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Outstanding water polo play leads to recognition for CHS boys
Bulldogs took third in WAC
Ceres Highs Caleb Bishop was named to the WAC First Team. Bishop tallied 16 goals. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys water polo leader Bill Campbell nominated four of his players for all-league recognition during the Western Athletic Conference year-end coaches meeting on Nov. 1 in Los Banos.

Caleb Bishop, Logan Kier, Ethan Letras and Caleb Cannella all filled key roles while leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the WAC standings.

"I'm really happy with what they got," Campbell said. "That says a lot about our players."

Seniors Caleb Bishop and Logan Kier were both selected to the WAC First Team.

Bishop totaled 16 goals on 33 shot attempts.

He also contributed on defense.

Bishop led the Bulldogs in minutes played.

"He was my best all-round player," Campbell said. "He had a great work ethic. The only time he came out of the pool was when he got kicked out for a penalty."
Kier (12 goals) was Ceres High's hole-set defender.

"That's the toughest job in the pool," Campbell said. "You got to be mentally prepared. He would also move to whatever position the other team's leading scorer would go. Their averages playing other teams were higher."

Letras (Jr.) and Cannella (So.) were both selected to the WAC Second Team.

Letras scored a team-high 25 goals.

Ethan attempted 59 shots.

"He got recognized for his offense," Campbell said. "When he got the opportunity, he took advantage of it."

Cannella, a first-year player, totaled 100 saves while starring at goalkeeper.

"He fits the profile of a goalie," Campbell said. "He's tall and lanky. He's got a strong arm. He's a really competitive kid. There's a lot of potential. It will be nice to see what he'll be able to do next year."

Los Banos (4-5) edged out Ceres High (4-5) for the WAC's second and final postseason berth this fall. The Bulldogs compiled a 1-2 record versus the Tigers.

"Obviously, it was disappointing not making playoffs," said Campbell, first-year head coach of the Bulldogs. "Overall, we had a great season. I enjoyed being around the players. It's a small group so you get connected with the kids. I didn't know what to expect coming into the season. The kids responded very well to me. Everybody bought into what we were trying to do."