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ROUNDUP: East Union's Freeman takes 2nd in Laythe Invitational
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Cooper Freeman was the top performer from the area in the Tom Laythe Invitational this past Saturday, as he took second in 17 minutes, 1.53 seconds in the 5,000-meter varsity boys small-schools race. He led East Union’s third-place finish (102 points) behind El Dorado (50) and Placer (62). There were 19 teams entered in the division.

The meet gave local competitors a chance to get reacquainted with the Willow Hills Reservoir course in Folsom, the site of the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

Cooper’s fellow Lancers Evan Cooper (17th, 18:43.66), Johnny Sandoval (19th, 18:50.42) and Maury Ortiz (24th, 19:20.38) also finished in the top 25.

Manteca sophomore Sienna Jones shined in varsity girls, taking fifth in 21:16.60.

Sierra placed sixth out of 14 frosh-soph boys teams and was paced by Tristan Crowe (12th, 13:17.99 and Ernesto Pacheco (22nd, 13:52.35) on the 3,400-meter course. Among the top frosh-soph girls runners were Sierra’s Kiana Kutch (fifth, 15:20.45), East Union’s, Jarely Ortiz (sixth, 15:36.28) and Manteca’s Jordyn Hegarty (13th, 16:19.24).


Del Oro Invitational

Omar Alsaidi (16:28.8) highlighted runners from Ripon with an 11th-place effort in the varsity boys division of the Del Oro Invitational hosted at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The Indians took seventh out of nine as a team.

The varsity girls finished in fourth place out of six with Annie Wild (14th, 19:04.9) leading the charge. Jenna Skavdahl (19:56.4) and Malia Locarnini (19:57.1) took 21st and 22nd, respectively.

Ripon’s JV boys ended in third with James Wilkins (seventh, 12:19.1), Ivan Gladnikov (eighth, 12:21.3) and Ivan Serrano (10th, 12:26.9) all finishing in the top 10. Alannah Lehr (15:10.9) and Lauren Martini (15:37.6) were eighth and ninth in JV girls.


Amanda Garcia Memorial Invitational

Lathrop took a contingent to the meet in Atwater, allowing much of their least experience runners to run the 3-mile course.

Aron Camacho (56th, 19:22.8) was the Spartans’ top runner who competed in the 3-mile Greg McKinstry Boys Championship. Stephanie Andrade Salcedo (58th, 24.:3.4) led Lathrop in in the Dave Donaldson Girls Championship.



Oakdale 3, East Union 0

Host Oakdale coasted to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 sweep.

Valerie Ochoa led the visiting Lancers with four kills and five digs. Mariela Navarro contributed three kills and five blocks, Isabel Ugalino handed out 12 assists, and Meritiana Luani had 12 digs.


Sierra 3, Weston Ranch 0

Zoe Kossart clobbered 14 kills while picking up five digs, helping Sierra (3-2 VOL, 5-4 overall) prevail, 25-20, 25-20, 25-10.

Rebecca Thomson orchestrated the attack, finishing with 25 assists. Elise Vaifale added four kills, and Jenna Dalen had five digs.


Ripon Christian 3, Waterford 0

The Knights (9-0, 24-3 overall) continued their march to the Southern Athletic League title with a routine 25-16, 25-11, 25-12 sweep at Waterford.

Emily Van Groningen led the way with 12 kills and seven digs, while Jenna Hofman rung up 25 assists and three blocks. Olivia Ozenbaugh tallied seven digs, and Avery McMurray served six aces.


JV volleyball

Ripon Christian 2, Waterford 0

Sydney Hofman converted five kills on her six hitting attempts in the 25-14, 25-19 win for the Knights. Dayna Koolhaas also had five kills.

Megan Weststeyn recorded 18 assists and four aces. Lean Van Wyngarden served four aces while leading the back row with five digs.


East Union 2, Oakdale 1

The Lancers escaped with a hard-earned 21-25, 25-12, 18-16 win.

Giselle Velazquez spearheaded a balanced attack for EU with eight kills. Vanessa Padilla contributed six kills and two blocks. Jatziry Garcia added five kills along with 12 service points. Setter Marcella Carrenza racked up with 23 assists and four kills.


Frosh volleyball

East Union 2, Oakdale 0

Katelynn Trevino rung up seven kills, two blocks and two aces as the Lancers held off Oakdale, 25-15, 25-22.

Princess Jefferson added five kills to to the attack, and Genesis Rodriguez fired three aces. Laura Montanez dished out six assists.