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Much-awaited water polo season begins
The wait is over.

Ceres High's varsity girls water polo team opened the Western Athletic Conference campaign with back-to-back wins this past week.

The Bulldogs didn't play any matches during the first seven weeks of the season due to a lack of funding for transportation.

"It was frustrating at first because we were so anxious to start playing," Ceres High junior Cassidy Hines said. "But all the practice got us more closer. We worked on all of our plays."

Ceres High defeated visiting Central Catholic 14-5 on Wednesday and improved to 2-0 in the WAC.

Haley Fisicaro tallied a game-high six goals.

Cassidy Hines and Maya Narvaez both scored twice.

Katie Rose, Jordan Pata, Samantha Le and Emily Chapman all contributed one goal.

Goalkeeper Kyndal Chapman had four blocks.

Ceres High held a slim 2-1 lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs outscored the Raiders 12-4 in the second half.

Ceres High routed Pacheco 27-9 on Monday, Sept. 24 in Los Banos.

Nine different players scored for the Bulldogs, including Haley (six goals), Jordan (four), Samantha (four), Cassidy (three), Emily (three), Rose (two), Holly Lackey (two), Kirstie Lomoljo (two) and Raquel Flud (one).

"I'm pleased," Hines said. "We worked together as a team. Our expectations are really high this year. We're going to do well."

Bulldogs dominate

Ceres High School's varsity boys water polo team had plenty of time to prepare for the 2012 season.

Unable to play any exhibition matches due to a lack of funding, Bulldog players trained for seven weeks straight.

"We worked our butts off," Ceres High junior leader Terry Brogdon said. "It benefitted us a lot. It got us all closer as a team."

Host Ceres High defeated Central Catholic 21-10 on Wednesday.

Terry Brogdon poured in a game-high 12 goals.

Zachary Jones had five goals.

Jacob Stone, Nathan Stone, Mario Gonzalez and Timothy Campbell chipped in with one goal apiece.

Goalkeeper Anthony Vasquez collected 12 saves in the opening half.

Backup Sean Carr had five blocks.

The Bulldogs led 13-3 at the break.

Ceres High stopped counterattacking in the second half.

"We didn't want to run up the score," Brogdon said. "A lot of teams could have done that to us last year."

Ceres High took control early and escaped with a 10-9 win over Pacheco during their WAC season-opening battle on Monday, Sept. 24 in Los Banos.

"We didn't know what to expect," Brogdon said. "It was our first game. They surprised us."

Vasquez totaled 15 saves in his debut with the Bulldogs.

"He has a chance to be the best goalie in league," Ceres High head coach Tracy Bull said.

Jones tallied a team-high six goals, Brogdon added two, and Gonzalez and Ethan Campbell both added one.

Ceres High led 10-6 at the end of the third quarter.

The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the final period. Pacheco hit the crossbar twice in the closing 40 seconds.

"We were lucky to get out of there with a win," Bull said.

Ceres High will play host to Livingston (Oct. 8) and Pacheco (Oct. 10) next week.

"We're doing the things you're supposed to do to be successful," Bull said. "Our goal is to make the playoffs."

Added Brogdon: "We want to show other teams this year is our year."