Water polo: Jaguars sink West girls, West boys prevail
by Bob Brownne
Sep 07, 2012 | 2902 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Crosstown water polo match
West High’s Matt Dunniway (left) tries for a shot as Kimball High’s Logan Steinberger tries to get a hand in for a block during their match on Wednesday, Sept. 5.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Kimball High’s girls proved dominant over West in cross-town water polo on Wednesday, Sept. 5, while the West boys beat the Jaguars in a close game the same night.

Varsity girls: Kimball 18, West 5

Kimball’s girls (1-1) had a 9-0 lead and limited West’s offensive opportunities through the start of the second quarter, when Wolf Pack (1-2) finally scored its first goal.

Tahnee Trew and Colby Chase led the Jaguars offense with four goals each. Trew said the team focused on driving up the sides of the pool and moving the ball around. She felt it it’s an encouraging start as the team prepares for Valley Oak League play week after next.

“We were really counter-attacking well,” she said. “Our ball-handling, we could have been a little bit better with it, but overall we did pretty good. We’re facing teams that are going to give us a challenge, but it’s good to have a challenge instead of playing teams you can beat all the time.”

Courtney Andres, Julihanna Mandeville, Sydnie Black and Jhacky Romero each scored two goals while Courtney Moberg and Kaitlyn Traut scored one each.

Geraldine Vasquez scored three goals for West, and Madison Tessera and Cassidy Waters scored one each.

Varsity boys: West 9, Kimball 6

The Wolf Pack (2-1) and Jaguars (0-2) played a close contest through the third quarter of Wednesday’s game. West overcame Kimball’s early lead and held onto the advantage. West gave itself a comfortable margin in the fourth quarter on shots from Bradley McCain and Kevin Oetken.

West goalie Jacob Thomassen, who had eight saves, said that needs to score goals off of turnovers if the teams hopes to win in Tri-City Athletic League play, which begins next week.

“It’s going alright, but I can tell that we’re going to need a lot more offensive help, because St. Mary’s and Tokay put up a lot of goals,” he said.

Kimball sophomore Daniel Van Niekerk, who scored two goals for his team, said West put up the type of opposition his team needs in order to keep improving.

“We just need to practice harder and take it more serious,” he said. “In the next few years we’ll be more experienced and we’ll do better.”

McCain scored three goals for West while Oetken scored two and Azero Alcala, Matt Dunniway, Romeo Francisco and Jason Bussey each scored one.

Also scoring for Kimball were Trevor Trew with two goals and Logan Steinberger and Reese Maxfield with one each.

Varsity boys: Modesto 8, West 7

The visiting Panthers of Modesto High took an early lead over West’s boys on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Pinkie Phillips Aquatics Center.

West tied it up briefly at the start of the third quarter on a shot from Oetken, but the Panthers continued to outscore the Wolf Pack for the rest of the game. Oetken and McCain scored two goals each while Thomassen, Francisco and Ken Kurita each scored one goal.

Varsity girls: Modesto 14, West 7

The Panthers had a 4-0 lead in the first quarter at West High on Tuesday, Sept. 4, before Cassidy Waters scored the Wolf Pack’s first goal.

Modesto went on to outscore West through the third quarter on the way to the win. Waters scored four goals for the Wolf Pack and Vasquez scored three.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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