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Garces girls water polo advances to D-II finals, boys fall in D-I semifinals

It’s title time for the Garces girls water polo team.

The Rams will host East Yosemite League rival Porterville-Monache in the Central Section Division I championships on Saturday at the Salvucci Aquatics Center after No. 1 Garces beat No. 4 Paso Robles 8-4 in the semifinals at home on Wednesday.

Isabella Garcia led the way with three goals for Garces as the Rams built a 4-0 lead at the half and led 8-2 before the Bearcats scored the final two goals in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter.

“I am so excited,” senior Mia Sill said. “This is the first time since 2014 that we are going to Valley.”

Sill’s goal scored came after Paso Robles broke the shutout for Ellie Waguespack, who had seven saves.

Jasmine Gorman, Bella Negre, Lily Alsop and Abby Schechter all scored a goal for Garces.

The time for Saturday’s final is not set. Continue to check the Garces athletics Twitter account (@GarcesAthletics) Thursday morning for the updated time.

“There is a lot of nervous, but I am so excited because I love these girls more than anything,” Sills said. 

Boys fall in semifinals on the road

Garces head coach Jason Gall got in the car right after the conclusion of the girls semifinals and was in Fresno for the boys semifinals game 30 minutes before the start.

The 3rd-seeded Rams were at No. 2 Clovis West in the D-I semifinals.

And for nearly three quarters, it looked like it would be another big double-header for the head coach, but the Rams lost, 14-12.

Joe Starr scored all three of his team-high three goals in the first half, as the Rams went into intermission with an 8-7 lead.

But Clovis West outscored the Rams 8-4 in the second half as the Golden Eagles are at No. 1 Clovis-Buchanan in the finals on Saturday.

The Rams will await their fate in the CIF Northern California regional playoffs that will be announced on Sunday.

Rory Begin, George Rice and Logan Kennedy scored twice for Garces. Austin Galanski, Adam Gregory and Peter Gonzalez also scored for Garces.

Nate James had seven saves for the Rams. 

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