ROCKLIN — El Dorado boys water polo coach David Pimentel focused on the future after Saturday’s 23-4 loss to Bella Vista in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs at Whitney High on Saturday.
Afterwards, the Cougars (5-5 Metro Conference, 5-7) were fired up despite the fact the Broncos stampeded from start to finish. Pimentel returns eight of 10 players next season plus those moving up from the frosh/soph squad.
“These kids have a drive to get better,” Pimentel said. “Our team is young but staying together for next year.”
Bella Vista jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and led 17-1 at halftime. Nico Camello scored the Cougars’ lone goal.
In the third, Camello scored his second goal while Dylan Thompson and Kieran Taylor also scored.
In the girls match Thursday, Katryna Holifield scored the Lady Cougars’ goals in the second half of the 16-2 loss to Rio Americano at Woodcreek High. Her second covered half the pool.
“I felt the position of the girl, and I just turned around and fired it,” Holifield said before addressing her second. “I just threw it up in the air and hoped it would go in.”
Though Rio Americano jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 11-0 at halftime, El Dorado (5-3 Metro Conference, 13-7) continued to battle.
“We’ve improved a lot this season,” said Holifield, a senior. “In the four years I’ve played, this is the year that I’m glad to be a part of this team. I’m glad we’ve come so far as a program. It’s great that we finally got to the playoffs.”
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