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Manteca tennis nets share of VOL title

Manteca’s No. 1 singles player Yok-Jing Ma goes all out during Thursday’s VOL win over visiting East Union at Manteca

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 24, 2014 11:58 p.m.

The wall in Frank Fontana’s classroom bears the images and years of championships past.

The Manteca tennis coach better make room for another.

The Buffaloes annexed a share of the Valley Oak League title on Thursday afternoon with a no-holds-barred effort against their crosstown rival. In what Fontana called its most complete effort of the season, Manteca rolled to a 9-0 victory over East Union.

The win gives the Buffaloes a split of the crown with Kimball. The teams split their season series.

“We came out ready to play today,” Fontana said. “We were focused and had the intent to take care of business and to become a league champ.”

Good luck picking just one hero.

Manteca swept all competitions in straight sets, leaving nothing to chance.

Yok-Jing Ma, Mike Lopez, Gino Mercado, Spencer Jackson, Thomas Reza and Alex Vasquez notched singles points. Only Jackson and Vazquez were pushed to a tiebreaker by Kyle Niendorf and Jesus Ramirez, respectively.

The doubles teams of Yok-Eyh Ma and Nolan Osborn, Yayhe Shabbar and Edvin Pepic, and Kyle Thornburg and Si Hao Tang completed the sweep for the Buffaloes, now 13-1 in VOL duals and 15-4 overall.

The Sac-Joaquin Section brackets will be announced next week.

Softball

NorCal Classic:

East Union, Manteca, WR

East Union (19-1) pounded Gregori in its Platinum Bracket opener at the NorCal Classic, 10-2, and then eked out a 6-5 victory over Ceres.

Taylor Ward (double, triple, RBI), Tea Solario (RBI), Jordan Vinson (double, 2 RBI) and Alejandra Rascon (RBI) had two hits apiece in the win over Modesto’s newest school.

Ward scored the game-winning run against the Bulldogs, racing home on Vinson’s grounder. 

Manteca (11-7) won its opening games in tournament play, defeating Pitman 7-3 and then blanking Central Catholic 9-0.  Sierra Martinez drove in five runs against the Raiders, while Aryanna Martinez, Melanie Ramos and Tawny Deerinck pounded out two hits against the Pride.

Weston Ranch (8-11) rebounded from an opening game loss with a 10-0 victory over Colusa. Christina Washington led the rout with a double, triple and six RBIs.

Track and Field

Manteca 103, Lathrop 19 (B)

Lathrop 76, Manteca 46 (G)

The Buffaloes’ boys squad swept every category with first-place finishes on Wednesday, highlighted by Alex Laurel’s victories in the 100- and 200-meter races. He was also a member of the 4x100 relay. Mahir Pepic won the 800 and the two-mile competition for the Buffaloes (4-2). Carl Chandler won the triple jump, high jump and was a member of the 4x100. Isaac McClain won the shot put and Billy Sharmoug won the discus event.

Manteca’s girls came up short against Akilah Lesley and the Spartans. Lesley won the sprint events and anchored the 4x100 team. Arianna Avina took first in the 800 and the mile race for the Buffaloes (1-5).

Manteca’s frosh-soph teams improved to 6-0 in the VOL and clinched league titles.

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