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CHS boys, girls earn all-conference honors for their contributions in the pool
Ceres High varsity girls water polo star Emily Chapman was selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys water polo standouts Zachary Jones, Terry Brogdon and Sean Carr were selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team in a vote by the league's head coaches on Nov. 12 in Ceres.

"They're the three best players in the league," Bulldogs head coach Tracy Bull said.

Zachary deserved to win a share of the WAC Most Valuable Player award according to Bull.

Jones and Los Banos junior Jared Benitez each received two votes.

Zach was edged out 2-1 in a recount to determine the winner.

"I take my hat off to the kid from Los Banos," Bull said. "He's not as good as Zach. But his team went 8-0. They beat us twice. They voted for the best player on the best team."

Jones collected 54 goals, 37 assists and 31 steals for the second-place Bulldogs (6-2).
Zachary was voted WAC MVP his sophomore year.

"He's the best player in the league, statistically," Bull said. "It's not even close. He's the only kid that was doubled-teamed and fouled so he couldn't shoot because they couldn't stop him. He still got his numbers. I want to see him score 100 goals in league next year."

Brogdon tallied 38 goals, 37 steals and 34 assists during his final season with the Bulldogs.

"He was the second-best player in the league," Bull said.

Carr, a junior, totaled 126 saves and allowed 53 goals in eight games.

Sean was Ceres High's backup goalkeeper his sophomore year.

"He's the best goalie that I've had in three years," Bull said. "He got over that fear of being in the cage."

Bulldog senior Ethan Campbell earned second-team, all-conference honors.

Campbell was Ceres High's top defender.

He also scored eight goals.

"His job was to shut down the hole-set," Bull said.

Emily Chapman and Julia Pata filled key roles on the Bulldogs' varsity girls water polo team during the 2013 season.

Chapman and Pata were recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches earlier this month at Ceres High.

Emily and Julia both earned first-team, all-league honors.

Chapman, a senior, scored 32 goals for the third-place Bulldogs (4-4).

Emily rarely left the pool.

"She played just about every minute of every game," Ceres High head coach Stephen Dias said. "She was a staple to our defense. She was our leading scorer. She got the team focused. She'll be missed."

Pata, a first-year player, led the team in assists (25) and steals. She also had 11 goals.

"For a freshman, that's pretty impressive," Dias said. "She was our fastest swimmer. She played great defense. She was unselfish. She improved tremendously, mainly in her knowledge of the game."

Julia will be counted up heavily the next three years.

"I'm excited about that," Dias said. "She's not a glory hog. She's extremely humble. She wants what's best for the team."