The Amador High School boys water polo team went the extra mile to secure a second straight trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Due to a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, Amador had to reschedule its final regular season game against Calaveras, originally scheduled to be played at home on Tuesday, October 29, for the following day at Calaveras.
Needing a win to force a tiebreaker game for the Mother Lode League’s second and final playoff spot, Amador defeated Calaveras 11-6 in a match that started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Following that win, Amador players hopped on a bus and drove over to Angels Camp to play the tiebreaker game, which started around 7 p.m.
Despite the improvised road trip and playing their second game of the day, the Buffaloes defeated Bret Harte 7-3 to earn a second place finish in the MLL and qualify for the playoffs.
Tucker Farrar led the team in scoring against Calaveras and Bret Harte with six goals on the day. Dylan Farrar and Gavin Miller each scored two goals against Bret Harte, but as coach Ron Hood said, “It was really the combined team defense that carried the day, holding Bret Harte to three goals.”
The Amador girls didn’t need a tiebreaker game to earn a spot in the playoffs, wrapping up a second-place finish in league play and a playoff spot with a 13-12 win over Calaveras on Wednesday, October 30 in San Andreas. Captain Brandy Bassham led the Buffaloes, scoring five goals, and sophomore Jacquie Garcia also played well for Amador.
Sonora finished first in the MLL in the boys and girls divisions.
The Amador boys are seeded eighth out of eight teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs and face top-seeded El Capitan of Merced at 5:30 p.m. this Friday, November 8 in the quarterfinals. The playoffs continue with semifinals at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13 at Tokay High School in Lodi and finals at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 16 at Roseville Aquatic Complex (see full brackets at cifsjs.org).
The Amador girls are the No. 7 seed and opened the Division III playoffs at No. 2 Ripon on Thursday, November 7. The girls playoffs continue with semifinals at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12 at Johansen High School in Modesto and finals at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 16 at Roseville Aquatic Complex (see full brackets at cifsjs.org).
“Both girls and boys teams have talented core players, so the future looks optimistic for water polo going forward,” Hood said.