The Amador High School boys water polo team is trying to play itself into a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in its first season of eligibility as a member of a league.
On Tuesday in Jackson, Aidan Hood and Tucker Farrar scored five goals each for Amador in a 10-7 victory over Bret Harte at Detert Park. That win pulled the Buffaloes even with the Bullfrogs in second place in the Mother Lode League with two games to go in league play. The top two teams in the MLL at the end of the regular season will advance to the section playoffs.
In Tuesday’s win for Amador (2-2 MLL), Nicolas Keys and Ben Peterson performed well in goal to complement a strong team defense, according to coach Ron Hood.
Prior to the boys game, the Amador girls took on Bret Harte and lost 8-3, getting goals from Brandy Bassham, Mia Riordan and Lucy Kreutzer. The Amador girls are in third place in the four-team MLL, two games back of second place Bret Harte.
Amador runs in Half Moon Bay
The Amador cross country team participated in the Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay last Saturday. Highlighting the day for the Buffaloes was a 12th place finish for junior Mila Opalenik out of 109 runners in the varsity small schools girls race. Opalenik completed the 2.3-mile course in 16 minutes, 11 seconds.
Also for Amador, senior Anthony D’Agostini was the team’s top finisher in the varsity boys small schools race, placing 57th out of 195 runners with a time of 13:58.
Mustangs split tri-match
In a three-way match on Tuesday at Castle Oaks, Argonaut shot a 216 to beat Sonora (244), but lost to Ripon (193). Junior Kaylee Weaver led the Mustangs with a 47, followed by Kate Johnson with a 51, Gracie Sandoval with a 55 and Chloe Crosby with a 63.
Argonaut finished the Valley Foothill League North division dual match season with a 10-6 record. The Mustangs will play in the VFL North end-of-season 18-hole tournament on Monday at Micke Grove in Lodi.
Calaveras 3, Amador 0
Calaveras bounced back from last week’s tough loss to Sonora with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 victory over the Buffaloes on Tuesday evening in Sutter Creek. Junior Keelie Koepp served 16 for 16 with five aces and also had 14 digs for Calaveras. Also for CHS (16-7, 9-3), sophomore Jenna Brotherton had six kills, 10 digs and four assists; senior Sierra Reusche had seven kills and three blocks; sophomore Ava Saiers had 21 assists, five kills and a block; and junior Anna Allain had five digs, three kills and an ace.
Seventh-grade girls basketball
Ione 29, Jackson 13
In Wednesday’s game at Ione, the Colts opened a big lead in the first quarter thanks to a strong full-court pressure defense and crisp passing on the offensive end.
“The girls worked very hard all game long, as usual,” Ione coach Dan Carson said.
Kelsey Patterson scored 16 points to lead Ione, which stayed unbeaten on the season. Also for the Colts (10-0, 7-0 Mother Lode Youth Basketball League), Lily Carson scored seven points.
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