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Oakmont’s defense clamps down on Bella Vista

Vikings in girls water polo playoffs for first time in 14 years
By: Staff reports
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The scoreboard didn’t show shutout, but Oakmont High School’s defense pitched one for all intents and purposes.

The Vikings, who allowed 44, 49 and 60 points in nonleague games, held Bella Vista to fewer than 175 total yards in a 24-10 Capital Valley Conference victory Friday night in Fair Oaks.

The Broncos (3-6, 0-4) scored on an interception return by Michael White, and an interception by Nick Fogal inside the Oakmont red zone led to a field goal.

“Our defense stuffed them on three plays (after the interception),” Oakmont coach Tim Moore said. “The defense has been playing pretty awesome. Our defense has been holding teams to a lot less than what they used to. I was totally proud of our defense.”

Aman Jagait had two of Oakmont’s three interceptions and took the CVC lead with five. James Lunardelli also had an interception, and Jordan Harris caused a fumble during a sack. Erick Bowman made the recovery for Oakmont (2-7, 2-2).

On offense, quarterback Ryan Shields completed 12 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns — 13 yards to Harris and 16 yards to Johnny Bullock. Justin Hyde also scored on a two-yard run. Parker carried 10 times for 77 yards, and Trey Olsen had three receptions for 63 yards.

Delta 27, Valley Christian 0 — The Lions (1-8, 1-7 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) fell to the Saints in their season finale in Clarksburg.

Nick Norwood made 14 solo tackles and 15 total, but Valley Christian couldn’t stop Vince Heffington, who rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 21 carries.

Wright Hagerty and Jordan Stoever each made seven tackles and Caleb VanPatten had an interception for the Lions. Teagan Mowry carried 13 times for 50 yards.

Girls tennis

CVC Singles Tournament — Sheela Kotigiri of Oakmont won a conference championship in the No. 5 singles bracket, and Ali Doerr and Lauren Griffin each finished second at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Griffin lost a three-set match in the finals.

No. 1 Megan Sullivan and No. 2 Kate Smith each won in the first round and lost in the second round. Sullivan fell 6-4, 5-7, 3-6.

Aria Sherazee lost in three sets in the No. 6 semifinals.

Oakmont defeated Manteca 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II team tennis playoffs and will meet Mira Loma at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Del Norte Racquet Club.

Girls water polo

Oakmont 16, Rio Linda 4 — The Vikings (8-2 CVC) blew out the Knights to finish second in the CVC and qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Oakmont will play Oakdale at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Woodcreek in the first round of the Division II playoffs.

Freshman Rebecca Brandt scored four goals and had an assist and a steal for the Vikings. Hannah Woster had three goals and four steals, and Mady Taylor and Brigid Wheeler scored three goals each.

Volleyball

Nevada Union 3, Roseville 1 — Sophomore Leslie Pease, new to the middle hitter position, had 11 kills and 10 blocks in what coach Ron Grove said was “probably her best game of the year,” but the Tigers fell to the Miners 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22.

Kirsten Merlino led Roseville with 13 kills, and Kelsey Starr had eight. Amanda Susbilla had 20 digs and Marrisa Dumford 10.