Prep Roundup: Bruins on cusp of water polo playoff berth
Bear River jumped out front in the first period, scoring seven goals to Rocklin’s three, to take control of a 19-11 win in the final regular-season boys water polo match for the Bruins.
And with some help from Sierra Foothill League foe Roseville, the Bruins now have a shot at making school history.
Following the win, Bear River needed help from Roseville High School to stay in the hunt for the section playoffs. Roseville came through with a 15-10 win over Del Oro, which put the Bruins in a tie for third place against the Golden Eagles, as each own a 7-5 SFL record.
The two teams will meet at 9 p.m. Tuesday against Del Oro at Woodcreek High School. The winner will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, which would be a first for the Bear River program, which is in its third year of competition.
“That would be quite an accomplishment for us,” said Bruin coach Alan Eggers.
Rocklin came back to outscore Bear River 6-4 in the second quarter Thursday, bringing the match to 11-9 at halftime. But Bear River beat the Thunder three goals to one in the third and added five more goals in the final period to secure the win.
Jake Armstrong and Justin Brown each had five goals for Bear River, while Travis Marks added three scores. Sammy Aquilar and Josh Cutter each had two goals, while Justin Duffy and John Ross each also scored for Bear River. Josh Brown had five saves for the Bruins.
Jordan Booth had six goals to lead Rocklin.
Forest Lake Christian 3, Sacramento Waldorf 0
Keeping a firm hold on second place in the Central Valley California League standings, Forest Lake Christian’s varsity volleyball team swept through visiting Sacramento Waldorf Thursday 25-10, 25-16, 25-14.
The Falcons (13-10 overall, 8-2 CVCL) could vie for a potential tie for first place, if league-leading Woodland Christian (11-6, 6-1) fell to Victory Christian (12-9, 5-3) Thursday, FLC coach Travis Smith said.
But regardless of the final standings, Smith was pleased with his team’s final regular-season performance with the playoffs right around the corner.
“Tonight was by far one of our better matches we’ve put together this year,” he said. “All around, it was a great night.”
Morgan Koch, a freshman, had eight kills and five blocks in the middle, along with five digs and four aces. Seniors Molly Huusfeldt (five kills, nine assists) and Laura Ritchart (three kills, 13 digs) also had strong games, while freshman Aly English added two kills and six assists.
Nevada Union 3, Woodcreek 0
The Lady Miners made quick work of host Woodcreek Thursday night, topping the T’wolves 25-19, 25-11, 25-11 to improve to 5-4 in Sierra Foothill League play.
Nevada Union (21-10 overall) was led by Tessa Butterfield’s eight kills and four aces, along with a stuff block. Sierra Bell had four kills and a block, while Victoria Kuhn served up four aces. Marnie McDowell totaled five kills and three blocks, while Leila Whaley added four kills.
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