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Ripons Sharp medals, RC 2nd at Tracy Tournament
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TRACY – Nick Sharp’s game appears to be peaking at the right time.

So, too, does the overall play of the Ripon Christian boys golf team.

Surrounded by large-school programs, the tiny of town of Ripon dominated the dialogue in the clubhouse at the Tracy Country Club.

Sharp shot a 4-over 75 on Monday afternoon to earn medalist honors at the Tracy Tournament, a 10-team draw that featured schools from Tracy, Lodi, Stockton, Hughson and the Bay Area. 

Sharp, Ripon’s ace, finished two strokes clear of Ripon Christian’s Kyle Colyn (77), who set the pace for the Knights’ charge at the team title. Ripon Christian closed out with a 427, 13 strokes back of Liberty of Brentwood.

Ripon Christian coach Kevin Schenk said his team is rounding into postseason form with the Southern League championships at Chowchilla’s Pheasant Run looming next week. RC is 9-1 in league duals and splits its meetings with co-leader Turlock Christian, setting the stage for a winner-take-all scenario at the league tournament.

On Monday, the Knights received matching 81s from Andrew Manes and Jesse DeRousse, a 91 from Drew Baker, 97 from Tristan Vos and Vance Sipma chipped in with a 98. 

“I’ve very happy with how we played,” Schenk said. “Heading into the league tournament next – and hopefully sections following that – I feel like we’re peaking at the right time. Our last few rounds have been what I expected them to be.”