Playing their first game since Halloween, the Davis High boys water polo team didn’t look a bit rusty on Saturday, demolishing Rodriguez, 25-3, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs,
In the pool at Johansen High school, the Blue Devils improved to 22-6 on the season by taking an 8-1 advantage after one period and leading 15-1 at halftime.
“It was a great opportunity to get everyone involved,” said DHS coach Tracy Stapleton. “It was the first game for us since Oct. 31 against Rio Americano so we used the first half to work on our transition and front court — with particular attention on spacing and balance. We did an excellent job of distributing the ball and utilizing space.”
The good ball movement helped an amazing 11 different Devils get goals, paced by senior Garrett Fisk, who rattled the cage six times.
Freshman Cameron Wright added four goals for the locals, senior Valente Dolcini and junior Bradley Nicholson each had hat tricks, while 11th-graders Conrad McCarthy and freshman Daniel Alvarez scored two apiece. Singles tallies from Graham Fullerton, Ben Diamant, Alex Borowsky, Gabriel Leal and Nick Masson rounded out the Blue Devils offense.
No. 1 seed DHS advances to take on Merced at noon on Monday at Tokay High in Lodi. The Bears defeated Downey, 22-10, in their first-round contest on Saturday.