Elliott Lewis had a productive final season with Ceres High’s varsity boys water polo team this fall.
The senior standout filled a major role while leading the Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings (6-6).
Lewis and Ceres High sophomore Kenneth Arroyo were recognized in a vote by the WAC head coaches this past month.
Lewis received second-team all-conference honors.
He missed earning first-team accolades by just one vote.
“I felt I deserved it,” Elliott said. “But it’s out of my control.”
Elliott scored 60 goals and dished out 25 assists.
“With it being my senior year, I wanted to set an example for the younger kids. I was more of a leader. I was unselfish."Elliott Lewis
“With it being my senior year, I wanted to set an example for the younger kids,” Lewis said. “I was more of a leader. I was unselfish. Last year, I was a little more selfish.”
Kenneth was an honorable-mention selection.
He had 10 goals and 15 assists.
The top three teams in the WAC advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Grace Davis edged out youth-laden Ceres High for the final spot.
The Bulldogs had a combined record of 2-6 versus WAC newcomers Johansen (12-0), Beyer (10-2), Grace Davis (8-4) and Mountain House (0-12).
Ceres High finished 4-0 against Los Banos and Pacheco.
The Bulldogs’ 11-person roster featured two seniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.
Lewis and Adam Rantz will be lost to graduation.
Arroyo, Ryan Baranski, Brian Ayala, Cruz Fee, Nathaniel Pethyon, Dean Windom, Jeremy Kier, Mackay Cannella and Luis Alvarez could return to the team next season.
“I wish we would have placed a little higher,” Lewis said. “With us being younger, it was a little harder for us to compete with them (Johansen, Beyer and Grace Davis). It was pretty challenging. I’m still proud of my team. We improved a lot.”