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Ripon golfers roll to VFL tourney win
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LODI — Ripon High’s girls golf team further solidified its place as the top team in the Valley Foothill League North Division on Monday, winning the mid-year tournament decisively with a 358 score at Micke Grove Golf Links.

The Indians managed to top runner-up Bret Harte (396) by nearly 40 strokes despite Breeana Huckell retiring mid-round because of an illness.

“The girls played solid in the stifling heat today,” Ripon coach Eric Dambrosio said. “The greens were fast and the rough was thick.”

Laura Williams and Alex Gonzales picked up the slack for Huckell, scoring an 82 and 83, respectively, for third- and fourth-place finishes. Escalon’s Madi Kindberg was low medalist with an 80, and Megan Popovich of Sonora took second with an 81.

Sixth—place finisher Claire Wever shot a lifetime best 90 at Micke Grove. Bianca Toledo and Emily Harris both added 103s for Ripon, good for an 11th-place tie.

“They did a great job today,” Dambrosio said.

Ripon is 7-0 in dual matches and travels to face Argonaut today. 

Valley Oak League

Sierra 273,

Weston Ranch 358

Legacy Barnes led the Timberwolves (4-8) in a lopsided win, finishing 10-over 47 at Manteca Park Golf Course. Kaitlyn Looney and Bryanna Gavino were co-runners up with 50s. Hailey Looney (59) and Aubrey White (67) rounded out the team’s score.

Weston Ranch was led by a 53 from Sierra Strambler. 



Manteca 14,

Kimball 6

TRACY — The Manteca sophomores rebounded from a scoreless first half Friday to post a 14-6 win in sophomore Valley Oak League football action over host Kimball of Tracy at Don Nicholson Stadium. 

Chris Ortiz and A.J. Martinez combined for more than 200 rushing yards with two touchdowns for the Buffaloes. Martinez had an 11-yard touchdown run with 123 yards on the ground and Ortiz had a 1-yard scoring plunge, gaining 93 rushing yards. Josiah Medina made two receptions totaling 52 yards. 

The Manteca defense was anchored by Alex Gouviea (interception), Austin Kivilahti (two sacks), Jerryn Grundy and Tyler Elks.