Union Democrat staff

The Sonora High girls water polo team won the Sac-Joaquin Division III championship Saturday after a 9-3 win over Kimball High, the Tracy team Sonora has faced in final game for three consecutive years.

This was Sonora’s second consecutive championship win against Kimball, which has made the finals for four years in a row.

“The girls were confident and achieved their goal in a workman-like fashion,” said coach Matt Personius.

Key to the win was the Wildcats’ press defense and pressure on the offensive transition, he said.

The first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie.

“Once we broke the ice in the second quarter, though, the game just went more and more our way and there was no way Kimball could stop us,” said Personius. “We had great play out of center by Desi Bostic who led all scorers with 4, and, as usual, Megan Slater was pushing the counter attack and finished with three.”

Maddie Birtwhistle turned in another standout performance in goal.

Emily Van Noord, Taetum Arnett, Audrey Simmons and Kayla Landman each scored a goal.

“This was a true team win with all our starters and support players doing their part and contributing to our success,” said Personius.

The California Interscholastic Federation delayed announcing the dates for the first round of the NorCal regional tournament due to the wildfires in Northern California, but an announcement on its website said the games would start no later than Thursday. Check uniondemocrat.com/sports for updates.

Sonora will host the first round game.