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Jones, teammates made a difference in water polo
CHS senior star wins MVP award
Bulldog senior goalie Sean Carr was selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team. Carr totaled 109 blocks. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High senior boys water polo star Zachary Jones was named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the second time in three years.

Jones and six other Bulldog players were recognized in a vote by the conference's head coaches on Nov. 3 at Livingston High School.

Zachary won the WAC's MVP award in 2012.

"He (Jones) should have got it last year, too," Ceres High head coach Tracy Bull said. "He was clearly the best player in the league."

Jones tallied 56 goals, 29 steals and 16 assists during his final season with the Bulldogs, who finished second in the WAC standings (6-2).

Zachary scored a program-record 15 goals in a 21-4 win over Pacheco. Jones set the previous school-record of 13 last season.

"He had a great year," Bull said. "It's going to be tough to replace him."

A four-year starter, Jones totaled 248 goals in 48 games.
He collected 170-plus goals in WAC play.

"Those are pretty staggering numbers," said Bull, who pointed out Zachary contributed just 16 goals his freshman year.

Led by Jones, the Bulldogs amassed a 19-5 record in WAC play the last three years.
Jones ranks third behind Nick Serratos (class of 2011) and Joey Rossi (class of 2006) on Ceres High's all-time scoring list.

Serratos shattered Rossi's career and single-season scoring marks on his way to being named Valley Foothill League MVP his senior year. Nick scored 178 times and totaled 318 goals for his career.

Rossi totaled 256 goals.

"Zach is one of Ceres High's greatest players," Bull said. "He's been so consistent. He's a great kid."

Senior goalkeeper Sean Carr was selected to the WAC First Team.

The three-year starter accumulated 109 blocks this season.

Senior Erik Weststeyn and junior Timothy Campbell both earned second-team all-league honors.

Weststeyn was Ceres High's hole-set defender.

"I'm really proud of Erik," Bull said. "He turned into a good leader."

Campbell, who missed part of the season with an elbow injury, scored 12 goals in four games.

Sophomore Fernando Olmos, junior Bobby Baranski and sophomore Logan Kier were honorable-mention picks.

Olmos ranked first on the team in assists (29). He also had 11 goals and 21 steals.

"He was our best passer," Bull said. "He did a good job setting up Zach."

Baranski and Kier contributed eight and five goals, respectively.

Bobby and Logan were key defenders.