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Ripon boys water polo earns bronze in Sierra Shootout platinum division
Ripon boys water polo
Ripon’s Owen Curtiss searches for an open teammate while defended against Rocklin. . ALICIA BIEDERMANN/Photo contributed

Ripon’s boys water polo team more than held its own against large-school competition in the Sierra Shootout Tournament this past weekend.

The reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion Indians (6-1) took third in the highly-competitive platinum bracket, losing only to Rocklin in a close match. They were edged 14-12 by the Thunder, a semifinalist in the SJS Division I playoffs last year.

Ripon started with two blowout wins on Friday, thrashing Berkeley 19-9 and Lodi, 18-6. Following the loss to Rocklin, the Indians faced another Sierra Foothill League squad in the finale and downed Del Oro, 12-7.

Brody Biedermann was the standout performer for the Indians, as he totaled 16 goals, six assists, 10 blocks and eight steals. McKeane Beier added 11 goals, six assists and seven steals.

Goalie Benny Rodgers racked up 23 blocks, 11 of them coming against Del Oro.

Also contributing were Chetan Harvey (two goals, three assists, two blocks two steals), Ryan Bell (seven goals, five steals), Teo West (four goals, seven assists, six steals), Ben Svoboda (nine goals, eight assists, three steals, two blocks), Matthew Lee (four goals, three assists, two steals), Nate Selna (three goals, four assists, two steals) and Owen Curtiss (five goals, five assists, six blocks, seven steals).


Gregori 13, Sierra 11

The Timberwolves took a tough non-league loss Tuesday at Manteca High, as Gregori outscored them 3-1 in the final 1:30 to escape victorious.

Collins Schluer tallied six goals for Sierra, and Erfan Ballew chipped in four. Noah Sandoval scored one.



Sierra 11, Gregori 2

A close contest to start, Sierra (4-0) registered eight unanswered goals to keep its perfect record intact.

Lauren Ellis led the T’wolves’ balanced scoring with four goals. Gianna Ramos netted three, while Ama Fadeff, Nele Sanchez, Stephanie Thomason and Maya Murillo added one each.



Hilmar 181, Ripon 230

Ripon (3-0) continued its early-season roll Tuesday in the Trans-Valley League, getting an impressive 1-over 37 score from Katie Martin at Turlock Golf and Country Club. 

Aaliyah Martinez had the second best score overall with a 44. Dylann Ballard contributed a 49, and Anna Fisher a 51. Lilly Garza netted a 49 for Hilmar.


Lathrop 345, Grace Davis 401, Johansen 405

Lathrop picked up two Western Athletic Conference wins Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Mya Grisham was the overall medalist with a 59. Sophia Moreno added a 67.



Enochs 3, Sierra 2

Sierra (5-6) dropped a five-set heartbreaker in Modesto, 25-20, 17-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-17.

Zoe Kossart compiled 15 kills and 13 digs, and Karlie Burns turned in 12 digs and six aces. Sophia Threet handed out 17 assists to go with three kills and five digs.