Merced water polo teams go undefeated

Sun-Star staff reportOctober 25, 2012 

The Merced water polo programs had plenty to celebrate as the regular season came to a close on Thursday night.

The Bears boys and girls finished up perfect 10-0 runs through the Central California Conference.

The Merced boys defeated Golden Valley 19-10 behind eight goals from Brett Fogelberg.

Alison Miller and Denise Gilpatrick both scored five goals as the girls handed the Cougars a 13-1 defeat.

"I've been there a lot of years and I'm not sure that's happened before in the same year," said Merced boys coach Steve Eccles, whose team improved to 24-3 overall. "I know it's been eight years since the boys went undefeated. It's a tribute to a lot of the success we've had with the swim program."

The Bears have been dominating the swimming titles the past couple years in the CCC.

Their hard work in the pool has paid off in water polo.

Isaac Santana finished with seven assists for Merced as he helped set Fogelberg up for many of his goals. Matt Cagle had a nice all-around game as he recorded two goals, four assists and five steals.

Golden Valley (4-6 CCC) still has a shot to make the playoffs. The Cougars finished in a three-way tie for third place with Buhach Colony and Turlock.

There will be a three-way coin toss to determine which team will advance to the playoffs.

Atwater will go in as the No. 2 seed after defeating the Thunder 13-8 on Thursday at Buhach Colony.

Hans Van Warmderdam and Josh Heller each scored four goals for the Falcons (8-2, 20-10). It's Atwater's first playoff appearance in eight years.

Andrew Blackwood scored six goals for the Thunder.

The Buhach Colony girls defeated Atwater 13-12 to improve to 8-2 in the CCC. Noelle Farrar scored three goals and came away with eight steals.

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