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Sonora represents Stanislaus District's last hope in water polo tournament

Eight boys water polo teams are headed to Turlock's Pitman High School for today's championship round of the DeLong Memorial Tournament, but only one will be from the Stanislaus District.

While Sonora earned its way into the final eight, the waters proved rough Friday for the other 13 area teams entered in the two-day, 32-team tournament, which was held at Johansen, Tokay of Lodi and Pitman.

Sonora defeated Reno, 11-10, and tournament host Johansen, 11-7, and will join Granite Bay, Foothill of Pleasanton, Newberg of Oregon, Clayton Valley of Concord, Ponderosa of Shingle Springs, Del Oro of Loomis and Marin Catholic of Kentfield in the championship round at Pitman.

Johansen opened the day with a 10-7 victory over Casa Roble of Orangevale behind six goals from Kyle Sessa and three from Max Green. The Vikings (16-10) failed to secure themselves a trip to Pitman thanks to an 11-7 loss to Sonora. Colby Phipps scored four goals for Johansen.

"In the first game, we got up 4-0 against (Casa Roble) and I got a chance to play everybody, which was nice," Johansen coach Brent Bohlender said of his team's win. "Sonora is a very good team, a very well-coached team, It was actually a little bit closer than I thought it would be, but overall the boys did fine."

Johansen, Oakdale, Buhach Colony, Pitman, Turlock, Liberty of Brentwood, Clovis North and Golden West of Visalia will compete for places nine through 16 today at Johansen.

Turlock, playing at Pitman, began the day with a 15-12 win over Amador Valley of Pleasanton that featured seven goals from Chris Callahan and five goals from Taylor Sellers.

"When (Callahan's) on his game, it opens things up for teammates," Turlock coach Steve Feaver said.

But Turlock (15-7) unraveled later in the day in a 15-7 loss to Del Oro. Callahan had four goals and Sellers three for the Bulldogs.

"We were outplayed in just about every phase of the game," said Feaver. "Taylor Sellers made things happen for us, but we didn't respond as a team. We need to learn from our mistakes and apply that knowledge to our future play."

Pitman, playing at home, pinned an 18-0 loss on Central Catholic -- Colby Hester scored four goals and Ian Roos three in the win for the Pride -- before falling to Newberg, 10-3.

For Friday's scores and today's schedule, visit modesto-stanislauswp.com.

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