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Manteca soccer stomps Sonora
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Manteca High’s girls soccer team reworked its schedule this week as it looks to make its final tune-ups before the start of the competitive Valley Oak League season.

On Thursday, the Buffaloes routed former VOL member Sonora 8-0 at Guss Schmiedt Field. It’s the second of three games in as many days for Manteca (7-1), which had two teams back out of matches in the past week. 

Manteca added Edison and Grace Davis to help fill those spots. It defeated Edison on Wednesday 2-0 with both goals scored by Leah Manuleleua. Sandra De La Riva and Lejla Pepic had the assists. The Buffaloes head to Modesto today to face Grace Davis.

They dominated visiting Sonora (2-1-2) from the start Thursday and took a 6-0 lead into halftime. Manuleleua had a hat trick, and Pepic scored twice and assisted one. Madison Burch contributed a goal and an assist. Kaitlynn Funsch and Sarah Vegas punched in the other two goals.


Ripon 2, Linden 0

RIPON — The Indians (7-4) shut out a third straight opponent in their nonleague contest at Stouffer Field.

Cindy Alvarez accounted for both goals in the seventh and 58th minutes with Alaina Cornilsen providing the assists. Haley Simmons helped start the sequence on the early ice breaker, finding Cornilsen with a cross from the wing.

Goalie Courtney Slamon had four saves, one of them on a 1-on-1 breakaway in the second half. Linden (3-5) again threatened to score moments later but hit the crossbar.

Courtney Slamon four saves



Manteca 2,

Golden Valley 0

MERCED — Mitch Balmut (3 for 3) and Jonathan Murillo drove in the lone runs for Manteca (6-2) in the second and seventh innings.

It was otherwise a pitcher’s duel won by Devin Sullivan, who struck out three and walked none in afive-hit shutout. Wyatt Pearson gave up seven hits while going the distance for Golden Valley (0-3).

“Devin had great stuff today and we made plays behind him,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “That is a good team that will beat some people. Pearson threw two to three pitches for a strike today and made us work for everything we got. Fortunately, our guy had his ‘A’ game going, too.”

Gregori 9, Sierra 2

MODESTO — Gregori (4-1) strung together six unanswered runs to start before Sierra answered with one in the top of the fourth.

Jacob Peterson and Tanner Peterson both went 2 for 3 for the Timberwolves (3-3). Zach McCoy was 3 for 4 to lead Gregori, which totaled 12 hits. The Jaguars also took advantage of seven walks and two hit batters.



USA California State


FRESNO — Branden Rullan (128 pounds) went 5-1 and finished third at the USA California State Championships last weekend in the junior division. 

Rullan won all five of his matches by pin and his lone loss was a close one.

“Branden’s only loss came on a controversial call,” Rullan’s coach Alex Nuanez said. “He showed that he could rise from adversity and preformed like a champion should.”