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East Union finishes fourth in Ty Caplin tournament
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STOCKTON — East Union High’s boys golf team hopes its recent struggles in Valley Oak League dual play are behind it after turning in a rock-solid all-around performance in a non-conference tournament at Elkhorn Country Club Monday.

The Lancers shot a 419 to finish fourth out of 19 teams at the Ty Caplin Tournament. Folsom and Jesuit of Sacramento topped the field to go 1 and 2.

Kyle Harman led East Union with a five-over-par round of 77.

We beat a lot of good teams and missed third place by about four shots,” East Union coach Dennis Wells said. “For us turning in good scores on a tough course, I’m pretty happy.”

East Union was solid from top to bottom. Freshman Will Brink carded an 81, while Tanner Bragg and Evan Lewis each scored an 84. Sophomore Jordan Duvall rounded out team scoring with a 93, while Dominic Riella’s throw-out was a 105.

The Lancers won’t play in a live match again until next Monday when they compete in the Bear Creek Invitational at The Reserve at Spanos Park back in Stockton.

Track and field
Manteca High senior Vince Herrera won the mile in 4 minutes, 32 seconds at the Modest Junior College Invitational Saturday, edging out Ceres phenom Alejandro Garcia in the process. Herrera also took third in the 800 in 2:03.

Julianna Flores was the Buffaloes’ top sprinter with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.01 seconds).

First-year varsity Lathrop got some respectable performances out of juniors Jasmine Elder and Darrick Spears in the field events.

Elder took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 31 feet, 1 inch, and seventh in the discus with a mark of 86-4. Darrick Spears was fifth in the high jump with his best leap coming at 5-8. He also ran the 200, clocking in at 24.9 seconds.

Ripon Christian 8,
Hughson 1
RIPON — The Knights improved to 4-1 with an overwhelming Trans Valley League victory Monday. No. 1 boys singles player Landon Tillema suffered RC’s only defeat, as he was edged out by Alan Barth. 4-6, 6-7 (5).

Ripon Christian dominated elsewhere. Knights prevailing in their matches were:
No. 2 boys singles Jacob Meeuwse (6-4, 6-0); No. 1 girls singles Katie den Dulk (6-1, 6-1); No. 2 girls singles Amanda Thatcher (6-4, 6-4); No. 1 boys doubles Josiah Neeley and Nick Wehrli (10-3); No. 2 boys doubles Dan McGill and Brad Kamper (10-3); No. 1 girls doubles Colleen Kamper and Haley Veilleux (10-4); No. 2 girls doubles Denise Dole and Victoria Vallo (10-1) and mixed doubles Jared Van Groningen and Christine Langford (10-0).

Ripon 6,
Vacaville Christian 5
RIPON — The Indians (5-2) scored the game’s first four runs in the third inning and plated one more in the fourth to mount an early lead but had to hold off a late charge for the non-league victory.

Vacaville Christian (5-2) plated all of its runs over the final three innings, with Ripon’s deciding score coming in the sixth.

Caryn Lake was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two doubles to lead the charge. Alissa Vickers went 3 for 4 with a run and two steals; Paulina Ceja finished 2 for 3 with an RBI; and Kirsten Mortimer crushed her fourth home run of the season.

Freshman Nicole Kaiser was in cruise control for four innings from the circle. She finished with seven strikeouts but scattered nine hits for five earned runs.

— Jonamar Jacinto