Rocklin girls water polo second at Silver State Shootout

Thunder off to great start
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin’s varsity girls water polo team placed second at the Silver State Shootout tournament in Reno, Nev., this past weekend after pulling off a 10-9 victory against Nevada Union in overtime. “They know how to pull it together,” said assistant coach Teresa Guinn. The Thunder also beat Tracy (13-5) and Washington High School (Fremont) 12-8 before heading into the finals against Kearns. Kearns is a year-round team from Utah and took the tournament championship 15-3. Head coach Nicki Simmons said Rocklin had never finished better at the tournament. Currently, the Thunder has scored 67 goals, 21 more than at this point last year. As offensive forces, juniors Aelish Guinn and Kaylyn Brest lead the team in scoring while seniors Ally Bronte, Jenny Clark and Emily Benny have juggled offensive and defensive positions. Juniors Hayley Reimers and Maddi Cowley have transitioned smoothly from the junior varsity level and sophomore goalie Annalese “Milk” McGovern has made crucial saves for the Thunder. Rocklin currently holds victories against Bella Vista and Whitney (16-6) and lost to El Camino (9-5) in preseason competition. The Thunder opened league play last week with a 14-8 loss to Bear River. WHITNEY Whitney High girls water polo was 1-3-0 on the season standings after attending Sierra College’s Sierra Shootout last week. The Wildcats faced Oakmont Saturday and fell 8-6 against the Vikings. It was the same score Whitney won by playing Oakmont just days earlier. Prior to playing Roseville, Whitney had losses to Nevada Union (13-4) and Rocklin (16-6). The Wildcats next play Antelope Friday. BOYS The Whitney boys lost 12-7 to Oakmont during the Bear River tournament this past week. The Wildcats next play at Antelope Friday. “We expect to compete with Rio (Americano) and El Camino and against Mira Loma and Antelope. With hard work, we plan to come on top and win,” said Whitney head coach Mike Chavez.