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Trojans advance to second round of water polo playoffs

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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The Oak Ridge boys’ water polo team is a win away from equaling last year’s accomplishment of reaching the Sac-Joaquin section semi-finals. The Trojans face Turlock at 1 p.m. today at Tokay High School with the winner advancing to the semi-finals where Jesuit will likely be the opponent. Oak Ridge opened the playoffs Saturday with a 22-7 win over Lincoln of Stockton, the No. 2 team out of the San Joaquin Athletic Association. The Trojans are the third team out of the Delta Valley Conference behind Jesuit and Davis. Garrison Yeandle and Josh Verner led the way against Lincoln with six goals each. Bryan Cole added three goals, while Kyle Bare, Austin Lee, Carson Willms, Bryan Bare, Jason Stein, Michael Tharratt and Trevor Dong each added one goal. Jeremy Chambliss limited Lincoln to seven goals with solid play in goal. “It was a fun game,” Oak Ridge coach Don McCormick said. “We expected to win the game, but not by that wide of margin. We stressed the counterattack and that’s how Garrison and Josh got a lot of their goals. We have the capability to work the counterattack with our speed and depth, but we need to do more of it.” Oak Ridge’s varsity girls’ team saw its season come to an end on Friday, as they lost a first-round playoff match to Vintage, the Monticello Empire League champions. Oak Ridge, the No. 3 team out of the Delta Valley Conference behind Davis and St. Francis, lost to Vintage, 10-7. Amanda Jones scored six goals for the Lady Trojans, while Emily Uthoff added the other. "We were up at 4-1 at one point, but let them back in it," Oak Ridge coach Tim McCormick said. "They tied the match at four and then went up 6-4 and we tied the match at six and it was tied again at seven, but in the last quarter they pulled away. The girls played well. We just made a couple errors and they countered us." McCormick said the team had a good season. "The season went better than I thought. I think we finished up 24-14. Reaching sections was one of our goals and we achieved that, but another one of our goals was winning that first playoff match and we fell a little bit short of that."