The East Union boys golf team nearly made it a clean sweep in the Pitman Invitational held on Diablo Grande’s challenging Ranch course on Monday.
Will Brink earned his second low-medalist honor in an 18-hole tournament this season with a 1-over 73. He also won the longest drive competition with a 320-yard bomb on hole 5, and fellow Lancer Zach Couch was closest to the pin (28 inches) on 17.
As a team, however, East Union finished in a second-place tie and six strokes behind tournament champion and Valley Oak League rival Oakdale. The Lancers and Turlock each turned in a 335. Only four golfers, instead of the traditional five, counted for each of the 10 team’s scores.
“Overall as a team I didn’t like what I saw, but the Ranch course is very tough,” East Union coach Dennis Wells said. “As for Will, it was the best I’ve seen him strike the ball. I watched him on the back nine and he hit every fairway, he just didn’t make his putts.”
Jordan Duval followed Brink with an 83, and Evan Lewis carded an 89. Jordan Lund and Couch each scored a 90.
Manteca 8, W. Ranch 1
The Buffaloes (6-1-1, 12-4-2) erupted for seven goals in the second half after Weston Ranch (0-8-1, 0-13-2) battled them valiantly for the first 40 minutes.
Adrianna Rodriguez scored the Cougars’ lone goal in the 27th minute to tie it, but Manteca broke it open with four over an eight-minute span in the second half.
Chenayi Tavaziva led the way with two goals and two assists. Jessica Reeder also scored twice, while Tatiana Jimenez finished with one goal and two assists. Jasmine Odell and Katelyn Rosas added one goal apiece.
East Union 5, Oakdale 4
At No. 5 singles, Raymund Martinez picked up the big win for the Lancers after falling behind 1-4 in the first set against Andrew Gilpin. Martinez won, 7-6, 6-2.
East Union won four of the six singles matches, with No. 3 Tyler Bertao also pulling out a come-from-behind victory, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Arturo Leon (6-2, 6-3) and Josh Kolkmann (6-1, 6-3) each contributed a team point.
Winning in doubles play was the No. 3 tandem of Pedro Garcia and Chris Rodriguez, who prevailed, 7-5, 6-2.
Ripon Christian 5, Delhi 4
The Knights pulled out a tough win in a Southern League coed match.
Winning singles matches were Mason Veilleux (6-3, 6-2), Kristi VanDiver (6-1, 6-4) and Haley Veilleux (6-1, 6-3). The coed doubles pair of Derrick Witt and Lauren Herbert claimed a three-set win (2-6, 6-0, 6-1), while Katie Donoho and Stephanie Vandepol prevailed, 6-3, 7-5.
Sonora 113, Sierra 57 (B)
Sonora 107, Sierra 63 (G)
The Timberwolves won just three events overall in their VOL dual meet against visiting Sonora last Friday.
For the boys, Zac DeGroot (200 individual medley) and Matthew Elliot (100 freestyle) accounted for Sierra’s first-place points, and both were on the second-place 200 medley relay team.
Sierra’s girls squad won only the first event of the meet, as Ashley McKinney, Marissa Machado, Rachel Holmstrom and Taylor Pereza teamed up to claim the 200 medley relay.