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Manteca tennis blanks Oakdale to stay unbeaten

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POSTED March 19, 2014 1:03 a.m.

The Manteca High boys tennis team continued its dominant start to the Valley Oak League season Tuesday with a 9-0 shutout of visiting Oakdale.

The Buffaloes improved to 3-0 in the VOL and have dropped just one individual match so far. Coach Frank Fontana said that the team’s two-day appearance in the California Classic helped keep it sharp over spring break.

“Playing last week in Clovis has helped,” Fontana said. “We truly challenged ourselves and it makes us that much better in league.”

Fontana was especially impressed with his top two players Tuesday. Yok-Jing Ma defeated Josh Niendorf in the No. 1 match, 6-1, 6-0. Mike Lopez blanked Spencer Keyser in the No. 2 contest.

Gino Mercardo (6-2, 6-1), Thomas Reza (6-0, 6-2), Spencer Jackson (6-2, 6-0) and Edvin Pepic (6-2, 6-1) were also singles winners.

Manteca’s top doubles tandem of Alex Vazquez and Kyle Thornburg were engaged in one of the toughest matches of the day but ultimately came through to dispatch Shane Baxter and Robert Bagley, 6-3, 6-4. The No. 2 team of Yok-Eyh Ma and Nolan Osborn won 6-2, 6-3, and Yahya Shabbar and Christian Plares prevailed, 6-4, 6-2.

Manteca has a makeup match at Weston Ranch today before travelling across town to square off with East Union on Thursday.

East Union 9,
Weston Ranch 0

The Lancers were able to escape Weston Ranch with a shutout by pulling out a few tough sets.

No. 5 singles player Tim Lumauig staved off Weston Ranch’s Issa Areja 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to help preserve the shutout. At No. 1 doubles, the Cougar pair of Chris Rodriguez and Jake Kramer had a chance to extend the match with a 4-1 lead in the second set but ultimately fell to Jaspinder Grewal and Kent Balacy, 6-3, 6-4.

“The matches were more competitive than some of the scores reflect,” Weston Ranch coach Ron Bylow said. “I thought our whole team did great.”

Winning in straight sets for East Union were Luke Macias (6-1, 6-2), Kevin Flores (6-3, 6-2), Andrew Rosette (6-3, 6-0), Kyle Niendorf (6-1, 6-2) and Jesus Ramirez (6-2, 6-1). East Union’s second doubles team of Mario Zuniga and Raul Duenas coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Jesus Leon and Gerardo Romero claimed the No. 3 contest, 6-4, 6-2.


Manteca 244,
Weston Ranch 290

Justin Morrish was low medalist by a long shot at Manteca Park Golf Course’s par-37 front nine, finishing with a 39. Brandon Ramirez placed second with a 47. Others scoring for Manteca (2-3) were Gus LaDue (51), Donal Hinkston (52) and Ray Gallardo (55).

Javier Gomez and Darron Carrillo spearheaded Weston Ranch with a 50 and 51, respectively.

East Union 223,
Kimball 236

Eric Lewis shot 3-over 39 on Old River Golf Course’s links-style front nine in Tracy.

All East Union players arrived to the clubhouse with sub-50 scores. Trevor Baum and Michael Lozano each turned in a 44, while Ryan Lee and Manuel Telles contributed 48s. The Lancers are now 3-2 in the Valley Oak League.

Sonora 203, Sierra 232

It was all Sonora at Mountain Springs Golf & Country Club, where medalist Billy Kiriluk carded a 2-over 38. Fellow Wildcat Brandon Phalen was the runner-up with a 39.

Blake Settlemoir scored a 42 to pace Sierra. Matt Rose (45), Chris Schmitz (47), Chuck Good (49) and Isaac Gutierrez (49) also factored into the team score.

Oakdale 214, Lathrop 253

Sam Fallon finished with a 45, and Nick Berndt posted a 47 to secure league points at par-32 French Camp Golf Course. Geoff Fallon (51), Matt Fallon (53) and Robert Berndt (57) also scored for the Spartans (0-5).

Oakdale’s Nathan Lute was low medalist with a 35, while Logan Schultz chipped in a 37.

Lathrop looks to tally its first win against winless Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course on Thursday.

Southern League

Ripon Christian 217
Le Grand 319

The Knights are off to nice start in league with Andrew Manes’ 1-over 37 leading the way at Chowchilla’s Pheasant Run Golf Club.

All of Ripon Christian’s scorers topped Le Grand’s top performer. Kyle Colyn checked in with a 41, Austin Alger a 43, Jesse DeRousse a 48 and Tristan Vos a 48.

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