Water polo

Calaveras goalie Simone Pasolli rises out of the water to make a save in Thursday’s game against McNair.

The Argonaut High School girls golf team’s dreams of winning a league championship will be put to the test this week.

Coming off of a victory over Waterford in Valley Foothill League North division play last Thursday at Castle Oaks Golf Course, Argonaut travels to Angels Camp on Tuesday for a match against defending VFL North champion Bret Harte. Then on Thursday, Argonaut will return home to host fellow VFL North title contender Ripon, who enters this week unbeaten in league play.

Argonaut improved to 3-1 in VFL North play – one back of co-leaders Escalon and Ripon – with Thursday’s 219-264 victory over Waterford. The Mustangs were led by rapidly-rising junior Kate Johnson, who shot a 49 to earn match medalist honors for the third time in four league matches.

“(She) continues to get better every match,” Argonaut coach Mike Alcoriza said.

Johnson was followed by senior Kaylee Weaver with a 50, senior Gracie Sandoval with a 54 and freshman Julia Votaw, who shot a 66 for another personal best.

Varsity Football

Calaveras 42, Modesto Christian 8

Calaveras had its way with the Crusaders on Friday night in Modesto, earning win No. 1 for first-year head coach Doug Clark.

Senior quarterback Nolan Dart got the rout rolling with a pair of long, early touchdown passes, hooking up with senior Jonny Lozano for a 55-yard score and connecting with junior Jake Blake on a 27-yard touchdown.

It was a big bounce back game for Calaveras (1-1), sandwiched between last week’s season-opening loss to Escalon and another tough test against a likely playoff team this Friday, when Ripon visits Calaveras.

“This win means a lot for us,” Lozano said. “(It) will definitely boost our confidence and we will carry that over for this week’s big game against Ripon.”

Boys Water Polo

Calaveras 18, McNair 4

Calaveras dominated Thursday’s non-league game against McNair. Max Brant led the scoring onslaught for CHS with six goals; co-captain Wyatt Moore scored four goals; Zach Zahniser scored three goals; co-captain Owen Murphy scored two goals; and Jackson Bagneschi, Bradley Fuller and Tyler Statzell scored one goal each.

Foreign Exchange student Simone Pasolli played well in his debut as the starting goalie for CHS. Veteran goalie Allen Ramos did not allow any goals in his time as goalkeeper in Thursday’s game. 

“Even though we came away with a win, there is still room for improvement from the boys team,” Calaveras coach Stacey Bagneschi said.

“I wanted to also say thank you to Kaitlyn  Butler for helping me on deck as an assistant coach (at the game).” 

Girls Water Polo

McNair 16, Calaveras 15

The Calaveras girls came up just short in Thursday’s non-league game as McNair netted the winning goal in the final minutes of play.

Team co-captain Jamie Smith had a big day for Calaveras, scoring nine of the team’s 15 goals with one assist. Also for Calaveras, Rachel Zermeno had three goals and four assists; and Madi Hedger scored three goals.

Defensively, co-captain Cora Heusel played well in her first game as goalie.

“I expect great things from our returning starting lineup and can see lots of potential with all of our new girls,” Calaveras coach Stacey Bagneschi said.

JV Football

Liberty Ranch 46, Amador 20

Friday’s loss in Galt brought an end to an impressive 14-game overall winning streak for the Amador JV football program.

“They were a great team and very well coached,” Amador coach Matt Kantack said of Liberty Ranch. “We will keep working to get better.”

The Amador JV football team went 10-0 in 2018 and opened the 2019 season with two straight wins. Prior to Friday’s game, the last loss for an Amador JV football team came on October 20, 2017 against Calaveras.

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