The Oakdale High girls water polo team won its two matches on Friday to keep its title hopes alive at the prestigious Western States Invitational being played at several high school pools throughout Stanislaus County.
The Mustangs are the only Modesto-area team remaining with a shot at the title and will play Clovis North at Johansen High School starting at 8:15 a.m. today
Matches at Johansen (places 1 through 8), Oakdale (9-16), Downey (17-24) and Beyer (25-32) start at 7:45 a.m. The matches will take place all day with placement games scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. All championships in each group are scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.
In its first game on Friday, Oakdale beat Lodi 10-3 and followed that by handing Livermore a 12-10 defeat.
Merced opened the tournament with a 9-3 victory and had a shot at the top bracket. However, the Bears fell to Lincoln of Oregon 5-1. They will play for a shot at ninth place this morning starting with a 7:30 a.m. contest against Tamalpais.
In winning the third of three straight Western States titles, the 1999 Johansen squad was the last Modesto-area team to win the tournament, which draws teams from throughout California and Oregon.
For today's schedule, Friday's scores and tournament information, go to http://ms.aquanite.com and mouse over "tournaments" in the top navigation bar.
STANISLAUS WOMEN CONTINUE ROLL, at Carson Karenee Demery scored two goals in the first five minues as Cal State Stanislaus remained unbeaten with a 4-0 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday.
Demery open the scoring 66 seconds into the match in Carson and followed up three minutes later when she picked up a loose ball and beat the keeper to the far post from about eight yards out.
The Warriors, ranked seventh nationally, improved to 10-0-1 overall, 8-0-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Dominguez Hills fell to 4-6-1, 3-5-1.
The Warriors final two goals came on an own goal about 17 minutes into the game and a Sabrina Williamson tally off a cross from Demery in the 47th minute. Chelsea Lewandowski recorded a clean sheet and had six saves.
STANISLAUS MEN ALL, at Carson Jose Ramirez scored twice in the second half to help send the game into overtime, but Dominguez Hills outlasted the Warriors 4-3.
Down 3-1, Ramirez's scored in the 59th minute and then once more with less than four minutes left to force overtime. However, CSUDH's Alejand Covarrubias sent home the sudden victory goal 5:32 into the first extra time.
The Warriors dropped to 4-6-1 overall and 3-6-0 in the CCAA. Cal State Dominguez Hills is 7-2-2, 5-2-2.
MJC MEN RALLY, WOMEN SETTLE FOR TIE, at Modesto State goals leader Francisco Chavez had two tallies as the men's team overcame an early deficit to beat Diablo Valley College 3-1 on Friday. Luis Martinez-Stucci had a goal, Edgar Martinez and Adrian Cano each had an assist and Edgar Martinez recorded nine saves.
In the women's game, Pirates goalkeeper Ashley Almeida had four saves as MJC tied DVC 0-0.
STANISLAUS ENDS SKID, at Turlock The Warriors (5-12, 2-7 CCAA) snapped a five-match skid with a three-set win over Cal State Dominguez Hills. Blair Ehrlich had 12 kills and 11 digs, Jocelyn Cervantes had 10 kills and Pagie Walker had 5 kills to lead Stanislaus. The Toros (8-8, 1-7 CCAA) were led by Elizabeth Krieger with 13 kills.
COLUMBIA WINS IN 5 Lauren Lane had 10 kills and Miranda Storre added six blocks as teh Claim Jumpers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat West Hills 25-11, 21-25, 16-25, 25-11, 15-3. An aggressive attack in the final two games helped Columbia even its overall record to 7-7, 1-4 in conference.
STANISLAUS STATE, at San Francisco The Stanislaus State women won the San Francisco State Invitational on Friday at Golden Gate Park. Dallas Campbell, Rachel Naranjo, Marina Vorderbruegge and Katie Timmermans led the Warriors as they scored 38 points to beat out host SF State (70) and Humboldt State (75), among others.
Campbell finished the 6-kilometer race third overall in 22 minutes, 8.4 seconds. The race was won by former Warrior Courtney Anderson, running unattached, in 21:32.5.
The men's team finished fifth in at 10-team race. Alex Villaescusa was the top Warrior, finishing 17th in 26:08.1 over the 8K course. Humboldt finished first.
Women's water polo
MJC SPLITS TWO Tasha Smith had six goals Friday as the Pirates (7-11) split their two matches at the Modesto Mini Tournament.
In the opener, MJC came back from a 7-5 halftime deficit to beat Saddleback College 10-9. Smith had three goals and Kendell Reilly, Kamarin Waite and Madeline Kelly each had two. Ellisa Williams had nine saves. In the second game, Smith had three goals in a 10-5 loss to Cuesta College. Williams had 13 saves.