Prep water polo

Deep waters

Golden Eagles are off to a flying start in the pool
By: Jeff Nicholson
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The Del Oro boys water polo team is off to a strong start to its 2017 season.

Under the guidance of coach Jake Hastie, the Golden Eagles defeated Roseville last week in a non-league match, 19-8, and then went on to post a solid 4-1 record and finish in 9th place in the 64-team at the Sierra Shootout Tournament.

“The kids did a great job last week,” said Hastie. “Grady Callahan and Ryan Clark wwere our leaders on offense and Wyatt Jackson led the defense.”

In the win over Roseville, nine different Golden Eagle players found the back of the net with goals. Leading the charge for Del Oro was Clark who had a big afternoon with six goals and Callahan who added four.

Also getting into the scoring act for Del Oro were Nick O’Shea with a pair of scores and Brady Shaw, Ben Porter, Hunter Jeppson, Wyatt Jackson,  Jackson Stanwick and Max Higginbotham, all with one score apiece.

Del Oro was also impressive in the Sierra Shootout which was held in pools at Sierra College, Del Oro and Rocklin.

The Golden Eagles opened with a 10-3 win over El Capitan of Merced with a six-goal third quarter highlighting the victory. Clark and Callahan both scored three goals apiece while Jackson added a pair.

Following a 10-7 loss to Sierra Foothill League rival Rocklin, the Golden Eagles bounced back to trip Sonora, 11-10, as Callahan led the offense with five tallies and Max Berkowitz chipped in with three.

Del Oro then followed with a 13-6 win over Atwater with the Clark-Callahan duo scouting for four and three goals respectively.

In its final game of the tournament, Del Oro outscored Bishop O’ Dowd of Oakland 4-2 in the pivotal fourth quarter to take a tough 11-8 win over the Dragons. Callahan and Clark both netted four goals apiece while Jackson, O’Shea and Andrew Howard all tallied one each. Del Oro goal keeper Evan Daley also played well.

The Golden Eagles opened SFL play Wednesday with a match at Oak Ridge. Next Wedensday, Sept. 29, Del Oro will play host to Woodcreek in another SFL match.

Del Oro Girls 14 Roseville 11

In a high scoring girls varsity match, Del Oro took the double overtime home pool win over the visiting Tigers.  This weekend, Del Oro will compete in the Sierra Shootout girls tournament hosted by Sierra College