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Jesuit too much for Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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A successful water polo season came to an end for Oak Ridge High on Nov. 11 when the Trojans were eliminated in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. For the second straight year, conference rival Jesuit defeated the Trojans to bring their season to an end, this time winning comfortably, 17-4. Josh Verner scored a pair of goals in the loss, while Bryan Cole and Cameron Bullock also found the back of the net. Jeremy Chambliss made three saves in goal for the Trojans. The Marauders went on to defeat Davis 6-4 to win the section title. In the quarterfinals the Trojans defeated Turlock 12-9 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Oak Ridge led comfortably throughout with Garrison Yeandle scoring six goals and Verner adding three. Bryan Bare also scored twice, while Cole added one goal. Chambliss made seven saves in goal. “The year before we defeated Turlock in the last minute,” Oak Ridge coach Don McCormick said. “This year we were in control from the start and winning wasn’t a question.” Oak Ridge finished the season with a 25-9 record. “I’m extremely pleased with the season,” McCormick said. “We continued to work to get to the next level. We lose two of our best players in Yeandle and Verner and six seniors altogether, but depth was a reason for our success this year. If we keep working, we will be able to fill the void those guys leave next year.”