With four players scoring in double figures, Ripon Christian’s boys basketball team vanquished Hilmar 58-32 on the road Wednesday to clinch at least a share of its third consecutive Trans-Valley League championship with three games remaining.
The Knights (9-0 TVL, 17-7 overall) can secure an outright claim Friday at home against Riverbank, which is tied for second place and looking to seize one of the final two available Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths.
Hilmar (2-7, 8-17) did well to stay within range through three quarters, but Ripon Christian broke it open with a 25-10 fourth quarter.
Eli Terpsma spearheaded the Knights’ balanced scoring with 19 points, pouring in eight in the decisive final period. Caleb Marte contributed 13 points, Jace Beidleman had 12 and Luke Crivello 10.
Noel Lopez led Hilmar with eight points.
Lathrop 78, Beyer 66
The Spartans (10-1, 15-8 overall) picked up a hard-earned Western Athletic Conference win on the road to keep pace with Mountain House as co-leaders.
Napoleon Reeves led Lathrop with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals. Raymond Carson collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Ahmad Jacquet and Alijah McCullough added 12 apiece, and Kameron Jones chipped in 11.
The Spartans’ JV team won 58-50, as did the freshmen, 58-55.
Sierra 2, Central Catholic 0
Jocelin Roa and Lindsey Rose each scored a goal, and Alani Mullenix contributed an assist, as Sierra (4-2-3, 11-6-3 overall) tightened its hold on the third spot in the Valley Oak League.
Annika Beall finished with seven saves in her fourth shutout of the season.
The Timberwolves wrap up the regular season next Monday at Manteca.
Oakdale 3, Manteca 2
The Buffaloes (2-3-3 VOL, 16-4-4 overall) took a disappointing loss on the road as they will battle for their postseason fate in tough matchups with Sierra and Kimball ahead.
Meanwhile, Oakdale (6-1-2, 14-1-2) inched closer to the VOL championship, thanks to the go-ahead score registered with eight minutes remaining.
Alexia Alva gave Manteca a 1-0 lead off an assist from Tatiana Orozco, igniting a back-and-forth opening half. It was tied 2-2 at halftine after Cami Silva buried the equalizer with Serenity Cerritos on the assist.
Goalkeeper Haylie Brasil came up with seven saves, one on an penalty kick.
JV girls soccer
Kimball 6, East Union 0
Julissa Rogers registered five saves at goal for East Union.
Sierra 14, Central Catholic 0
Peyton Duarte’s hat trick highlighted the Timberwolves’ lopsided home win.
Shayla Cline and Kileyann O’Neill each had a brace. Scoring one apiece were Leonela Gomez, Maitland Kohoutek, Katie Machado, Elizabeth Neuner, Mele Sanchez and Deborah Villalobos.
Frosh boys basketball
East Union 60, Central Catholic 37
J.P. Abrew’s 13 points and 10 rebounds anchored the blowout win for East Union.
Kirk Simoni contributed 15 points and five rebounds. Jackson Fay fired 12 points while grabbing seven boards.