Tracy vs. Bear Creek
Tracy High’s water polo teams finished their season Tuesday hosting the Bruins of Bear Creek High. The Bruins won at all levels, leaving Tracy in fourth place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association in both the boys and girls varsity divisions. Both are 2-6 in league play, with the boys at 7-9 overall and the girls at 7-10 overall.
The freshman-sophomore girls had the best season and finished at 3-3 in league and 4-4 overall, while the freshman sophomore boys went 0-6 in league and 1-9 overall.
Coach Keith Britt said that this year’s team includes seniors who have been with him for the full four years since he started coaching water polo at Tracy High. Three of the senior girls – Daryl Scott, Rena Pombo and Anna Lowell – have been with the program since their freshman year. Six of the senior boys – Conner Sharpe, Steve Andrade, Chris Morri, Andy Levand, Tyler Trew, and Tanner Silva – have also been with Britt for the all four years.
“The program has come a long way with last year’s group and this group,” Britt said, adding that each year he’s seen progress in both the boys and girls teams. “That’s all a coach can ask for, that they improve with each game.”
Varsity boys: Bear Creek 14, Tracy 10
The varsity boys match was close all the way through, with Bear Creek breaking the 6-6 tie at the half and taking a 12-8 lead. Tracy started to catch up in the fourth quarter on shots from Tyler Trew and Justin Phelps, but the Bruins also made a couple more shots to keep their lead.
Conner Sharpe scores three goals and had three steals, Trew scored three goals and had a block and two steals, Phelps scored two goals and had three steals and a block, Andy Levand scored a goal and had five steals and an assist and Jeramee Campbell scored a goal. Goalie Tanner Silva had 11 saves and a steal, and Nick Ramon had two steals and an assist.
Varsity girls: Bear Creek 16, Tracy 11
Bear Creek’s 11-6 lead at the half allowed the Bruins to hang on for the win. Mariah Serrato scored five goals for Tracy and had three steals and a block. Ariane Cook scored three goals and had two steals, Daryl Scott scored two goals and had a steal, Allie Britt had two steals and an assist, and Rena Pombo scored one goal had three steals, a block and an assist. Goalie Alexandria Norman had 11 saves, one steal and one assist, and Alyssa Inocencio had three steals and an assist
Freshman-sophomore boys: Bear Creek 7, Tracy 5
Bear Creek’s 3-1 lead in the first quarter turned out to be the advantage as Tracy started to make its comeback in the third quarter. Blake Adams scored three of Tracy’s goals, Ivan Diaz scored a goal and had and assist, and Miguel Munoz scored a goal. Goalie Chaz Samaniego had nine blocks, three steals and an assist. Austin Lowe had three steals, Aaron Knapp had a steal and two assists, Scotty White had a steal and a block and Eric Taylor had a steal.
Freshman-sophomore girls: Bear Creek 9, Tracy 3
The Bruins had a big second quarter to take a 7-2 lead at the half. Tracy held the Bruins back in the second half, but was unable to catch up.
Annie Foote scored two goals and Zoe Duerksen scored a goal. Goalie Dallyce Marglon had eight saves, four steals and an assist, Shabbi Sharifi had three steals. Sarah Agee, Kylie Taylor and Foote had two steals each, Courtney Eddy had a steal and one assist, and Olivia Perea, Allyssa Blades and Duerksen also had steals.
West vs. McNair
West High played its last home game of the season against McNair, with one more game to go. Both the boys and girls varsity teams are 3-5 this year in the Tri-City Athletic League, with wins over McNair and losses to St. Mary’s and Tokay. West’s last league game of the year will be Thursday at Tokay.
In addition to the final league game against Tokay, the girls team will play in the Harvest Classic Tournament at Vintage High School in Napa Friday and Saturday.
It was also the last home game for the seniors on the West team, including Brooke Gard, Tiffany Storey, Eddie Sosa, and Alex Marouskhani. West did not have junior varsity teams this year, so all of the freshmen and sophomores moved up to the varsity teams.
Varsity girls: West 16, McNair 0
Geraldine Vasquez led the Wolf Pack team with four goals. Madison Tessera and Alyssa Duncan had two goals each and Emily Stoica, Sarah Marian, Heather Porter, Tiffany Storey, Brooke Gard, Audra Greene, Cassidy Waters, and Mary Lou Manzo each scored goals.
Coach Jessica Lenart said the team communicated well and played strong defense to limit the shots that McNair was able to take. Emily Stoica had four saves in the goal and Brooke Gard had six saves.
Varsity boys: West 20, McNair 4
Jacob Thommasen and Kevin Oetken led the Wolf Pack team with four goals each. Romeo Francisco had three goals, Zander Kraschinsky, Ken Kurita, Matt Van Niekirk, and Justin Hoang had two goals each and Matt Dunniway also scored a goal. Goalie Alex Marouskhani had 10 saves in the goal.
Chavez 5, Tracy 1
Tracy High’s soccer team finished its soccer season with a loss at home to Chavez. The 5-1 win for the Titans ends Tracy’s season at 3-5-2, which puts the Bulldogs in fourth place in the SJAA, with Chavez, Franklin and Lodi headed to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Franklin, 8-1-1 in the SJAA, finished as league champion after a 3-2 win over Lodi on Tuesday. Chavez, 8-2, is second place, and Lodi, 6-2-2, finishes third.
Chavez took a 3-0 lead at the half over Tracy during Tuesday evening’s game at Peter B. Kyne Field, with the Titans scoring five minutes in and using their speed to get past Tracy’s defense on two breakaways in the first half. Chavez scored right away at the start of the second half, and scored another on a breakaway 26 minutes into the half.
Tracy scored with about two minutes left on the clock when Kyle Devlin shot one in from the left side after getting a pass from Byron Munoz.
“We were up and down. I think we peaked a little bit too early in the year,” Coach Phil Kalis said. “We had some success in the preseason. We just didn’t have the depth we’ve had in previous years.”
The team also had a lot of roster changes during the year, and a small squad by Friday’s game.
“All the guys who were here played hard all year,” he said.
Senior Arthur Chow said it was a fun year for the team, even if it had to end short of the playoffs.
“We have the skills,” he said. “For this team (Chavez) they played better than us. We did pretty good passing and attacking. We passed a lot better and controlled a lot better. It was a fun year.”
Tracy’s freshman-sophomore team lost to Chavez 2-0, and finishes the season at 8-4-3 overall.
Lincoln 3, Tracy 1
After Lincoln won the first two game on its home court in Stockton, Tracy coach Mahina Tankersley made some changes to her lineup and the team’s overall strategy to win the third game. Lincoln came back to take one more and won the match with score of 25-14, 25-14, 21-25, 25-14. It puts Tracy at 2-6 in the San Joaquin Athletic Association, 5-9 overall, with home matches against Bear Creek on Thursday and Chavez next Tuesday.
Tankersley said that Lincoln was dominant at the net, and allowed few chances for Tracy’s middle hitters to score. Haley Ochoa had seven kills and six digs. Shannon Carey had 17 assists, Brianna Warner had eight digs, Briana Aldridge had six digs, and Lynsie Zellmer had four digs.
Lincoln won the freshman match in two, 25-23, 25-19, to put Tracy’s freshmen at 3-5 in the SJAA. Lincoln won the sophomore match in two, 27-25, 25-13.