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PREP ROUNDUP: THS boys, girls earn water polo sweep over Lincoln
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Turlock High's Lauren Olvera shoots over a Lincoln defender during Tuesday's non-conference water polo match at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center. The Bulldogs won 17-5 (JOE CORTEZ/The Journal).

Turlock High’s girls water polo team got four goals from junior Livia Romero en route to a 17-5 non-conference win over Lincoln (Stockton), while the boys got eight goals, three assists and seven steals from Michael Rowan in their 21-7 win over the Trojans on Tuesday at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center.

In addition to Romero’s four goals for the girls, Coralie Newell, Kaylee Amarant and Sofia Contreras had three goals apiece, while Kallie Parker chipped in with two.

“We hadn’t heard too much about Lincoln, so we didn’t really know what to expect,” said Turlock girls coach Anne Cornell. “We’re continuing to make improvements every game.”

On the boys side, Rowan was aided offensively by Cooper Harris (five goals, seven steals), Jacob Packwood (three goals), Brayden Shively (eight assists, two steals), Lars Wenstrand (two goals, two steals) and Cole Hackler (one goal, two assists, five steals).

“We knew this was our last game before league,” said THS boys coach Nic Serratos. “It was kind of a dress rehearsal for league, fine-tuning things on offense and defense."

The Bulldogs will see action again today when they travel to Modesto to start Central California Athletic League against Enochs. 



Hughson 49, Elite 20, at Hughson — Malakai Sumter caught two touchdowns and returned a punt for another as the Huskies rolled past Elite High School (Vallejo) 49-20 last Friday night at Husky Memorial Stadium.

After quarterback Robert McDaniel connected with younger brother Bryce McDaniel (5 catches, 134 yards) to give the Huskies a 7-6 lead, Sumter returned a punt 46 yards to make it 14-6.

McDaniel then found Sumter on touchdown passes of 6 and 23 to make it 28-6. 

Hughson running backs Alex Villarreal and Daniel Sotelo had nearly identical statistical lines. Villarreal rushed for 103 yards and one TD on eight carries, while Sotelo totaled 102 yards and two scores on nine carries.

The Huskies (4-1) will have a bye this Friday night, then braces for a showdown with fellow defending state champion Escalon on Sept. 29 at Husky Memorial Stadium.


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The Turlock High boys cross country team dominated at the first Central California Athletic League meet held on Sept. 13 at Tuolumne Regional Park (Photo by StanCo Distance).

Cross Country

Pitman girls, Turlock boys dominate CCAL cross country meet

Pitman High’s girls cross country team finished ahead of crosstown rival Turlock in a dominating performance at the Sept. 13 Central California Athletic League meet at Tuolumne Regional Park.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs triumphed in the boys meet with a performance that was equally as dominant. 

The Pride won the girls meet with 32 points, followed by Turlock (59), Modesto (82), Gregori (98), Downey (106) and Enochs (150).

Downey’s Zoe Leach finished first with a time of 19 minutes, 42.14 seconds, well ahead of runner-up Maya Wolfe of Modesto (20:00.10). Pitman and Turlock took seven of the remaining eight spots in the top 10, with the Pride grabbing five of those.

Sophomore Avery Carlson (20:06.39) led the way for Pitman, taking third overall, ahead of Turlock freshman Maya Day (20:49.69).

Pitman senior Aubrey Lascano was fifth (21:15.54) and Turlock’s Lilly Edgerton, a junior, was sixth (22:07.38).

The Pitman trio of Adelyn Persons (22:12.24), Madeline Van Steenwyk (22:12.96), and Emerson Newton (22:17.00), were seventh, eighth and ninth.

On the boys side, Turlock outpaced Enochs 25-75, followed by Downey (85), Pitman and Modesto (89), and Gregori (174).

Modesto senior Mehtaab Dhillon (17:11:22) was first in the boys race, ahead of Turlock senior Behniya Esmaeilabadi (17:26.47) and junior Logan Petty (17:30.27).

Pitman’s Julius Camacho was fourth (17:37.52), while the Bulldogs’ Theodore Santos placed fifth (17:40.60). Turlock seniors Daniel Zaragoza (17:57.07) and Julian Hernandez (18:01.54) were seventh and eighth, and Pitman sophomore Colvin Hamel was ninth (18:04.90).

The second CCAL meet is slated for Oct. 4.