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CHS boys drop to fourth in standings
• Bulldogs secure split against conference foes
Elliott Lewis
Elliott Lewis scored 17 goals during the Ceres High varsity boys water polo team’s two Western Athletic Conference matches last week. - photo by Dale Butler

Grace Davis’ varsity boys water polo team leapfrogged Ceres High in the Western Athletic Conference standings last week.

The Bulldogs dropped to fourth place in the WAC after losing 8-7 to the Spartans on Thursday in Ceres.

“It was back and forth the whole game,” coach Bill Campbell said. “It was very competitive. We just fell a little short.”

Ceres High (4-4) and Grace Davis (5-3) will face off again the final day of the WAC season on Oct. 23.

The outcome could decide which team secures the conference’s third and final postseason spot.

“We just got to play our game. We have to execute the little things.”
Coach Bill Campbell

“We have to keep winning and beat Davis by more than one goal to edge them out for a playoff berth,” Campbell said. “We just got to play our game. We have to execute the little things.”

Freshman goalkeeper Jeremy Kier had 19 blocks during the Bulldogs’ loss to the Spartans.

Elliott Lewis scored all seven of Ceres High’s goals.

First-year Mountain House challenged Ceres High in the first quarter before suffering a 16-6 loss on Sept. 25.

Lewis led the Bulldogs in scoring with a season-high 10 goals.

Kenneth Arroyo, Ryan Baranski and Nathaniel Pethyon all contributed two goals.

Kier totaled 13 saves.

“Everybody got to play,” Campbell said. 

Ceres High and Mountain House battled to a 3-3 tie in the first period.

“We started really slow but it was pretty one-sided towards the end,” Campbell said. “We tightened up our defense.”