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Buffaloes clinch VOL title for boys tennis
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The Manteca High boys tennis team continued its conquest of the Valley Oak League, securing the outright championship with a 9-0 shutout of visiting Oakdale on Thursday.

The Buffaloes (13-0, 14-6 overall) cap the regular season with a make-up match against East Union next Thursday, April 20. This is the seventh championship under 12-year head coach Frank Fontana and third for his four-year seniors.

“Everyone played well and it was a solid team effort,” Fontana said. “We want to finish the season undefeated and go into the playoffs playing well.”

Two matches did not reach their completion on Thursday. No. 1 singles player Solman Aniss routed Zack Miller 6-0 in the opening set before his opponent defaulted. At No. 1 doubles. Dhillon Patel and Kevin Lin led 6-2, 2-0 when Jaylen Fogleman and Shivam Mistry called it.

Si Hao Tang (6-2, 6-3), Yok Eyh Ma (6-2, 6-0), Yok Whai Ma (6-0, 6-0), Joseph Poncini (6-0, 6-0) and De’Angelo Caldera (6-0, 6-2) took care of business in singles play for Manteca. Jake Tolbert and Cameron Gonzales won at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-2. Robert Foo and Niko Plares held off Clay Verdegan and Teo Diaz, 6-2, 7-5. 

The Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team tennis tourney begins with a play-in match on Monday, May 1. The VOL singles and doubles tournaments take place on April 25 and 27.



Sierra 108, Manteca 28 (B)

Sierra’s all-time fastest hurdler Bikram Thiara torched the competition in his two specialty events and added a win in the 400.

Kyle Wesley topped all scorers with victories in the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump.

Manteca was led by Ascari Johnson, who won the high jump and joined Michael Sarmento, Josue Nunez and Charles Mitchell on the winning 4x100.

Sierra 99, Manteca 19 (G)

Jasmin Correa highlighted visiting Sierra’s dominant outing with first-place finishes in the 200, 400 and both relay events. 

Sabrina Caldwell won the 1,600 and 3,200. Alexus Surnip took first in the long and triple jumps and was part of the winning 4x100.

Julianne Eavenson was Manteca’s lone first-place finisher. She won the discus throw.



Ripon 210, Riverbank DQ

VALLEY SPRINGS — Rhet Herrin, Nico Ilardo and Zach Angel each finished 6-over 41 at La Contenta Golf Club.

Justin Brito trailed the co-leaders by a stroke, and Garrett Avila added a 45 for the Trans-Valley League’s top team. Ripon is now 8-0.


Central Catholic 199, Sierra 260

It was all Raiders at Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday, with Tyler Ward carding a 2-under 35. 

Jackie Thai led Sierra with a 44 


Frosh-soph track

Manteca 71, Sierra 50 (B)

Eliseo Casillas picked up key first-place points for the Buffaloes when he captured both distance running events.

Jacob De Jesus sprinted to wins in the 100 and 4x100. Aiden Klinesmith and Geo Alvarez were the top throwers in the discus and shot put, respectively.

Jerardo Salcedo (200, 400, 4x400) and Josiah Garcia (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x400) led Sierra.


Manteca 104, Sierra 18 (G)

Kaley Miller starred in the Buffaloes’ landslide victory, picking up wins in the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 4x100 relay.

Julia Moreno (400, long jump, 4x100) and Brianna Rodriguez (800, mile, two-mile) each chipped in three first-places finishes. Malana Sagapolu won the discus and high jump. Anchaleena James was the top triple jumper.