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Resurgent Indians nab third win
RC No. 1 Rebeka Sipma rolls a 25-foot putt within a foot of the cup on Hole 5. - photo by BRANDON PETERSEN
RIPON – For Sam Conway, Karen Fredricks and Megan Talbot, three Ripon High juniors who have experienced the last two seasons with head coach Eric D’Ambrosio, Thursday’s 191-215 win over Ripon Christian was especially satisfying.

The victory stands as Ripon’s third out of five games thus far this season after the Indians only collected one over the course of the last two years.

Conway led the way with a 46 and was followed by Talbot, who turned in a 47. Halyee Fannin carded a 48, and Fredricks returned with a 50.

Kara Hippert and Mylene Franco finished with 54, and 56, respectively for the throw-out scores.

“We’ve worked hard on our short game, chipping and putting,” D’Ambrosio said.  “That’s where you score in golf. Today wasn’t our best performance but it was solid.”

D’Ambrosio says the Indians put in two to three hours a week on off-days, and Conway, Talbot and Fredricks are starting to see the fruits of three year’s labor.

“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “You can really see how much they have improved. They are much more controlled out there this year.”

Ripon Christian wasn’t bad either. Rebeka Sipma played alongside Conway and split medalist honors with a 46.

Michelle Vader had a great day, carding a 49, while Makayla Sipma (56) and Kayla Sikkema (64) rounded out the card.

Ripon (3-2 Valley Foothill League North) had road contests with Calaveras and Bret Harte next week.

East Union 237, Sierra 247

Jillian Goulart (42) edged out Ashley Keisel  (43) for medalist honors Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course during the first of East Union’s two yearly battles with rival Sierra.

Jackie Ketner finished with a 44, and Alicia Kmiec carded a 45. Frances Telles, Tori Souza and Amanda Orr all finished with 48’s, and Katie Vaught shined with a 55.

Heather Schmitz had a 53, Heather Craft a 56, Allison Smith a 58, and Molina Keisel a 74.

“Jill and Katie really shined today,” EU co-head coach Dennis Wells said. “Katie turned in that 55 with a seven on a Par 3 (Hole 8).”

Ketner birdied three holes and had a 15-foot eagle putt, but double-bogeys on three other holes led to an up-and-down day.

“We still have more work to do,” Wells said. “Sierra is coming on strong. They were really tough.”

East Union (5-0 VOL) meets Ceres at RiverOaks Monday.

Weston Ranch 244, Central Valley 245

At the par-28 St. Stanislaus Golf Course in Ceres, Courtney Duran shot a 43 to help the Cougars even their record to 3-3.

Emily Medeiros trailed Weston Ranch’s leader by a stroke, Brittney Jasper carded a 46, Michelle Lord a 53 and Micneasha Vaughn 58.

Central Valley was the round’s medalist with a 38.

“We’ve had so many girls improve from the beginning of the season,” Weston Ranch co-coach Melanie Berezay said. “Micneasha started just last Thursday and didn’t double par any holes today.”

Manteca 241, Lathrop 333

At French Camp Golf Course, Kaylee Joaquin led the Buffaloes (5-1) with a solid 8-over-par 39. Danielle Roberts turned in a 43.

Marissa Leon paced Lathrop with a 57.

— Brandon Petersen