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Ripon Christian edges out Escalon in final tune-up
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With the Ripon Christian Knights no longer in the Trans Valley League, Escalon will have the sour taste of its two-stroke 224-226 loss to the Knights  in its mouth for the remainder of the season.

Ripon Christian (1-2) took the opportunity to battle with the Cougars on Spring Creek Country Club’s front nine, having a chance to take the match with a decent round from its No. 5 golfer.

“My first four were playing fairly solid and so I knew they were going to come in 45 or less,” Knights head coach Kevin Schenk said. “Much of our success this season will come down to the No. 5 spot where Brandon (Dotinga) plays.

“Brandon has improved 15 strokes since last year as a freshman. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but this season he has stepped up and looks ready to be a solid contributor.”

Dotinga turned in a 50 which helped the Knights pull out the two-stroke win. Tim Hoekesma led the charge with a 41 and Logan Vos was behind him a stroke with a 42. Danny Vos and Christian Manes followed suite with a 45 and 46, respectively.

The Knights will begin their first season in the Southern League Tuesday when they meet up with Turlock Christian at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club.

Valley Oak League
East Union 213, Kimball 232
The Lancers kept their unbeaten start to the Valley Oak League season intact with a 213-232 win over the Kimball Jaguars Wednesday.

Jordan Duvall led the Lancers (3-0) with a one-over-par 38, followed closely by Will Brink who recorded a 39. Evan Lewis closed the front nine at Manteca Park with a three-over-par 40, while teammates Eric Lewis (47) and Jordan Lun (49) rounded out the East Union top-five.

Kimball got a solid round from Brett William who shot a round of 42 to pace the Jaguars.

East Union will be back on the course Monday when they meet up with the Manteca Buffaloes at Manteca Park.