Clovis News: Sports

Clovis North tops boys water polo's No. 1

Clovis North High's water polo program, with its first class of seniors, took down the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked teams in the Central Section this past week.

The third-ranked Broncos beat No. 2 Buchanan 9-8 Thursday, then shocked No. 1 Clovis 10-9 Saturday in the Cougars' pool.

"It's big for today, but a journey for us," said Fabrizio Lofaro, the Broncos coach since the inaugural season with all freshmen in 2007. "I knew we had the potential. At Clovis North, there's a lot of expectations and it speaks for the school."

Junior Shae Russell scored four goals and Colton Coffman had two against Clovis. Connor Kennedy, Hans Hildebrandt and Sam Speck also scored. Goalie Cody Cartozian made nine blocks.

Coffman, Speck, Cartozian and Dominic Cassinerio are the team's only seniors.

Lofaro coached Clovis' girls water polo team for 10 years before taking over the Clovis North boys. As a foreign exchange student from Italy, he played on Clovis' boys team for one year in 1993.

"It's kind of special to start beating Clovis schools," he said. "It shows we're gaining to where we need to be. Little by little, each game has been a learning experience."

Clovis North went 0-17 its first year, then twice won the County Metro Athletic Conference American League, posting 20 wins in 2008 and 25 in '09.

This year, the Broncos are 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, one game behind Clovis. The rematch will be in two weeks at Clovis North.

Clovis West 12, Buchanan 11: Jared Osborn scored the last of his seven goals with 1:04 to go in sudden death as the No. 4 Golden Eagles (4-2 TRAC) handed the Bears (3-3) another tough defeat.