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Aniss coasts into VOL tennis finals
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Manteca sophomore Solman Aniss is heading to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tennis Tournament for a second straight year.
After a first-round bye, the third-seeded Aniss had little trouble in reaching the final round of the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament held at Manteca Regional Tennis Center on Tuesday. He’ll face last year’s runner-up, Logan Le of Kimball, for the championship on Thursday.
Aniss shut out Oakdale’s Daniel Lubecko 8-0 and toppled No. 6 Sam Nicholson of Central Catholic, 6-1, 6-1.
Aniss got a pass in the semifinals, as Central Catholic standout Connor Fenton opted to forfeit the match so that he can defend his title in the doubles tournament. The two singles finalists advance to the section tournament but are not eligible to compete in doubles.
Fenton and Nicholson teamed up for the doubles crown last year when the VOL sent its top three singles players to the section tourney. Fenton defaulted the third-place match against Aniss, allowing the then-Manteca freshman to move on.
“Solman had a pretty easy day,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said.
The same can’t be said for Si Hao Tang, who grinded his way to the semifinals and competed well against top-seeeded Le before retiring due to leg cramps.
Tang, who is seeded fifth, vanquished No. 12 Jonathan Loayza from Kimball 8-4 and defeated No. 20 Angelo Traina of Central Catholic, 6-0, 6-4. Traina upset two higher-seeded opponents, including No. 4 Zack Miller 8-6, to reach the quarterfinals.
Against Le, Tang battled back from a 5-3 deficit in the first set and tied up at 5-all and had a chance to jump ahead with a 40-15 lead in the game. Le managed to recapture the momentum to take the opening set 7-5 and was up 2-1 in the second when Tang retired.
“It was definitely disappointing for Si Hao to not be able to complete his match,” Fontana said. “He was playing real well, but it was a long day and he wasn’t hydrated.”
Sierra’s Kyle Banks was the only other area player to make it as far as the quarterfinals. He squaked out an 8-5 win over Manteca’s Yok Eyh Ma and los to Le, 1-6, 2-6.
The doubles tournament begins at around 9 a.m. Thursday. The singles finals is expected to start at 11:30.
The SJS Individual Tournament takes place May 15-16 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville.

TRACK & FIELD
Sierra 114,
 C. Catholic 13 (G)
It was all Timberwolves at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sierra swept both hurdle events, the 200, 400, mile, shot put, discus, long and triple jumps. Jasmin Correa took first in the 200, 400 and 4x100 relay.

Sierra 80,
C. Catholic 52 (B)
Kyle Wesley was the top points producer for Sierra, as he rambled to wins in the 100, 200 and long jump. Bikram Thiara took the 110 and 300 hurdles. The Timberwolves swept the 3,200.

GOLF
Ripon 209,
 Mountain House DQ
TRACY — The Indians (9-0 Trans-Valley League) put up some solid scores at Old River Golf Course.
Luis Candido, Rhet Herrin and Nico Ilardi all shot 3-over 39s, while Justin Brito and Cole Stevens each added a 46.
Ripon is expecting a stiffer test for the rest of the week. Today it heads to Oakdale Country Club to face Escalon, then on Thursday the Indians host Hughson at Sprinc Creek Golf & Country Club.

Frosh-soph track
C. Catholic 66,
Sierra 45 (B)
Sierra 77, C.
Catholic 16 (G)
Sierra’s frosh-soph girls team swept the 100, 200 and 400. The boys were highlighted by Jorens Bandoma, who won the long and triple jumps.

Sophomore softball
East Union 17, Sierra 3
Hailee Gully (3 for 5, two RBIs, two runs, double), Alexandria Avalos (2 for 3,triple, two RBIs), Marcella Hansen (2 for 2, two walks, two RBIs, three runs) and Shawntell Miller (RBI, run) were among the standouts in the lopsided win for East Union (7-1 VOL, 16-3-1 overall).

Freshman softball
Tracy 4, East Union 2
Kaylyn Canas belted a pair of triples, and Alexis Gray had two hits, including a triple of her own, for the Lancers (16-5).
Kaitlyn Leal pitched a complete game, scattering six hits.