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Seasons come to an end for Turlock, Pitman water polo teams
Bulldog boys make it to quarterfinals
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Turlock’s Cooper Harris, seen here during the Bulldogs’ playoff game against Rodriguez on Wednesday, went on to notch five goals in Friday’s quarterfinals matchup against Jesuit. Turlock lost 18-11 (KATIE DAY/The Journal).

CARMICHAEL — Turlock High’s boys water polo season came to an end Friday with an 18-11 loss to Jesuit in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs.

The Bulldogs, seeded fifth in the D-1 bracket, finish the season at 21-9, while the No. 4 Marauders advance to play top-seeded Davis.

Against Jesuit, the Bulldogs’ Cooper Harris finished with five goals while Brayden Shively chipped in with three. Goalie Abraham Wooley totaled eight saves.

“We came out a little slow,” said THS coach Nic Serratos. “In the first quarter, we didn’t respond to their physicality. From our conference to playoff time, it’s an increase in level of play.”

Harris, Shively and Woolley are just part of the sophomore-junior core of the Turlock squad. The only starter that the Bulldogs will lose to graduation is Cole Hackler.

“We have five sophomores, two or three that we can start at different times,” said Serratos. “And we have three juniors that start. I’m excited to see what this young team can do as a more seasoned team next year.”

The Bulldogs earned a matchup against Jesuit with a convincing 24-7 win over Rodriguez (Fairfield) on Wednesday. 

Turlock High’s girls squad (16-8), the No. 7 seed, saw the curtain come down on its season Thursday with an 18-6 loss to No. 2 Granite Bay, following a  convincing 19-2 first-round win over Lincoln (Stockton).

Kaylee Amarant led the way or the Bulldogs in the loss to GB with three goals, while Sofia Contreras, Bonnie Hayes and Livia Romero chipped in with one apiece. Romero paced THS with three steals, while Amarant and Joelle Maggard had two each. Goalie Reese Thomas had seven saves.

Pitman’s boys team (13-13), seeded 11th, bowed out in the first round with a 20-8 loss to McClatchy (Sacramento).

The Pride’s girls squad (14-7), seeded 12th, saw their season come to a close with a 16-7 loss to No. 5 Rocklin.