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Ripon girls seize outright VOL crown
Ripon-Sierra water polo
Ripon’s Mia Sickler-Lopez (11) winds up for a shot while defended by Sierra's Lauren Ellis (3) and Amy Fadeff. Photo by ALICIA BIEDERMANN

Ripon’s girls team secured sole possession of the Valley Oak League championship Thursday with a 12-4 win in their regular-season finale at Sierra.

Ripon-Sierra water polo
Ripon’s Chetan Harvey defends Sierra's Gabriel Monasterio, who looks to make the pass. Photo by ALICIA BIEDERMANN
The Indians’ boys have one more game left against Kimball and can guarantee at least a share of the title with a victory. They had their way with Sierra, 20-3.

Ripon had eight different goal scorers in the boys match. The Indians broke away with a 13-1 run in the middle two quarters.

Brody Biedermann (two assists, two steals) and Nate Selna (assist, two steals) spearheaded them with four goals apiece. Teo West added three goals, three assists and a steal.

Owen Curtis (assist, block, steal), Ben Svoboda (assist), Ryan Bell (two assists, block, steal) and McKeane Beier (two assists, block, four steals) each scored two. Chetan Harvey chipped in a goal, two assists, one block and one steal. Matthew Lee collected four steals and three assists. Goalie Benny Rogers came up with four blocks and a steal.

Erfan Ballew, Jacob Hargus and Gabriel Monasterio accounted for Sierra’s scoring.

Tiffany Hunter amassed 13 blocks and seven steals while protecting Ripon’s goal in the girls game.

Hailey Kneif led the attack with five goals, while Mia Sickler-Lopez fired five goals to go with three steals.

Sami Scheid, Madeline Curtis and Maddy Staley (three assists) buried one goal apiece. Chloe Price contributed with two assists and two steals. Crystallyn Tran had three steals and one assist.

For Sierra, Gianna Ramos recorded four goals, and Amy Fadeff scored one.  

The Timberwolves host Oakdale next Tuesday in their regular-season finale. Ripon’s girls will compete in the Julian Szmidt Memorial Tournament today and Saturday in Napa, while the boys are in the DeLong Tournament platinum division in Modesto. Ripon’s boys close out VOL play with a coed game against Kimball next Tuesday.


Kimball 15, East Union 11

The Lancers came up short in the competitive coed matchup.

Madelynn Miske led the charge with four goals, while Jesse Moe ended with three. Landon Wolfe contributed two.