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Ripon water polo teams sink Calaveras
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Amber Scheid of Ripon dishes it off while feeling the pressure from a Calaveras defender. - photo by Photo by SHANNON ESENWEIN

RIPON — Ripon High’s girls water polo team evened its Valley Oak League record to 1-1 with a lopsided 18-7 win over Calaveras, while the boys improved to 2-0 after a 13-2 blowout at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center on Monday.

Alexia Urias paced the girls team with five goals, Hannah Sweet fired four and Chloe Winter accounted for three. Mallory Brubaker and Kaela Gill chipped in two apiece.

The boys squad had its way with Calaveras, which did not score until the fourth quarter. Leading 4-0, coach Erik Zador required his players to play with their off hand, and Noah Esenwein (two goals, seven saves) replaced starting goalie Darnay Mack (five saves, four goals, three steals) in the cage for the second half.

With Mack leading the scoring, Kole Gonzales, Ty Wells and Daniel Esenwein contributed with two each. Diego Moreno tied Wells for the team lead in steals with four.

Ripon heads to Central Catholic on Wednesday.



Ripon 3, Hughson 1

HUGHSON  — The Indians (5-2, 11-6 overall) held off Hughson (3-4, 6-9) in four games — 25-23, 25-16, 16-25, 25-18 — to win their only Trans-Valley League match for the week.

Setter Stephanie Petlansky anchored the attack with 38 assists with Sam McCreath hitting 14 kills. Makayla Buie and Courtney Slamon had four blocks each, and Alaina Cornielsen served a pair of aces.

Ripon also won the sophomore match 25-11, 25-14, while Hughson claimed the sophomore contest, 25-23, 19-25, 16-14.



Ripon 14, Hughson 7

On Thursday night, the freshman finally got their offense untracked with a win over Trans-Valley League opponent Hilmar. On its fifth play from scrimmage, Roland Davis scooted around the left on a 20-yard TD run, but the 2-point conversion failed. Later in the game, Adam Wood drove in from the 3-yard line for the Indians second score of the night. Wood also ran in the 2-point conversion.