SELMA – The Kingsburg High water polo teams invaded Selma on Thursday and left with two convincing victories.

The Viking boys defeated the Bears 17-3 and the Kingsburg girls took down Selma 17-4.  

The Kingsburg boys led 11-1 at halftime and then scored the first three goals of the third quarter to squelch any thoughts of a Bear comeback.

Despite Kingsburg’s prowess, the Vikings were not completely satisfied.

“We won of course, so that feels good, but I thought we could have done a lot better,” Kingsburg’s Conor Righetti said.

Righetti’s teammate, Joey LeForge, was also not content.

“We won and that’s a plus, but fundamentally I thought we were kind of lazy today,” LeForge said. “We took it a little too easy when we should be working on our fundamentals.”

Kingsburg coach Josh Lee thought his team was a bit cavalier at the outset.

“I was really unhappy with the first quarter, and that’s why I pulled them out of the pool and chewed them out one at a time,” Lee said. “But then they figured it out and started being a lot more disciplined in what they were doing. I was happy with that. We’re a really high-caliber team and have 10 seniors so we should be up there skill-level-wise.”

Satoshi Shinkawa led the Vikings with four goals and Righetti and LeForge had two apiece.

The Kingsburg girls also started slowly, leading 3-1 after a quarter, but increased the lead to 8-1 by halftime.

Selma managed to cut the deficit to 8-3, but three consecutive Kingsburg goals to end the third quarter made it 11-3 Vikings. Selma did not score again until late in the match.

“We were a little slow in the first quarter,” Kingsburg coach Emily Dewey said. “But by the end of the game we were playing much better. We were driving better than in previous games.”

Kingsburg standout Sofia Righetti was pleased with her team’s effort.

“I’m really proud of the way we played,” Righetti said. “We made some good shots.”

Righetti had five goals and six steals to pace Kingsburg. Also for the Vikings, Jessica Burch-Konda had three goals and a steal; Jillian Gipson chipped in with four goals, three assists and two steals; Vierra had two assists; Evan Yakligian managed four goals, three assists and two steals; and Bianca Valenzuela contributed one assist.

For Selma, Audrie Naranjo led with two goals. 

It was a tough day for Selma, but Bears coach Harold Wood kept it in perspective. 

"It was about what I expected," Wood said. "I'm not surprised. We're rebuilding and it's tough."  

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or jmurphy@hanfordsentinel.com.

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