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East Union secures 4th straight VOL title

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POSTED October 8, 2010 2:01 a.m.
The Valley Oak League’s top girls golf team appears to be getting better.

In a matchup between the conference’s No. 1 and 2 teams, the undefeated Lancers clinched their fourth straight conference championship with an impressive score at the challenging Oakdale Golf and Country Club, beating Oakdale, 222-276.

East Union is now 10-0 with two matches to play, while Oakdale fell to 8-3.

The win came one day after the Lancers won their fourth consecutive team championship in the Sierra Invitational at Manteca Park Golf Course.

“After winning the tournament and playing so well on a tough course, it’s a big confidence boost for them,” East Union coach Dennis Wells said. “We needed this today. The girls were pretty happy with shooting that score on that course.”

The VOL’s Most Valuable Player honor was also at somewhat at stake Thursday. Oakdale’s Jaylene Ponce came into the week as the league’s points leader, but her score of 48 was bested by three Lancers.

Jillian Goulart led the way for EU with a 38. Frances Telles turned in a 43, Jenny Ketner a 45, Salina Tiscareno a 48 and Angelique Cardoza a 48.

“The three of them (Goulart, Telles, Ponce) are pretty much even, so it should come down to the VOL Tournament,” Wells said.

The Lancers wrap up the regular season next week against Lathrop and Sierra.

Sierra 307, Manteca 312
The inexperienced but improving Timberwolves  met two goals on Manteca Park Golf Course’s par-37 front nine.

The team score stands a season low so far. Additionally, the Timberwolves improved to 4-7 in league after starting the first half of the season 1-5.

“Our goal was to win at least three matches in the second half, and we’re really happy for that,” first-year head coach Jack Thomson said. “In our first match of the year we scored a 373 and we have consistently gotten better. We’re real proud of our girls.”

The top individual was Manteca’s Mickey Dias, who carded a 49. Sierra’s Allison Smith was the runner-up with a 53.

Elia Vasquez (61), Jessica Lewis (61), Holly Cook (64) and Melanie Kiesel (68) contributed to the winning team’s score. Manteca got scores from Brooke Mejorado (67), Maria Saavedra (66), Kaylie Grimes (67) and Emily Owsley (73).

Valley Football League
Ripon 170, Bret Harte 172
At Jack Tone Golf Course in Ripon, the Indians (8-2) escaped with a narrow win despite an uncharacteristically sub-par showing from their top player, Sam Conway, who produced a 14-over 45.

Haylee Fanin spearheaded Ripon with a 36, with Megan Talbot recording a solid 42. Destiny Franco rounded out the team score with a 47.

Ripon Christian 249, Calaveras 256
At La Contenta Golf Course in Valley Springs, Ripon Christian (1-8) suffered yet another close defeat.

Jenny Wickham was the medalist with a 55, while Joie Darretta placed second overall with a 58. Raeann De Rousse (64) and Kayla Sikkema (72) account for the rest of RC’s score.
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