Water Polo: Wolf Pack wins a battle in the pool at Tracy High
by Bob Brownne
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Crosstown water polo was as competitive as ever as the Tracy and West teams faced off at Tracy High on Thursday, Sept. 20, in nonleague competition.

While the West varsity boys rolled over their rivals, the girls varsity squads battled down to the final minutes, with the Wolf Pack claiming a one-score victory in overtime.



Varsity girls: West 7, Tracy 6

The girls teams were never more than one goal apart, with Tracy (4-5) regularly taking the narrow lead only to see West (3-5 overall, 1-1 Tri-City Athletic League) score to even it up.

Tracy had a 5-4 lead in the fourth quarter when West’s Madison Tessera fired a shot to tie it up and put the game into overtime.

Tracy’s Lane Fishburn scored with an assist from Sara Agee in the fist overtime, and West’s Cassidy Waters made a long shot up the middle to tie it again.

Neither team scored in the second extra period.

That prompted a third, sudden-death overtime period, in which Tracy couldn’t get off a shot before West got possession.

Waters had a one-on-one shot against Tracy goalie Dallyce Marglon, who went after the ball and got tangled up with Waters. Officials called a foul on Marglon, and Waters scored on the 5-meter penalty to secure the 7-6 win.

“We’ve lost to them every time since my freshman year, so to win is amazing,” West junior Waters said. “We knew it would be a really close game. We just pulled through. I’m very proud of everyone.”

Marglon blocked 16 West shots, and West goalie Emily Stoica blocked six Tracy shots.

Waters scored five of West’s goals, and Tessera scored the other two.

Tracy’s Agee, Fishburn and Megan Jessen scored two goals each.



Varsity boys: West 18, Tracy 7

The boys teams were close for the first quarter, with West (7-4) taking a 4-3 lead.

The Wolf Pack built on that in the second quarter and then pummeled Tracy’s goal in the second half for the 18-7 win.

Tracy is 2-6.

“We had some good passing today, and we’re doing better as a team,” West senior Kevin Oetken said. He that Thursday’s win a good sign that the team is getting better as the season progresses.

“We played St. Mary’s, and it was kind of a hard game, but we’re going to be ready for them next time, and we’re excited for Tokay, because that’s always a good showdown.”

Oetken scored six goals for West. Bradley McCain and Matt Dunniway scored three each for the Wolf Pack, Chris Weaver and Romeo Francisco scored two each, and Jason Bussey scored one. West goalie Jacob Thomassen had six saves.

Taylor Mellick, Austin Lowe and Chris Ramon each scored two goals for Tracy, and Austin Meyer scored one. Tracy goalie Vincent Mello had six saves.



Tracy boys win McNair Tournament

Tracy High’s varsity boys water polo team brought home the championship trophy from the McNair Tournament this past weekend after the Bulldogs went 3-0 for the tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22.

Tracy juniors Chris Kennedy, Michael Motyka and Vincent Mello were all selected as all-tournament players.

Tracy beat the host team, McNair, 10-8 in Saturday’s championship game. Motyka, Chris Ramon and Anthony Singh scored two goals each for Tracy, and Kennedy, Aaron Knapp, Casey Bishop and Taylor Mellick also scored goals.

Tracy also beat Calaveras High 14-8, with six goals for Mellick, two each for Kennedy, Motyka and Ramon, and Singh and Knapp also scoring goals. Goalie Mello had 11 saves.

Tracy opened with a 13-5 win over Franklin High.

Ramon and Singh scored three goals each, Kennedy, Mellick and Blake Adams scored two each Knapp scored one and Mello had 13 saves and an assist.



Kimball vs. Oakdale

The Jaguars traveled to Oakdale on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to open the Valley Oak League season against the defending VOL champions in both the boys and girls divisions.

Kimball teams lost at all four levels, but coaches said it was an encouraging start to the VOL season nonetheless.



Varsity boys: Oakdale 16, Kimball 9

The varsity boys, now at 1-3 not including tournament play, lost their first VOL matchup, 16-9.

Trevor Trew scored five shots from the center, Reese Maxfield scored three outside shots, and Justin Riccobono scored on a backhand goal at the center.

Goalie Matt Rodriguez recorded four saves.

Oakdale won the junior varsity boys game 9-6, with six goals for Kimball’s Brandon Nusser and eight saves for goalie Conner Miller.



Varsity girls: Oakdale 4, Kimball 2

Kimball coach Matt Gumpert said that his team played its best game yet, holding Oakdale, defending VOL champion and also the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up, to a one-goal lead until the end of the fourth quarter.

Tahnee Trew and Sydnie Black scored Kimball’s goals.

The loss puts Kimball at 5-4 for the season.

Oakdale won the junior varsity girls game, 7-1. Megan Schwab scored Kimball’s only goal.



West at St. Mary’s

The Wolf Pack water polo teams both took losses at St. Mary’s High in Stockton on Tuesday, Sept. 18.



Varsity boys: St. Mary’s 15, West 3

The Rams had a 10-2 lead at the half and continued to control the game through the second half.

Scoring for West were Bradley McCain, Chris Weaver and Kevin Oetken.



Varsity girls: St. Mary’s 17, West 4

St. Mary’s had an 11-4 lead at the half and shut down West’s offense in the second half.

Cassidy Waters scored all four of West’s goals in the first half.

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

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