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Lancers win first duel with Sierra
Sierra’s Drew Allen watches as his chip off hole-2 fringe trickles into the cup. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
The Valley Oak League unquestionably has some of the best golfers in the Sac-Joaquin Section and a handful of them were on display Wednesday when Sierra High was edged out by East Union 204-216 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.

Lancer Kyle Harmon handled top billing, owning the course on his way to medalist honors with a round of 34 on the par-37 front nine. Teammate Will Brink strolled in five strokes off Harmon’s lead with a 39. Guilermo Barajas turned in a 42, while teammates Evan Lewis and Jordan Duvall carded a 44 and 45, respectively.

“I was really pleased with the guys today,” East Union head coach Dennis Wells said. “Especially shooting a 204 against Sierra, because sometimes when you are playing a good team that can beat you, not everybody shoots what you expect them to.

“I was extremely happy with Evan Lewis; even as much as I was pleased with Kyle.”

Lewis’ 44 provided the Lancers with a little bit of comfort, but Harmon’s round was in a class by itself. The East Union standout closed his round with four birdies and a bogie, giving him a four-stroke difference between Sierra’s low round of 38 turned in by Paul Michaleto.

“Kyle just shot an outstanding round,” Sierra head coach Jeff Williams said. “He shot three under and really did a phenomenal job today.

“He really is a good kid and an outstanding golfer.”

Williams’ crew did not fare too bad either, just missing a shot at clipping the Lancers with a few bulky scores. Miguel Dominguez shot an impressive 39, while Drew Allen made off one stroke lower than him with a 38. Chase Hunter and Ryan Leasure tallied a 50 and 51, respectively.

“It is a team effort, and sometimes when you don’t shoot good on the back side it hurts,” Williams said. “That’s why the four, five and six people are so important.

“East Union is just more consistent than we are.”

The Timberwolves (2-1) will try to get back in the win column at 3 p.m. when they travel to Ceres to take on the Bulldogs. Sierra will be back at Manteca Golf Course hosting the Weston Ranch Cougars.

Ripon 214, Beyer 231
MODESTO – The Indians turned in a solid performance at Dryden Park Golf Course, handling the Patriots behind a stellar round from freshman Andrew Bonner.

Bonner led the Indians with a round of 39, while Josh Richter (41), Zach Capel (42), Nick Mendonsa (46) and Matty Gay (46) all turned in solid rounds.

“We have some kids playing well,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “Zach Capel, for not playing golf last year, has really been a big help.
“He’s shooting bogey golf or better and filling a big void for us.”

Ripon (2-0) will be back on the course March 22 when they open Trans Valley League play with a match against the Hughson Huskies.

— Jagada Chambers