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Ripon tennis tops Riverbank to stay unbeatten

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POSTED March 26, 2015 12:00 a.m.

Ripon High tennis continued its winning ways Tuesday, defeating visiting Riverbank 6-3 in a Trans Valley League match.

For the Indians (2-0 in the TVL, 3-0 overall), Nik Lengert and Hailey Johnson won critical matches in boys and girls singles while the mixed doubles team of Diego Franco-Carreno and Emily O’Brien rolled to victory and the girls’ top doubles team of Shannon Wesley and Maddison Flanders also posted convincing victories.

“Bryce Coutrakis, Savannah Bickle, and the No. 1 boys’ doubles team of Isaiah Sanchez and Ian Flanders all lost close but hard-fought matches,” said Indians coach Robert Mayfield.

Federico Entrade and Fidel Perez, Ripon’s No. 2 doubles, won a three-set marathon over Riverbank’s Josh Felix and Martin Baltazar, 4-6, 6-1, 10-1. “They lost the first set recovered to win the next two,” Mayfield said.

He also praised his No. 2 girls’ doubles team of Alli Hickman and Mandy Wesley for their come-from-behind victory. They defeated Rosa Zurita and Ashely Murillo, 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.

Lengert, the Indians’ No. 2 singles for the boys, beat Nathaniel Martinez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Johnson, who is the girls’ No. 2 singles player, did likewise to Socorro Medina, winning 6-3. 6-3.

Franco-Carreno and O’Brien were straight-set winners over Luis De Los Santos and Brooke Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-1.


Ripon 12, Hilmar 1

Coming off their first two losses of the season, the Indians (3-1 Trans-Valley League, 7-2 overall) responded with Tuesday’s five-inning win over the Yellowjackets (0-3, 4-7-2).

Danielle Sperry pitched a one-hitter and struck out 10 for Ripon. Hilmar plated its lone run in the fourth when Marta Mitchell drove in Katelyn Canella with a base hit.

The Indians amassed 13 hits in the mercy-shortened affair. Taylor Jaquez was 3 for 3 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Cara Brown, who drove in a pair of runs, was also 3 for 3, while freshman Shayla Furtado scored three times. Karla Calderon (two runs) and Darian Van Der Maaten (two RBI) each went 2 for 3.


Kimball 239, Lathrop 241

In French Camp, the Spartans lost a close dual with the visiting Jaguars, who were paced by medalist Reese Maxfield’s 38. Lathrop freshman Christian Guzman fired a 41 and Geoff Fallon carded a 46. No other Spartan went below 50 on the par-33 course.

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