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Sawyer Alford, 13, of Arnold and the Bone Frog Water Polo Club (above), loads for a shot on Friday at the Bret Harte Aquatic Center in Angels Camp.
Calaveras County got its first taste of youth water polo on Friday at the Bret Harte Aquatic Center in Angels Camp.

The Bone Frog Water Polo Club, a newly-formed youth club in the county, sponsored the first water polo match at the facility since its opening in 2012.

Bone Frog coach Mark Garrett, a former collegiate All-American at Fresno State, kicked off the event with a ceremonial first toss.

“It is exciting to be part of introducing a new sport to kids in Calaveras County,” Garrett said in a release. “Water polo is a great sport that is growing in popularity and offers opportunities for advancement to college and international competition.”

Three teams from Angels Camp, Oakdale and Sonora participated in the scrimmages.

Garrett, who recently moved to Calaveras County, has coached and competed at various levels including international competition. The 1975 Fresno State graduate has over 40 years of coaching experience.

The Bone Frog Water Polo Club, an affiliate with USA Water Polo, trains at the Bret Harte Aquatic Center and has over 35 local youth participating.

For more information or to sign up, contact Garrett at 831-295-2286.

“It was a great first year having 35 kids the first summer,” Garrett said. “Kids and parents have been showing a lot of interest and continuing on into the fall.”

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