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POSTED April 16, 2014 12:56 a.m.

East Union may be peaking at just the right time.

With the Valley Oak League tournament less than two weeks away, the reigning champion accumulated its best score of the season in Tuesday’s 205-248 win over Oakdale at the Manteca Park Golf Course front nine.

“The guys are coming together like I have been hoping they would,” said East Union coach Dennis Wells, whose team consists mostly of sophomores. “I’ve been telling them they’re a low-200 team and they proved it today. Everybody had a steady, consistent round.”

Only six strokes separated the low-medalist score from the throw-out.

Michael Lozano paced the Lancers (10-2) with a 1-over 38. Nick Roundsville contributed a 40, Trevor Baum a 42, Manuel Telles a 42 and Clayton Dorland a 43.

Josh Barrerra led Oakdale with a 44.

East Union faces first-place Sonora at Mountain Springs Golf Course today before capping the regular season back at Manteca Park against Manteca.

Sonora 202, Manteca 254

Billy Kiriluk’s 3-under 33 led Sonora for low-medalist honors at Mountain Springs Golf Course.

Justin Morrish of Manteca (4-9) tied for the third best score with a 43. Brandon Ramirez (46), Gus LaDue (48), Donal Hinkston (58) and Ray Gallardo (58) rounded out the Buffaloes’ final score.

Trans-Valley League

Ripon 215, Orestimba 300

Ripon 196, Orestimba 284

The TVL-leading Indians (10-0) got a good look at Diablo Grande’s Ranch Course in Patterson, the site of the league tournament on April 28.

Ripon was treated to a full round that was split into two against host Orestimba. Nick Sharp was medalist on both nines with a 37 and 36. Brandon Quizon carded a 43 and 38 to lead Orestimba.

Also scoring for Ripon were Nathan Suender (43, 39), Anthony Matthews (44, 40), Michael Miller (45, 41), Kole Gonzales (46, 46) and Robbie Figeroid (47, 40).

The Indians have two big matches to wrap up regular-season play. On Thursday they host third-place Hilmar before next Tuesday’s make-up match with one-loss Escalon at Oakdale Golf & Country Club.

“I think our kids played well today,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “We shot a good score on the back nine and the big difference was that Robbie played the way that he expects to play. To come in with a 40 really solidifies our team. Going into Hilmar and Escalon we need all our guys clicking.

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