Some of the top girls water polo teams in California and Oregon converged in Modesto and the surrounding areas Friday for the two-day Western States Invitational. Playing in the Silver Division, Turlock, pictured in its opener against St. Mary’s at Ripon High, beat the Rams 9-3. The Bulldogs lost their second game, 7-3, to Buhach Colony. A victory Saturday morning against Kimball at Oakdale High will land Turlock in the fifth-place game. Merced and Buhach Colony went 2-0 and are still alive for a Silver Division title. Play continues Saturday at Johansen (Platinum Division), Downey (Gold), where El Capitan is still alive for a title, Ripon and Oakdale (Silver), Enochs (Blue), where Pitman is still alive for a championship, and Pitman (Red). Play continues early Saturday morning with placement games beginning at noon.
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