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CHS water polo earns sweep of Patterson
Bulldogs beat Tigers for the second time
Joseph Rodriguez and Ceres Highs varsity boys water polo team will compete at the McNair Tournament this Friday and Saturday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys water polo team bested first-year Patterson for the second time this season last week.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 overall after posting a 19-4 victory over the Tigers in non-conference play on Wednesday in Ceres.

"We already faced Patterson," Ceres High head coach Bill Campbell said. "We knew what we were going up against. We got some kids in that normally don't start. Overall, we played well."

Ethan Letras poured in a team-high eight goals for the Bulldogs.

Jacob Black and Elliott Lewis both contributed three goals.

Sebastian Alvarado and David Johnson chipped in with two goals apiece.

Caleb Canella added one goal.

Cannella and Lewis made seven and four saves, respectively, while splitting playing time at goalkeeper.

Campbell shuffled his starting lineup for the Ceres High-Patterson match.

The Bulldogs led 7-3 at intermission.

Ceres High outscored Patterson 12-1 in the second half.

"We rely on the breakaway so much," Campbell said while talking about his team's offensive strategy. "If you're one dimensional, other teams key in on that, and it's difficult to score. This match we were focused on setting up plays and sharing the ball."

Ceres High will compete at the McNair Tournament this week.

The Bulldogs will play West and Stagg on Friday and Calaveras on Saturday.

"League is right around the corner," Campbell said. "We want to execute our game plans and win. That's the goal. We want to have a good showing."

Dawgs top Tigers again
Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team defeated newcomer Patterson 14-4 in non-conference play on Sept. 6.

The Bulldogs won the rematch, 18-2, last Wednesday in Ceres.

"There's been a considerable amount of improvement," Ceres High head coach Stephen Dias said. "The scrimmages have helped them out as far as their focus. We got two weeks off before league starts. We'll do a lot of conditioning and drills at practice."

Camryn Silva led the Bulldogs in scoring with seven goals.

Kassandra Armas added four goals.

Camryn Elness and Gisele Garcia both had two goals.

Noelia De Leon, Adriana Lopez and Savannah Zielke finished with one goal apiece.

The Bulldogs (3-2) never trailed as they outscored the Tigers 11-0 in the first quarter.

Ceres High tallied the majority of its goals off fastbreaks.

"We slowed it down after the first quarter," Dias said. "We rotated everybody around in the third and fourth quarters. The girls got a lot of playing time."

Elness, Ceres High's goalkeeper, scored twice while playing in the field in the fourth quarter.

"She's just an amazing kid," Dias said.