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Small-school Ripon fares well in invite

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POSTED April 8, 2014 12:46 a.m.

Ripon High hung with the big boys Monday in the Bear Creek/McNair Invitational, placing sixth out of 19 squads at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

And the Indians did it without one of their top golfers; Robbie Figeroid is out with a neck injury. They represent the smallest of the 19 schools represented and are currently frontrunners in the Division V Trans-Valley League.

Ripon’s Nick Sharp was the area’s top individual finisher with a sixth-place score of 73. Sierra (14th, 464) and Manteca (17th, 491). Matt Rose carded an 84 to pace Sierra, while Justin Morrish shot an 85 for Manteca.

Jesuit of Carmichael captured the team title, edging out Shasta by two strokes with a 370. Del Oro’s 398 was good for third place. Del Oro’s Louie Euer and Lodi’s Brad Reeves were co-medalists with 3-under 69s.

Other individuals competing for local teams were:

Ripon — Nathan Suender (85), Anthony Matthews (95), Michael Miller (89), Cole Gonzales (92) and Brock Herrin (94); Sierra — Blake Settlemoir (92), Chris Schmitz (94), Chuck Good (99), Isaac Gutierrez 95) and David Ketner (117); Manteca — Brandon Ramirez (102), Gus LaDue (88), Donal Hinkston (96), Ray Gallardo (129) and Corey Rankin (128).

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