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Sierra boys, girls successfully defend track & field titles

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POSTED April 23, 2009 2:17 a.m.
Sierra High’s frosh-soph boys and girls capped a dominant Valley Oak League season with undefeated records after blowing out Weston Ranch and host East Union in a double-dual meet Wednesday.

Sierra’s 8-0 boys coasted to 107-24 and 118-5 wins over EU and Weston Ranch, respectively, and the girls blanked Weston Ranch 126-0 while beating the Lancers, 89-42.

The league championship run is the third straight for the boys, while the girls are back-to-back champions.

“I’m really excited over the fact that we can field four full teams and have success at all levels,” Sierra coach Anthony Chapman said. “It says a lot about our program. We have a lot of youngsters and not a whole lot of seniors on the (varsity) boys team, so we’re definitely going to be right up there with the best of them in the near future.”

Leading the way for the Timberwolf boys were Grant Widmer (110 and 300 hurdles, high jump, long jump) and Ruben Lopez (200, 400, 400 relay, mile relay), who were each in on four first-place finishes against both opponents.

Also earning overall victories were Nico Valencia (100), Nick Baker (discus, shot put), Ricky Morris (800, mile), Miguel Velazquez (3,200) and Kayson Matela (triple jump).

Spearheading Sierra’s girls were Francis Scherry (mile, 3,200), Vanessa Pubill (100, 200), Carina Gutierrez (discus), Chantel Burton (shot put) and Ann McFerran (triple jump). Sierra also won both relay events.
Taylor Garcia (100 and 300 hurdles) and Destiny Bishop (400) were East Union’s lone first-place finishers.

SOFTBALL
Sophomore
Manteca 16, Sonora 0
At Lincoln Park, Tara Dadasovich led the hit parade with four knocks, including a triple, three runs and an RBI. Cassandra Gonzalez rapped out three hits and drove in as many runs.

Dallas Mould and Rachel Perez contributed two hits and two RBIs apiece. Savanna Reed and Sierra Garcia each clubbed two knocks and had an RBI.

Winning pitcher Danielle Doorinck struck out two Wildcats in the shutout.

Sierra 9, Ceres 1
In Ceres, Chelsea Bereta jump started the rout with a two-RBI double in the first, and Daylynn Penner gutted out seven strong innings while fanning seven batters. Penner, who gave up seven hits and two walks, was able to pitch her way out of several jams.

Jessica Lewis led Sierra (7-3, 15-6-1) with a 2-for-4 performance that included two triples and a pair of RBIs. Penner chipped in a two-run single in the sixth and plated three runs to aid her own cause, and Allison Smith roped an RBI double.

Freshman
Sierra 15, Sonora 12
Sierra battled back from an early seven-run deficit and answered with 10 unanswered to upend the Wildcats. Victoria Schneider picked up the win after tossing three innings in relief, allowing a hit and a run in the process.

Lily Gonzales hammered a bases-clearing triple and finished 3 for 5. Shakira Lewis and Shelby Shirron also had three knocks apiece. Jennifer Marlow and Schneider chimed in with two hits each, and Briane Lenoci plated four runs.

The Timberwolves improved to 4-0 in the VOL, and 12-1-1 overall.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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