Once upon a time, the Tracy High water polo team would take the pool against San Joaquin Athletic Association powers Lincoln and Lodi and expect to lose.
Now, the Bulldogs have higher expectations — but hosting the Trojans on Tuesday in both teams’ league opener, the result was the same.
After the first quarter ended 1-1 to give the Bulldog varsity girls hope, Lincoln put on the foil and came up with a 15-2 victory.
Nicole Brown and Danielle Rond had the lone goals for Tracy, which trailed 5-1 at halftime and 9-2 after three quarters.
Lincoln 13, Tracy 1 (JV girls)
Daryl Scott had the lone goal for the Tracy JV girls (1-1 SJAA).
Lincoln 17, Tracy 4
For the varsity boys, who swim only one senior with returning varsity experience, two goals from freshman Tyler Trew and a goal each from Morgan Bishop and said senior Neil Thakor were the highlights on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (1-1 SJAA) will swim against Bear Creek on Thursday at McNair High, located within Stockton’s boundaries but in the Lodi Unified School District.
Lincoln 13, Tracy 6 (JV boys)
Conner Sharpe and Jeramee Campbell had hat tricks for the Bullpups, who led 5-4 at the half before the Trojans pulled away for an 8-6 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Sonora 20, West 9 (varsity girls)
There wasn’t much sympathy in Sonora for the Wolf Pack girls, who endured a two-hour bus ride to the Sierra foothills for the honor of losing to the hosts.
Katie Bertelson lobbed in four goals for the Wolf Pack (1-1 TCAL), and Desiree Lundgren contributed a pair. Lauren Gilliland and Danielle Daviscourt both scored once, and Natalie Richards had a goal of her own.
Sonora 18, West 4 (varsity boys)
Richard Johannsen had all four goals for the Wolf Pack on Tuesday in Sonora. West is now 1-1 in Tri-City Athletic League play. Valley Oak League stalwart Sonora is in the TCAL for water polo only. The Wolf Pack will host McNair on Thursday.
Millennium 1, Jim Eliot Christian 1
In Lodi, Falcon goalie Hugo Esquivel saved about a dozen shots and the day for the visitors, who went up 1-0 on an early goal from freshman Daniel Garcia.
C.J. Bunnell and Ryan Plusch also received high marks on defense for Millennium (0-0-1 HCL, 0-2-2), who will host Mount Oaks on Friday in a scheduled non-league game.
St. Mary’s 256, West 317
The West High girl’s golf team (2-3 TCAL, 3-6,) was defeated by St. Mary’s on Tuesday, 256-317. Alice Trisri and Jazzmin Goodman both shot 54 for the Wolf Pack. Erin Whitcomb shot a 68 and Deana Goddard shot a 69, and Jasmine and Shana Garrett shot 72 and 83, respectively.
The Wolf Pack will play Stagg at the Tracy Golf & Country Club on Thursday.
Tracy 292, Franklin 312
At Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton, Ashley Mack’s 51 and a season-low of 52 from Samantha Balanon helped things along for the Bulldogs (3-2 SJAA, 6-4).
Taylor Slabaugh shot a 62 and Mira Punjaya had an identical score. Amanda Perriera carded a 64, and Devin Nicholson added a 66.
Balanon also took a bad score on one hole, opening up the potential for a score in the 40s, Tracy coach Derek Solano said. The Bulldogs will return to Stockton on Thursday, when Lincoln and the friendly confines of Brookside Country Club await them.
West 5, McNair 0
At West High on Tuesday, the Wolf Pack stayed undefeated in 2007 behind Gabby Ramirez’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Ngan Le.
Cherie Romualdo defeated Mary Ann Tran 6-0, 6-4. In doubles, Erika Sembrano and Jasmin Fonseca defeated Maria Tran and Vicki Her 6-1, 6-1, Tzuk Koul and Ashley LeSage defeated Rajneet Palda and Hahn Dow-Tran 6-1, 6-2.
West will face St. Mary’s on Thursday to decide first-place in the TCAL.
Tracy 5, Franklin 0
The Tracy High girl’s tennis team defeated Franklin in Stockton on Tuesday, 5-0.
In singles, Corrin Geibig defeated Teresa Diaz 6-0, 6-0, Michelle Kouda defeated Amy Koura 6-0, 6-0, and Ashley Curen defeated Veronica Torres 6-0, 6-1. In doubles, Brittany Branscomb and Jamie Daly defeated Jess Propath and Fe Tamargi 6-2, 6-4, and Natalie Geibig and Paige Noonan defeated Liz Ruiz and her partner 6-0, 6-0.
Millennium 3, Brookside Christian 1
The Falcons (2-2 Harvest Christian League, 4-5) saw victory come in the form of a 25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22 four-game win Tuesday in Stockton.
Freshman Michelle Laban posted a double-double, with 11 aces and 16 assists to her credit, along with five digs. Abigail Medina had seven aces, six kills and five digs, and Amber Fuentes notched 10 digs with two aces. Belquise Gulhan had five aces and three kills for the Falcons, who will travel to Modesto to face Big Valley Christian today.