Union Democrat Staff

The Sonora High School varsity boys and girls water polo teams were on the road this week for matches against Gregori High School in Modesto.

The varsity girls beat the Jaguars 12-4.

“We came out fairly strong in the first period going up 3-0, and pushing the score to 9-1 at the half,” said head coach Matt Personius.

Emily Van Noord took the lead on offense, said Personius. She scored three goals in the first two quarters.

“We slowed down offensively in the second half, scoring only three in the third and none in the fourth,” he said. But the defense stepped up and shut down the Jaguar attackers.

In addition to Noord’s four scores, Megan Slater scored three times, Lillian Fox and Taetum Arnette had 2 and Desi Bostic scored once.

In weekend tournament play the varsity girls notched a win over Nevada Union 6-1. They fell to Christian Brothers 5-4, Del Oro 11-10 and Livermore 8-9.

In Tuesday night action, the Sonora girls beat Turlock 13-8.

Sonora 13 Turlock 8

"Sonora came ready to play, and jumped out to a 4-1 lead 1st qtr built largely on an aggressive counter attack coupled with solid front court offense," said Personius.

The team is on the road agin this weekend when they play in the Sierra Shootout in Rocklin this weeken.

Their first game will be against Granite Bay on Friday .

Scoring for Sonora Tuesday were: Megan Slater five, Lillian Fox four, Taetum Arnette two, Emily Van Noord and Desi Bostic with one each.

Boy’s varsity

The boys varsity team lost Monday night to Gregori 11-7.

The offensive effort was led by Ethan Wright who had five goals. Levi Houghton and Caleb “KK” Farwell each had one goal.

The boys varsity team also travelled for tournament play last weekend. They beat Bear Creek 11-2 and Nevada Union by a score of 6-1.

Losses came against Livermore, 9-8, Del Oro 11-10 and Christian Brothers 5-4.

The losses weren’t all bad news, said Josh Martin. “The boys fought back hard in all their losses and were just a play or two away from walking away with a few more wins. I am very proud of the effort they put forth. We still have a lot of work to do but I like where we are for this point in the season.”

The boys team lost 11-9.

Martin said it was a very hard fought game all four quarters.

"(I) couldn't be more proud of the effort our boys put forth against a D1 polo program," he said.

Scoring for the 'Cats were Caleb Farewell with two goals, Justus Cotrone had three, Levi Houghton had three and Ethan Wright had one.