conference play
•CHS boys, girls claim WAC South Division championships
Andrea Contreras
Andrea Contreras and Ceres High’s girls water polo team won seven of eight matches en route to a first-place finish in the WAC South standings. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s boys and girls water polo teams finished atop the Western Athletic Conference South Division standings this season.

“I’m proud of them,” head coach Stephen Dias said. “They played like a machine all season long. It was simply amazing. They were a fun team to coach.”

Ceres High’s girls team claimed the WAC title outright with a 14-9 victory at Los Banos on May 18.

The Bulldogs and Tigers compiled 7-1 and 6-2 records, respectively.

Ceres High (7-1) finished ahead of Los Banos, Johansen (2-5-1) and Pacheco (0-7-1).

“The girls are excited,” Dias said.

Ceres High won two of three matches against Los Banos.

The Bulldogs posted a 14-9 win over the Tigers during the third meeting.

Ceres High spoiled Los Banos’ Senior Night.

Elise Cannella led the Bulldogs in scoring with five goals.

Andrea Contreras and Allison McAdams both had four goals. 

Katie Hensley had one goal.

“They went in knowing it was going to be a hard game,” Dias said. “They played off each other really well.”

The Bulldogs will lose six players starters to graduation, including McAdams, Hensley, Angelique Huerta-Alvarado, Makayla Estermann, Ally Feld and Jasmine Suarez.

Ceres High’s boys team also won the WAC title outright.

The Bulldogs amassed a 6-1 record.

Ceres High finished ahead of Los Banos (4-3-1), Johansen (4-4) and Pacheco (0-6-1).

“All the guys stepped up this year,” Dias said. “They did a fantastic job. They had a really good bond. They’d go out to dinner together.”

Ceres High won two of three matches versus Los Banos.

The Bulldogs dropped their season finale, 12-9, to the host Tigers on May 18.

Brian Ayala, Cruz Fee and Nick Campbell led Ceres High in scoring with three goals apiece.

“I take a little bit of the blame,” Dias said. “I got a little complacent. I should have pushed them a little harder.”

Ceres High will lose six players to graduation, including Ayala, Fee, Ryan Baranski, Kenny Arroyo, Nathan Peython and Jason Cyphers.

Jeremy Kier and Brian Ayala
Jeremy Kier and Brian Ayala helped lead Ceres High’s boys water polo team to the WAC South crown this year.