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Ketner earns medalist, league MVP honors
Jackie Ketner earned medalist and MVP honors while leading East Union in the Valley Oak League Tournament Tuesday at Brookside Country Club in Stockton. - photo by Bulletin file photo


• Team results: 1.East Union 462, 2. Sierra 522, 3. Manteca 534, 4. Sonora 569.
• Top individuals: 1. Jackie Ketner (EU), 76; 2. Kaylee Joaquin (MAN), 86; 3. Amanda Tye (SON), 88; 4. Jillian Goulart (EU), 90; 5. Alicia Kmiec (SIE), 92; 6. Frances Telles (EU), 94; 7. Heather Craft (EU), 100; 8t. Amanda Orr (SIE), 101; 8t. Chandler Rose (MAN), 101; 10t. Ashley Kiesel (SIE), 102; 10t. Tori Souza (EU), 102.

STOCKTON — The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.

For the third straight year, the East Union Lancers won the Valley Oak League Championship thanks to the standout performances of nearly the entire squad that has become a force in recent years.

Led by medalist Jackie Ketner’s 4-over-par 76, three other members of the Lancers links squad garnered all-league honors including Jillian Goulart with a 90 (fourth), Frances Telles a 94 (sixth) and first-year golfer Heather Craft a 100 (seventh.)

“Individually, Jackie just played flawlessly today, and that’s pretty much been the way that this team has operated the last several years. We’ve had one or two amazing golfers that taught the younger girls how to do things,” East Union co-head coach Brian Goulart said. “She’s a leader out there on the course, and to see so many of our young golfers doing well is very exciting.”

Ketner took the honors as the VOL MVP. Kaylee Joaquin of Manteca High and Sierra’s Ashley Kiesel and Alicia Kmiec also earned all-VOL honors.

The tournament win put an official end to another VOL season where the Lancers remained unbeaten through 48 dual matches.

While the repeat performance by the Lancers wasn’t anything new, neither was the contingency of Manteca schools that dominated the tournament for the second straight year.

Sierra (12-2 VOL) had a lock on its second-place spot coming in to the tournament. Manteca high was tied with Sonora and had to pull out its best performance in order to play beyond Tuesday.

A 26-stroke margin over the Wildcats ended that brief period of excitement.

It was Kaylee Joaquin’s 86 – the day’s second best round – that helped propel Manteca past Sonora and into its second straight section tournament.

The top three finishing teams at Tuesday’s tournament as well as the top six individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament at the Oakdale Country Club on Monday, Oct. 26.

“It’s great that all of the Manteca schools are going on, but for the most part East Union and Sierra had their places pretty much locked up. We came in to this and knew that we had to play well if we were to be going on,” Manteca head coach Greg Conway said. “I’m really proud of them, and super happy that that they put the pressure on themselves to perform well.

“The fruits of our labors are starting to show.”

Joining Joaquin were Chandler Rose (101), Micaela Dais (107), Danielle Roberts (112) and Melissa Bond (128.)

Sierra will also be progressing as the VOL’s second seed thanks to Alicia Kmiec’s fifth-place score of 92, and Amanda Orr’s 101 that landed her in the day’s eighth best position. Rounding out Sierra’s five golfers were Kiesel (102), Heather Schmitz (110), and Allison Smith (117.)

Assistant Sierra coach Jack Thompson said that he was proud of how his team finished the season on a steady note – giving credit to Kmiec and Kiesel as well as Orr for her performance on Tuesday that helped elevate the team’s overall score and send them to the divisional tournament for the second straight year.

“All year long we played very well, and very steady,” Thompson said. “All year long East Union has been the class of the league and has been really good around the greens and it’s no surprise that they won today.

“All of our coaches are very proud of our girls and how they finished the league season strong.”