Regardless of the outcome, three Manteca High boys tennis players are going to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
On Monday, two doubles pairs from Manteca duked it out for third place in the Valley Oak League and a berth to sections after both dropped their semifinal matches in the conference tournament last week. Fourth-seeded Yok Eyh Ma and Dhillion Patel upset No. 2 Kyle Thornburg and Si Hao Tang, 7-5, 6-2.
“It’s never fun playing your teammates in a match that means something,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “Both sides wanted to win today, but it’s difficult to have the same level of intensity compared to playing someone from a different team. Both teams deserve to move on but only one could.”
Ma and Patel will join freshman Solman Aniss in the SJS individual tourney May 5-6 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville. Before that is the SJS Division III Team Tournament, which begins next Monday, May 2. Ma and Tang made up the Buffaloes’ top doubles tandem all of last season, when Manteca reached the team tournament finals.
“It’s about refocusing on the team competition,” Fontana said. “We want to make another run in the team tournament and feel like we have a chance.”
Sierra 6, Kimball 1
The Timberwolves (4-4, 10-7) were able to salvage a split in a make-up game with visiting Kimball (3-5, 12-7) on Monday.
Jacob Peterson twirled a four-hit gem, and Tanner Peterson led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, and his two-RBI single capped a four-run rally in the first inning. Anthony Arredondo was 3 for 3, and Chase Sperbeck went 2 for 4.
TRACY — Ripon placed third with a 478 at the Tracy Country Club, trailing Trans-Valley League rival Escalon (464) and tournament champion Mission San Jose (460) of Fremont.
Ripon freshman Connor Larkin finished fourth individually with an 84. Liberty’s Kirabo Reed was low medalist with an 80. Trent Hawes (94), Luis Candido (96), Rhett Herin (100) and Garrett Avila (104) also competed for the Indians.
Central Catholic 199, Sierra 244
Sierra ended the regular season at Manteca Park Golf Course, finishing with a 6-8 record in dual action. Central Catholic medalist Matt Robinson scored even-par 37.
Evan Brazell, David Ketner and Jackie Thai each carded a 48 for the Timberwolves. Nathaniel Livingston had a 49 and Dillon St. Claire a 51.