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RC soccer sets up SL title game

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POSTED April 29, 2014 1:56 a.m.

Ripon Christian’s girls soccer team can steal a piece of the Southern League championship this Wednesday when it welcomes Mariposa.

The Knights helped set up the title match by routing third-place Waterford 5-0 on Monday, matching the final score from their April 2 showdown. 

Freshman Abby Buitrago scored the first of her three goals in the 16th minute, and minutes later Ripon Christian goalie Bryanna Heida preserved the one-goal lead with a diving save that ignited the Knights defense for the remainder of the contest.

Buitrago would strike again later in the first half to give Ripon Christian (12-1 SL, 17-2-1 overall) a 3-0 cushion at the break. She completed the hat trick in the 59th minute.

Adri Van Groningen and Teagan Manus also scored. Van Groningen set up Manus’ volley shot with a corner-kick cross. Jessica Beukelman was credited for an assist on Buitrago’s second goal.

Waterford (9-4, 11-8) is the third Sac-Joaquin Section playoff qualifier out of the SL despite the loss. Mariposa (13-0, 15-1-1) looks to close out a perfect run through league on Wednesday. The Grizzlies held off RC 3-2 back on March 28, when the Knights played their fourth game in five days.



Kimball 129, Manteca 52 (B)

Kimball 131, Manteca 38 (G)

Stephen Ruble was the lone Buffalo to win a race Monday. 

Well, sort of. 

Joshua Wagstaff of Kimball tied Ruble for the top finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Both clocked in at 24.04 seconds. 

Austin Welch nearly took first in the 200 free (2:09.72) but was out-touched in the end. The boys 200 medley relay (Sterling Roberts, Brandon Craighead, Ruble, Welch) also came up short of winning, as a Kimball quartet edged out the Buffaloes’ foursome by a mere 1.04 seconds.

Julia Saling took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.67) for Manteca’s girls team. Haylee Both was third in the 200 individual medley and 100 free.



Manteca 85, Sonora 37 (B)

Manteca 82, Sonora 18 (G)

The Buffaloes’ boys squad (5-2) has settled for third place in the Valley Oak League after garnering two straight titles. The team’s two losses were close ones to league-leading Sierra and No. 2 Oakdale.

Carl Chandler won the triple and high jumps and was on the winning 400 relay during Monday’s rout of Sonora. Marcus Avila won the 300 hurdles and 400 and was the runner-up in the 200.

Manteca’s girls team (2-5) was highlighted by pole vaulter Jessy Talarico, who set a new school record at 9 feet, 2 inches. She was also part of the winning 4x100 relay. Arianna Avina (800, mile, 4x100) and Madeline Keasline (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) were other top points producers.

Manteca’s frosh-soph teams finish the season undefeated. The boys trounced Sonora 100-13, while the girls cruised to a 102-15 victory.

Juan Gomez (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400), Kevonte Boone (100, 200, 4x100), Emma Holbrook (mile, two-mile) and Elizabeth Tolbert (shot put, discus) were the lower-level standouts.

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