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Rebuilding Sierra falls to Kimball in league opener

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POSTED September 1, 2010 2:28 a.m.
TRACY — The rebuilding has begun for Sierra’s girls golf team under first-year head coach Jack Thomson.

The Timberwolves dropped their Valley Oak League season opener by a mere two strokes, 316-318, against Kimball — a first-year varsity school and the conference’s newest member — on Old River Golf Course’s links-style front nine Tuesday.

Allison Smith, the lone holdover from last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament-qualifying squad, finished 13-over-par 49 to win the round.

“Allison played well, but she is capable of playing better,” Thomson said.

And it may take a while for the rest of the team to catch up. Holly Cook turned in the fourth best score of the round with a 63. Jessica Lewis turned in a 64, Melanie Kiesel a 67 and Elia Vasquez a 75.

Lydia Nolen and Lilly Craig paced Kimball with a 54 and 59, respectively.

“We’re really young and real, real green,” Thomson said. “We got started a week late — we didn’t practice until last Monday (Aug. 23) because we had to recruit more players and wait for physicals to clear.

“We’re just going to try and get better every day.”

East Union’s season-opening match against Sonora at Manteca Park Golf Course was postponed. Manteca High’s contest at Oakdale was moved to today.

Lathrop def. Weston Ranch
STOCKTON — Chelsea Brown earned medalist honors for Lathrop with a 57, and teammate Marissa Leon trailed by just a stroke at Van Buskirk Golf Course.

Weston Ranch, lost by forfeit for not fielding a full team, was paced by Emily Medeiros’ 60.

Weston Ranch next hosts East Union back at Van Buskirk.

Valley Foothill League
Ripon 170, Calaveras 200
RIPON — The Indians made a big statement in their VFL North Division opener Tuesday at Jack Tone Golf Course, as all four of their scorers topped Calaveras’ best.

Senior Sam Conway cruised in with an 8-over 39, and Haylee Fannin carded a 40. Megan Talbot and Stefani Hofman rounded out the team’s score with a 44 and 47, respectively.
All four of Calaveras’ players recorded a 50.

Ripon gets its first test next Tuesday against host Escalon, the defending VFL and SJS Division V champion.

“I’m real proud of my girls, they’ve come a long ways,” said coach Eric Damborsio. “In my first two years as coach, when my seniors were freshmen, we won one match. Last year we went 6-6, so we’re kind of establishing ourselves.

“If Conway and Fannin continue to shoot to their capabilities and we get in some solid scores behind them, I like our chances.”

— Jonamar Jacinto
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