Buhach water polo team opts to play

ATWATER -- Buhach Colony boys water polo coach Rodd Parker says his team will play its scheduled game today against Los Banos.

Parker's team will play with heavy hearts with teammate Eric Baker hospitalized.

"It's definitely tough to focus on water polo when you have something like this happen," Parker said. "We're more or less a family, and it's tough to see a member of your family get hurt like that.

"But our team has rallied together, and we're ready to play."

Baker suffered head and neck injuries during a tournament over the weekend when he dived head first into the shallow end of the Johansen pool to warm up before a game.

Baker's parents have declined to comment.

A source close to the team said the senior was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with a cranial fracture and compressed vertebrae.

Baker wasn't transported to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, as previously reported. However, according to a school employee, Baker was waiting to be moved to the UC Davis Medical Center to undergo surgery to have two vertebrae fused.

Parker is awaiting permission from the family to comment on the extent of Baker's injuries.


RIPON 5, HUGHSON 2, at Ripon -- Jared Berglund assisted on both of Eric Cavanaugh's goals, and Cavanaugh assisted on Berglund's in the second half as the Indians (13-7-1, 8-2-1 TVL) pulled away from the Huskies (2-9 TVL).

RIVERBANK 7, MODESTO CHR. 0, at Riverbank -- Edeer Zamora scored twice and Ivan Zamudio had a goal and an assist in the Bruins' TVL win over the Crusaders.

MARIPOSA 2, LE GRAND 1, at Mariposa -- The Grizzlies (6-2-2 Southern League) scored twice in the final two minutes to pull within one point of the Bulldogs (7-2-1) in the league standings. Jesus Ortiz tied the game after an Alec Waheed throw-in ricocheted off the goalkeeper, off the crossbar and to Ortiz in front of the net. Ortiz trapped the ball with his chest and volleyed it home. Jonathon Gonzales put Mariposa ahead when he received a diagonal cross from Ryland Radanovich and pushed it past the goalkeeper.


ORESTIMBA 3, PATTERSON 0, at Orestimba -- Trailing 24-22 in the first game, the Warriors (16-7, 9-2 Western Athletic Conference) came back to win and then put away the Tigers (1-10 WAC) 26-24, 25-15, 25-9.

HILMAR 3, LIVINGSTON 0, at Hilmar -- Caitlin Benning's nine kills and three blocks led the Yellowjackets (11-0 WAC) to a 25-19, 25-11, 25-15 win over the Wolves. Stesha Brazil had five aces.

MARIPOSA 3, Le GRAND 2, at Mariposa -- Hannah Jay had 19 kills and Gab Forga 54 assists to lead Mariposa to a 17-25, 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 15-9 victory that moved the Grizzlies (9-1) into a tie for first with the Bulldogs (9-1) in the Southern League. Brana Giampaoli's 10 kills and Megan Tilton's 21 blocks led Le Grand.

OAKDALE 3, SIERRA 0, at Oakdale -- Alexis Evans had 13 digs and 12 kills and Jackee Lee 31 assists in the Mustangs' (8-1 VOL) 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 victory over the Timberwolves (7-3 VOL).

Bee staff contributed to this report.