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Escalon edges Ripon for Division-V golf title
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Ripon High’s boys golf team turned in a respectable score Monday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V Tournament, but it’s not advancing the Indians to Masters.

Rival Escalon shot a 418 — four better than the Trans Valley League champion Indians — to capture the blue pennant at Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione Monday. Bret Harte took third with a 426.

Escalon qualifies for the SJS Masters Tournament, which takes place May 16 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Ripon sophomore Andrew Bonner finished in a fourth-place overall tie with Modesto Christian’s Kyle Intorf and makes it through individually.

Dixon High’s Chris Rasmussen is the third Masters qualifier with a 78.

Bonner is a perennial contender in any high school tournament he’s in, so his 8-over 79 was relatively high for the standout.

Austen Cardoza of Escalon was the medalist with a 75.

Kyle Head and Zach Capel each carded an 85 for the Indians, while brothers Jason and Jordan Williamson had an 86 and 87, respectively.

Though Ripon had solid showings up and down its lineup — none of its top five scorers checking in with a score no worse than 87 — coach Chris Musseman expected a little more out of his team. In last week’s TVL Tournament, Ripon outshot Escalon by a considerable 429-462 margin at Trinitas Golf Club in Valley Springs.

“I think we’re kind of a victim of our own success,” Musseman said. “If you told us we’d be second in the division and that we’d win the TVL I would have said, ‘No way.’

“But we had such a good year that expectations were so high going into this. Losing to a team we’d beat eight times out of 10 in 18-hole tournaments was a tough pill to swallow for the kids.”


Ripon Christian 24, Delhi 1

In Delhi, the Knights (6-7 Southern League, 8-14-2 overall) had four different players produce at least three hits in the five-inning blowout.

Ripon Christian, which scored 12 in the second inning, was led by Dominic Nelson’s 4-for-4 effort that included a double, four RBIs and three runs.

Elijah English went 4 for 6 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs; Kalvin Prins was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs; and Colby DeVries finished 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run. DeVries and Prins also pitched, combining for a two-hitter.

Other big contributors were Aaron Fay (2 for 3, 2B, 3B, five RBIs, four runs), Michael Perrelliat (2 for 3, RBI, three runs).