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POSTED April 16, 2010 2:32 a.m.
STOCKTON — Kyle Harman’s 2-over-par 38 led the way for East Union, which breezed past Weston Ranch 212-260 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.

The only catch is that head coach Dennis Wells wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way his squad performed as a whole.

Jordan Duval finished in second for East Union (10-2) with a 41, while Will Brink posted a 43. Guillermo Bajaras’ 45 and Dominic Riella’s 46 rounded out the scoring for the Lancers, who will next host the Ceres Bulldogs.

Despite easily handling the Cougars, Wells said that the team should be performing at a higher level at this point in the year.

The victory came one day after the Lancers won a tiebreaker in a 209-209 round against intracity rival Sierra High.

“We’ve got aspirations to win (the Sac-Joaquin Section title), and while we won today, this wasn’t a very good performance by any standard,” Wells said. “We’ll definitely be working on it when we’re out at practice tomorrow.”

Oakdale 209, Manteca 248
Nick Gonzalez turned in a rock-solid four-over 39 at Manteca Park Golf Course, but Oakdale’s Austin Whitworth, one of several players in contention for MVP honors, was the medalist with a 34.

Kenny Summers shot a 43 for Manteca (6-7), Casey Benson a 52, Tim Baker a 54 and Brandan Vilaysack a 60.

“Nick Gonzalez had a steady round and is beginning to play consistently well,” Manteca coach Dave Fontanilla said.

Trans Valley League
Ripon 209, Hughson 263
RIPON — Even with two starters out, the Indians, 4-2 in conference dual matches, managed to shoot their best team score of the year at Spring Creek Country Club.

Freshman Andrew Bonner eagled the first hole, but four bogeys left him at one-over par 37. Josh Richter trailed the medalist by a stroke, Matty Gay and Zach Capel each carded a 44 and Mark Bigelow finished with a 46. Seth Lawlor had the throw-out score with a solid 49.

“I was actually quite shocked with the score,” said Ripon coach Chris Musseman. “We were missing two of our top six who consistently turn in our third or fourth best scores. Even our dropped score was pretty good.”

Ripon will lock up with Modesto Christian at Modesto Municipal Golf Course Tuesday for a big match with postseason implications.

— Bulletin staff
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