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Ripon tunes up for showdown with Escalon
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Chris Musseman expects better play out of his Ripon High boys golf team the next two days.

The Indians were gift-wrapped a win — they carded a 229 while host Modesto Christian did not have enough to field a full team — at Modesto Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday but will have to earn one today when they travel to Oakdale Golf & Country Club to face Trans-Valley League-leading Escalon.  Then on Thursday Ripon (7-1) welcomes third place Hilmar.

“If we play like we did today it’s not going to cut it,” Musseman said. “But it’s hard to go into a match completely focused knowing that you already have the victory.”

Kole Gonzalez was co-medalist with Modesto Christian’s Anthony Helou with a 7-over-par 42. The windy conditions affected all players involved. Nick Sharp, a TVL Most Outstanding Player contender, settled for a 43. Josh Angel and Justin Brito each turned in a 47, while Luis Candido finished with a 50.

Valley Oak League

Kimball 233, Manteca 265

Kyle Howard placed fourth in the VOL dual hosted at Tracy Country Club. His 48 trailed Kimball’s Reese Maxfield (40), Chris Maxfield (42) and Peter Van Katwyk (44).

Also scoring for the Buffaloes (2-9) were: Ray Gallardo (51), Alex Armendariz (52), Jacob Tolbert (56) and Josh Keener (58).