The Atwater High cross country team had plenty to celebrate on Wednesday. The Falcons boys and girls swept the Central California Conference’s second center meet at Patterson High.
The Atwater boys edged out Merced 34 to 37 in a closely contested meet. It was the same one-two finish in the girls race with the Falcons finishing with 30 points and the Bears with 36.
The Atwater boys had five of the top 10 times on the course. The Falcons were led by junior Eric Maldonado, who finished second with a time of 15 minutes and 27.4 seconds.
Atwater’s Tanner Bristow (15:45.8) placed sixth and Zachary Pickle (15:52.1) finished eighth.
Merced senior Cole McKain finished first with a time of 15:06.3. McKain also won the first center meet at Atwater. Buhach Colony’s Jimmie Summers finished third with a time of 15:29.5.
The Falcons boys have won the first two center meets.
The Atwater girls also had five of the top 10 times with Elizabeth Garner placing second with a time of 19:10.5. Atwater’s Cristal Santoyo (19:33.3) placed fourth and Allison Garner (19:38.9) came in sixth.
Merced’s Izabel Perez-Zoghibi won the race with a time of 17:46.2. Bears teammate Celeste Magana-Casillas (19:17.8) finished third. Perez-Zoghibi also has won both CCC center meets.
The Merced and Atwater girls have swapped first- and second-place finishes in the first two center meets.
Merced 3, Buhach Colony 0 in Atwater — The Bears went on the road and pulled an upset with a 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 win over the Thunder.
Merced (5-3 CCC) was led by Ellie Hamm’s nine kills. Roxy Fountain added 11 digs and Aleena Jimenez served up five aces for the Bears.
The Thunder (7-2) were led by Maggie Seifert, who finished with 11 kills, 10 digs and two aces. Karlee King had five blocks and two aces for BC.
El Capitan 3, Golden Valley 0 in Merced — Yatzary Lua recorded 13 kills and 10 digs as the Gauchos swept Golden Valley 25-8, 25-23, 25-21 at Cougar Arena.
Natalie Collins added nine kills, 16 assists and 11 digs for the Gauchos, who improved to 9-0 in the CCC.
Stone Ridge Christian 3, Big Valley Christian 0 in Merced — Maartje Vander Dussen finished with 13 kills as the Knights defeated the Lions 25-8, 25-18, 25-22 to improve to 9-0 in the Central California Athletic Alliance.
Caitlyn Cole finished with 14 digs and Brooke Wareham added 15 assists for SRC.
Merced 287, Golden Valley 306 in Chowchilla — Kat Arceo carded a 52 and Lauren Palumbo turned in a round of 53 as the Bears improved to 11-0 in the CCC with a win over the Cougars at Pheasant Run Golf Course. Yaya Acanda turned in the top round for Golden Valley (9-3 CCC) with a 57.
Women’s Water Polo
Merced College 18, Las Positas 8 in Livermore — The Blue Devils (8-3) were led by Nicole Groteguth, Madaline Hall and Stephanie Hart, who all scored four goals. Leah Trainor and Riley Gresham both chipped in two goals and two assists.
The Blue Devils will host NorCal No. 1 West Valley on Wednesday at Merced College at 5 p.m.