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EU golf blows by Buffaloes
Mantecas Kyle Howard kicks up part of the fairway with his approach during Tuesdays match against East Union. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

East Union boys golf coach Dennis Wells’ mood  ran hot even on a windy day.

Wells wasn’t happy with the scores that rolled off the Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon, though collectively, they were enough to dispatch a struggling crosstown rival.

Trevor Baum shot a match-low 41 and Michael Lozano overcame a quadruple bogey to post a 44 as the Lancers distanced themselves from Manteca, 229-276.

“Those two are very consistent,” Wells said of Baum and Lozano, his top players.

The win keeps East Union in lock-step with Oakdale at 8-3 in the Valley Oak League. Both teams are chasing newcomer and 2014 state qualifier Central Catholic, a team Wells believes won’t be beat this season.

The Buffaloes, meanwhile, slipped to 1-8.

Wells expected a more efficient performance from his Lancers, despite adverse weather conditions. Afternoon thunderstorms soaked the par-37 course and eventually gave way to a whipping wind.

Manuel Telles had a 47, Alejandro Barajas carded a 48 and Ezra Lendhart registered a 49. Clayton Dorland’s 53 was East Union’s throw-out score.

“It was a windy day, which makes conditions really tough,” Wells said. “I knew some of the scores would be higher. There was a couple of my guys that I was happy with, but there were some scores and holes I wasn’t happy with.

“That’s something we’ll have to work on in the next few days.”

Manteca was paced by Kyle Howard’s 48. Alex Armendariz shot a 52, Ray Gallardo a 58, and Josh Keener and Dylan Haro closed with matching 59s.

East Union and Manteca host matches on Thursday. The Lancers welcome Weston Ranch, while the Buffaloes take on Lathrop.


Sierra 97, Ripon 70 (boys)

Ripon 108, Sierra 62 (girls)

In Ripon, reigning All-Area Boys Swimmer of the Year Scott Tolman delivered a signature performance on the closing leg of the 4x100 freestyle relay.

Ripon set a blistering pace through the first 350 yards, but Tolman overpowered the Indians’ final swimmer on the last lap to steal the victory for the Timberwolves.

The Sierra junior also won both of his individual events — the 100 breaststroke (59 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (1:58.17).

Zach Thomas was a two-time winner for the Timberwolves. Thomas was unmatched in the freestyle sprints, pulling away in the 50 (23.19) and 100 (57.71).

The Indians had their share of memorable moments.

San Jose State-bound water polo player Zach Scudder set a school record in the 200 IM. His time of 1:59.01 bested the previous mark by eight one-hundredths of a second.

Scudder also swam the opening leg of the 400 freestyle relay, which set a school record (3:27.8) in a runner-up finish.

Daniel Esenwein (500 free, 5:15.76; 100 backstroke, 1:01.77) and Ty Wells (100 butterfly, 54.46; 200 free, 1:59.14) won multiple events for the Indians, who host Central Catholic on Friday.

The Ripon girls remained unbeaten in the VOL with a thorough victory.

The Indians swept every event. Mallory Brubaker, Emma Lewis and reigning All-Area Girls Swimmer of the Year Hannah Sweet were the catalysts.

Brubaker was tops in the distance events, the 200 (2:03.79) and 500 free (5:36.30).

Sweet won the 100 breast (1:15.55) and 200 IM (2:21.52), while Lewis set the pace in 50 (26.39) and 100 free (58.50).