The Sonora Wildcat boys’ water polo team got offensive on Monday.
Hosting Los Banos at Sonora Sports and Fitness Center, the Wildcats earned a 26-12 victory.
“We jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter behind three goals from Bennett (Personius) and did a good job of keeping the offensive pressure up all game with lots of players looking to shoot,” said Wildcat head coach Matt Personius. “We had numerous counter-attack goals as well as scoring out of our set offense. I have to hand it to the center for Los Banos, though, he scored eight out of their 12 goals and forced us to work very hard at defending the 2-meter position.
For Sonora (17-4, 8-1 Valley Foothill League), Personius finished with six goals, Brendan Hurley four, Hunter Vroman, Keith Godula and Justin Payne three, Billy Parks and Curtis Bassi two and Kyler Johnson, Dylan Miguel and Spencer Lyons each had one goal.
Sonora next will host Ceres today at SSFC at 6:30 p.m.
The Sonora varisty girls lost 8-6 to Los Banos.
For Sonora, Carina Wedel and Ruby Personius scored two goals apiece and Kacee Johnson and Marta Houghton each scored one.
“Unfortunately we allowed Los Banos to go up 2-1 in the first and extend their lead to 5-3 at the half and 8-4 at the end of three,” said Coach Personius. “We stepped up defensively in the fourth and held them scoreless, but fell short scoring only two.
“They scored multiple times on weak side lobs which ultimately made the difference for them. We had a little trouble adjusting to the off-speed shots and our defense gave up uncontested shot opportunities.”
Over the weekend, the girls went 2-3 in the Western States tournament. Their overall record is 12-13, 6-3 VFL.
Frosh/soph—The Wildcat boys beat Los Banos, 16-3.
For Sonora, Owen Ragland scored 13 goals and Kyle Proctor three.
The Sonora girls defeated Los Banos 7-1.
TheWildcat goals were scored by Carly Lucas (3), Katie Ferris (3), Kayleigh Johnston (1) and Gabi Baldonado (1).
Evon Meckler was the winning goal keeper.
At the Western States Tournament on Oct. 14-15, the Sonora girls frosh/soph team won two and lost three.
“For our Saturday games in the tournament, we were really off and could not play our usual game,” said Wildcat head coach JulieAnn Personius. “But on Monday against Los Banos, we were back on track.
Sonora got goals from Lucas, Green Selene, Olivia Hurley, Ferris, Baldonado, Celia Cotrone, Tess Houghton and Shau Haselton-Park.
In goal for the Wildcats were Evon Meckler and Makena Klatt.