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East Union captures fifth straight VOL championship
Ripons Fannin is co-MVP of VFL
Helping East Union win a fifth straight league championship Monday were (from left): Alyssa Telles, Angelique Cardoza, Kimmy Lamar, Jordan Vinson, coach Ron Gutierrez, Brittany Ugalino, coach Dennis Wells and Jackie Ketner. - photo by Photo Contributed

The 2011 rendition of East Union High’s girls golf team may not be as talented as its recent predecessors.

But this year’s Lady Lancers do share one distinction with the rest: Valley Oak League champion.

They ran their dominant run of conference titles to five straight seasons Monday at Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course in Groveland, and it wasn’t close.

East Union, which finished 11-1 in the regular season, outshot second-place Oakdale, 469-502. Oakdale and Sonora (513) will join the Lancers next Monday, Oct. 24 for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course in Lodi.

“At the beginning of the season we weren’t very optimistic,” admitted East Union co-head coach Dennis Wells. “But we have had several girls step up. We’re not shooting as low as we have in the past, but the girls are working really hard.”

Oakdale’s star freshman, Mabel Wong, is the low medalist with an impressive 2-over-par 74, and she secured the league’s MVP award. Oakdale, however, lacks East Union’s depth.

The Lancers were led by Jenny Ketner (83), Angelique Cardoza (90) and Jordan Vinson (91), who finished 2-3-4. Kimmy Lamar contributed a solid 96, while Alyssa Telles and Brittany Ugalino each carded 109.

Ketner and Cardoza are both on the all-VOL first team, and Kailee Nuding, who did not play Monday, earned second-team honors.

“Jenny shot a really good score, and she could have been in the high 70s,” Wells said. “She’s finally starting to get it going, and it was nice for her to do that on a tough course.”

Valley-Foothill League

Bret Harte standout Emaline Ellsworth got the better of Ripon’s Haylee Fannin in the year-end tournament at Dialbo Grande’s Ranch Course in Patterson, but they share the VFL North Division’s MVP recognition.

That’s because Fannin edged out Ellsworth in the mid-year tournament, 84-85 — the same scores posted by the VFL-North’s top two players on Monday.

Sienna Starck posted a 111 score for Ripon, which took fourth with a 464. Erin Wever and Hailey Rae Rose each contributed a 134.

Bret Harte, Escalon and Linden finished ahead of the Indians in that order and will move on to the SJS Division-V Tournament set for Oct. 24 at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club.

Ripon Christian junior Jenny Wickham did not participate in the league finale, but she will join Fannin and Starck at the sectional tourney because she accumulated enough points throughout the season to make the cut.