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Ripon boys water polo wins Vintage Valley title
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Ripons Noah Esenwein gets pressured by Logan Rogers of El Camino during the Vintage Valley Tournament in Napa on Friday. - photo by Photo by SHANNON ESENWEIN

NAPA — The Ripon High boys water polo team conquered the two-day Vintage Valley Tournament, returning home with the first-place trophy Saturday after edging out host Vintage 13-12 in its fifth and final match.

Noah Esenwein accounted for eight goals in the finale, while Ty Wells added four. Lucas Esenwein collected  eight steals, while goalie Matthew de la O came up with six saves. 

Esenwein totaled 29 goals, 11 assists and 21 steals — all team-highs — over the Indians’ five contests. Wells finished with 24 goals and 16 steals, Lucas Esenwein had three goals, eight assists and 14 steals. Maika West turned in a pair of goals and seven assists. De la O tallied 30 blocks.

Ripon also eked out a 9-8 victory over Lincoln of Stockton, using a three-goal outburst from Noah Esenwein in the third period to overcome a 4-2 halftime deficit. The Indians also notched wins over Justin Sienna, 16-10, El Camino, 11-6 and Roseville, 13-5.



Sierra 8, Kimball 1

The Timberwolves (6-1 Valley Oak League) had no trouble dispatching visiting Kimball despite playing four junior varsity players in doubles.

No. 1 singles player Kaitlyn Rausa continued her undefeated start in league with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Maxine Jacque. Nadia Petrovic (6-1, 6-1), Ellie Kim (6-2, 6-3), Melanie Nguyen (6-3, 6-2), Sydney Huynh (6-2, 6-3) and Natlie Rootsaert (6-3, 6-3) also swept.

Sierra’s only loss came at No. 1 doubles, with Kimball’s Valorie Bosch and Angel An knocking off Seerit Gill and Areej Choudhry, 6-3, 6-4. For Sierra, Mikayla Coburn and Jasmine Sebastian (3-6, 6-4, 6-3) and Abigal Leyva and Simran Kaur (6-7, 7-5, 10-7) came back to win in three sets.


Novice tournament

OAKDALE — Manteca’s Bella Huerta placed third in the Valley Oak League singles novice tournament on Saturday.

Angie Lowery and Jessica Jericoff, both of Oakdale, were the top two finishers.

Manteca did come away with a title, as Jeanine Foo and Ma Yanke defeated Oakdale’s Nicole Bunker and Olivia Doshas in the doubles final. Gabby Sansoni and Vivian Hernandez took third.