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WATER POLO: Sierra gets balanced production in wins over Weston Ranch
Bulletin sports fall 2021
Sierra's Gianna Ramos shoots. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Sierra swept visiting Weston Ranch in Valley Oak League water polo action Wednesday, winning the boys contest 12-3 and the girls 13-3.

The first eight Timberwolves goals for the boys were scored by different players, with only Carson Murray, Jacob Hargus and Raymond Martinez scoring two goals apiece. 

“We hoped it would be a good game,” Murray said. “My team helped me get those goals.”

Moises Alvarado, Troy Morrow, Efren Ballew, Zach Walmer and Gabe Monasterio added a goal apiece for Sierra (2-4 VOL, 5-8 overall).

“We had a lot of depth on our side,” Timberwolves coach Dave Breitenbucher said. We got our second string in and got a lot of playing time for them which helps with upcoming games with Central, Oakdale and Ripon.

“Weston Ranch is a young, growing program like ours.”

Jose Mejia scored all three goals for the Cougars (0-5, 1-9) and the all came in the second period.

“Jose Mejia is a senior and he led us last year with his motivation and his drive,” Weston Ranch coach Clayton Basepayne said. “And he is doing it again this year, too. I’m proud of him and what he is doing.”

Eleven different girls scored for Sierra (1-2, 5-4) with Stephanie Thomason, Marissa Gonzalez and Marisa Rush getting two goals apiece. Taylor Miske scored a goal while playing a different position than she normally does.

“Today we played a lot of our non-starters which was really great because it got them a lot of experience,” Miske said. “Normally I am a sprinter but today I got to play left wing.

“I think we played a great game and everyone had an opportunity.”

Gianna Ramos, Amy Fadeff, Lynn Mortenson, Nasitha Kadiyala, Madison Madrid, Stefany Perez and Zoe Sandoval rounded out the Timberwolves scoring parade.

“They have a good team over there even if they only have eight players,” Breitenbucher said. “We wanted to make sure we were getting our passes in and our plays down because we have three tough matches coming up with Central Catholic, Oakdale and Ripon.

“We are trying to get our game fine-tuned before we go through that gauntlet.”

Allyson Pascual scored two goals for the Cougars (0-5, 0-9) and Eleanor Isherwood added one.

“We are a first-year program and we are always going to be progressing,” Weston Ranch coach Amanda Munoz said. “Today was a good game in a good league and we are always going to try to do better.”


Ripon 15, Central Catholic 3

The Indians boys ran their lead to 11-1 into the third period before the Raiders managed their second goal in VOL action.

Ben Svoboda led Ripon with five goals. McKeane Beier and Teo West added three goals apiece and Donovan Armstrong two. Ryan Bell and Nathan Selna chipped in one goal each.