Girls fall by 16 while boys lose by 15

The Taft girls water polo team was in search of their second league victory Thursday afternoon. That quest continued after falling 21-5 to Sierra Pacific at Hanford West.

With the loss, Taft falls to 1-2 in the East Sequoia League.

Sierra Pacific set the tone in the first quarter when they erupted for six goals while Taft was held to one. Sierra Pacific followed with six goals in the second quarter and five in third quarter.

In the meantime, Taft was held to two goals in the second and third quarters. Sierra Pacific wrapped up the scoring with four goals in the fourth quarter.

Jocee Dunham led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with two goals while Reece Hamilton, Julie Heimiller and Olivia Ortlieb each had one. Heimiller led in steals with 3 while Kerrigan Yancey and Dunham each had 2.

Courtney Tweedy, Kelsey Lietemberger and Sofia Nenadovic each had 1. Heimiller had an assist while Reagan Hamilton had 8 saves. Sharp had 1.  

Boys fall by 15

The Taft varsity boys followed the same path as the girls Thursday with a 28-13 loss to Sierra Pacific at Hanford West.

“Rarely do games have this many goals but this was no ordinary game,” said Taft coach Nathan Usrey.

With the loss, Taft falls to 1-2 in the East Sequoia League.

Sierra Pacific had a theme going throughout the course of the game by scoring seven goals in each quarter. Meanwhile, Taft scored three in the second quarter and five in the third and fourth quarters.

Sam Barnes led the charge for the Wildcats by scoring eight goals.

“Sam is proving to show team leadership by his commitment to self control pin spite of the environment that water polo can sometimes foster,” said Usrey.

Paul Barretto followed with two goals scored, while Saul Garcia, Alex Toro and Paul Pitts (with his coming across from the other side of the pool with one second left in the game) each scored a goal.

Garcia led the charge with 3 assists while James Stith and CJ Green each had 2. Barnes, Gary Buchanan and Toro each had 1.

The boys return home Tuesday afternoon to face Bakersfield Christian.The match starts at 4:30 p.m.