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Dawgs water polo remain in second place
CHS improves to 2-1 in WAC
David Johnson totaled 16 goals in leading Ceres Highs varsity boys water polo team past Los Banos and Livingston in WAC play last week. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads

Ceres High's varsity boys water polo team opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 12-10 loss at Pacheco on Sept. 27.

The Bulldogs beat Los Banos and Livingston by a combined score of 29-16 last week.

"It gives us some momentum," Ceres High head coach Bill Campbell said.

The Bulldogs improved to 7-5 overall and took over sole possession of second place in the WAC standings (2-1).

"The loss to Pacheco surprised us and got us more focused," Campbell said. "We played up to our ability this week."

Caleb Cannella, Ceres High's goalkeeper, totaled 28 saves.

Bulldog teammate David Johnson led the way on offense with 16 goals.

Elliott Lewis added five goals.

Joseph Rodriguez collected four goals.

Sebastian Alvarado tallied three goals.

Cannella had one goal.

"We got a lot of guys that can score goals," Campbell said.

Ceres High edged host Los Banos 13-11 on Oct. 2.

"They played their hearts out," Campbell said.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 7-4 during the second half, including 4-2 in the fourth period.

"I knew if we executed, we'd have an opportunity to win," Campbell said. "They were tough. We wore them down."

Johnson netted a team-high five goals.

Lewis and Rodriguez chipped in with three goals apiece.

Alvarado added two goals.

Cannella totaled 13 blocks.

Ceres High cruised to a 16-5 win over visiting Livingston on Wednesday.

"Everybody did their job," Campbell said.

Johnson converted all of his shot attempts while pouring in a career-high 11 goals.

"That was pretty impressive," Campbell said. "I knew it was a matter of time before he turned it on. He had a lot of good looks at the beginning of the year. The goalie never knows which direction the ball in coming from when he shoots. That's part of his success right now. We're going to continue to rely on him."

Lewis had two goals.

Alvarado, Rodriguez and Cannella contributed one goal each.

Cannella made 15 saves.

Ceres High will host Los Banos (1-2) today at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs had a one-game lead over the Tigers in the WAC standings as of Sunday.

First-place Pacheco had a perfect 3-0 record.

"We can compete with anybody if we play our game," Campbell said.