The Kimball High water polo teams beat their second crosstown rival at Tracy High on Friday, Sept. 20, to finish their last week going into Valley Oak League play.
Kimball’s varsity teams also beat West on Friday, Sept. 13, at West High.
Kimball senior Trevor Trew said his team’s 17-6 win over Tracy (2-1) provided a good tune up before Kimball’s boys (5-2) face their first VOL rival, Oakdale, at home on Thursday, Sept. 26.
“We knew coming in that they had a couple strong people that we would have shut down,” Trew said. “On defense we knew were going to have to shift back and forth, and we did a really good job on that. On our offense, we did a really good job of moving the ball around and getting shots from the outside.”
The teams played a close first quarter, both putting up stubborn defenses to make it a 2-1 game in Kimball’s favor going into the second quarter. The Jaguars passed the ball to find the open shots and take a 10-3 lead by the half and stayed aggressive in the fourth quarter to extend their lead.
Trew and sophomore Logan Steinberger led the Kimball scoring effort with five goals each and junior Reese Maxfield scored three. Juniors Brandon Nusser and Derek Dunsford and senior Matthew Rodriguez each scored one.
Tracy senior Anthony Singh and freshman Kor Hurse scored two goals each, and juniors Ryan Scott and Taylor Mellick each scored one.
Kimball junior goalie Conner Miller had nine saves, and Tracy senior goalies Chaz Samaniego and Vincent Mello had three and six saves respectively.
Kimball’s varsity girls beat Tracy 16-2. The Jaguar girls (5-2) shut out Tracy (2-1) through most of the first half. Juniors Courtney Moberg, Taylor Widner and Tahnee Trew led Kimball’s offensive attack in the first quarter to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead. Kimball was ahead 9-0 near the end of the second half when sophomore Lane Fishburn scored the first goal for Tracy.
Kimball junior Megan Schwab also forced repeated turnovers through the first half to keep Tracy off of the scoreboard.
“We’re playing as a team more,” Schwab said. “We’ve been working on defense a lot, and we’ve really stepped that up, and our offense has gotten better too.”
Moberg, Trew and junior Alexis Clark each scored three goals for Kimball, and Widner and senior Jhacky Romero scored two each and Schwab, senior Morgan Fauchier and junior Tori Gomez scored one each. Tracy High senior Dallyce Marglon made 10 saves in the goal and also scored Tracy’s second goal in the fourth quarter. Kimball sophomore goalie A.J. Lee had seven saves.
Kimball girls coach Matt Gumpert said the big test comes on Thursday, Sept. 26, against defending VOL champion Oakdale
“It’s going to be really physical,” Gumpert said. “Both styles are very similar. It’s a very opportunistic defensive style.”
Tracy won the junior varsity boys game 13-6, and Kimball’s junior varsity girls beat Tracy 12-5.
Kimball’s games against Oakdale on Thursday begin at 4 p.m. with the junior varsity girls. Next up for Tracy is another crosstown match at West High on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting with the varsity girls at 3:30 p.m.
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