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Kimball sweeps Ceres High
Ceres High School's new-look varsity water polo program competed against visiting Kimball last Wednesday.

"We knew it was going to be an uphill battle," Bulldogs head coach Tracy Bull said. "They played in a tournament. We haven't play any games. We'll get better. We just got to keep working hard at practice."

Ceres High's boys dropped their Valley Foothill League opener, 11-5, to the Jaguars.

Zach Zamaroni led the Bulldogs with three goals.

Dylan Hines and Terry Brogdon both scored once.

"It's our first game," Zamaroni said. "We finished strong. That's important."

Zamaroni gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with a backhand shot 17 seconds into the game.

Kimball took control with a 10-1 outburst.

Ceres High outscored Kimball 3-1 in the final period.

Zamaroni collected two goals and Brogdon tallied one as the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 9-5 with 4:19 to play.

"We clicked in the fourth quarter," Bull said.

Jacob Meyer, Ceres High's rookie goalkeeper, had six blocks.

"He played really well for us," Bull said. "He's still learning the rules."

"It's challenging," Meyer said. "I got hit in the face and kept going."

Ceres High's girls suffered a 13-1 loss.

"We didn't get shut out," Bull said. "We could have easily had six or seven goals. We hit the sidebar or crossbar 10 times. That's from being too amped up."

Haley Fisicaro accounted for the Bulldogs' lone goal. She scored with 1:27 left in regulation. Fisicaro put back Emily Chapman's close-range miss.

"We only have three returning players," Haley said. "We're building from the ground up. I think we can improve in all areas."

Ceres High goalkeepers Rachael Mickelson and Victoria Mendoza had five and two saves, respectively.

The Bulldogs trailed 11-0 heading into the final period.

"They got transition goals on us all day," Bull said. "We never got our offense going."

Added Fisicaro: "We needed more communication."

The Bulldogs will play against Kimball, Los Banos, Pacheco, Sonora, Oakdale, Ripon and Central Catholic twice during the VFL season.

"The positive thing for us is we have 44 kids out for water polo," Bull said. "I don't think the school thought we'd have a program. We're going to figure out how to win."