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ROUNDUP: Ilardi leads Ripon to another girls golf title
Ripon girls water polo wins division at Western States tourney
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Ripon’s girls golf team secured the outright Valley Foothill League North Division title Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course. Pictured are Gabbi Ilardi, Katie Martin, Zoe Bremer, Ana DiGiulio, Vivian Parsons and Aaliyah Martinez. - photo by Contributed

Led by repeat MVP Gabbi Ilardi, the Ripon High girls golf team completed another dominant run through the Valley Foothill League schedule on Monday with its first-place finish in the North Division Championships held at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Ilardi is one of four Indians to earn All-VFL patches and was low medalist with a 5-over-par 77. Ripon recorded a score of 367, beating out Argonaut’s 385. Argonaut teammates Ashley Rolen and Lily Stern were co-runners up with 86s.

Ripon garnered a fifth league title in six years under head coach Eric Dambrosio. The Indians more than held their own competing against Valley Oak League schools during the pandemic-shortened spring season and no championships were awarded. Ilardi earned VFL North MVP honors as a freshman.

“I am super proud of the girls and all of their hard work,” Dambrosio said. “We practiced for ours on their short game. It paid off.”

Zoe Bremer carded an 87 and placed fourth overall. Katie Martin added a 91, and Vivian Parsons rounded out Ripon’s score with a 112. The trio joined Ilardi on the all-league team.

Up next is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland.



Kimball 56, Sierra 14

Sierra faced the top passing attack in the Sac-Joaquin Section on Friday, but host Kimball used a more balanced attack en route to the blowout victory.

The Jaguars (3-1 Valley Oak League, 7-1 overall) of Tracy totaled 321 yards, with standout quarterback Nicholas Coronado finishing 8 of 13 for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for three touchdowns, one covering 66 yards and another 67 yards.

Kimball also showed its big-play ability on special teams, getting its final two TDs on 97- and 75-yard kickoff returns from Travis Marieiro and Darius Doyle, respectively.

Victor Serna (5 of 9, 58 yards, two interceptions) had a hand in both of Sierra’s scores, first hitting Izayah Houston for a 17-yard pass touchdown late in the second quarter. Kimball led 48-7 at halftime.

The Timberwolves (1-4, 1-8) later capitalized on a turnover inside Kimball’s 10-yard line. Serna punched it in with a 1-yard keeper. Anthony Grady led Sierra with 81 rushing yards on 26 attempts. Sierra was limited to 156 yards.


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The Ripon girls water polo team won its division in the Western States tournament in Modesto on Saturday. - photo by Contributed

Western States

Ripon’s girls team fared well in the 34-team event spread across six pools in four cities, including Ervin Zador Aquatic Center in Ripon. The Indians finished 3-1 and were winners of the blue division.

They avenged an early-season loss to Morro Bay in the finale, prevailing 7-4 at Downey High in Modesto. Delaney Brubaker amassed 17 saves at goal, and Hailey Knief shined with five goals and two steals. Earlier on Saturday, the Indians held off Gregori, 6-3. Knief had three goals and an assist. Kennedy Brubaker and Mia Sickler-Lopez led the defensive effort with four steals apiece, and Delaney Brubaker collected 11 saves.

Ripon opened the tournament Friday with a 13-1 loss to Buchanan of Clovis. Chloe Price accounted for the Indians’ lone goal. They bounced back with an 8-3 victory over Lincoln. Delaney Brubaker (13 saves) had a shutout brewing until she was replaced by freshman Isabella Miller. Kennedy Brubaker fired three goals. Knief and Sickler-Lopez struck for two each.



Ripon Christian 3, Delhi 0

The Knights (13-0, 31-5 overall) secured the outright championship in the Southern Athletic League with a dominant effort on Senior Night, winning, 25-4, 25-7, 25-8.

Senior setter Jenna Hofman orchestrated the attack, racking up 38 assists to go with six aces. Ava Van Groningen swatted 15 kills, and Olivia Ozenbaugh had eight. Seniors Kristen Van Elderen and Emily Van Groningen led the defense with seven and six digs, respectively.


Manteca 3, Weston Ranch 0

Valley Oak League co-leading Manteca (9-1, 22-6 overall) sent off its 10 seniors with a commanding 25-11, 25-15, 25-5 victory.

Fourth-year varsity players Abbey Kadillak (15 digs, two aces) and Karlie Spohn (10 kills) anchored the Buffaloes along with fellow seniors Arielle Chandler (19 assists, six digs), Adrianna Powell (five kills, two aces), Camrenne Genilla (three kills) and Isabella Pires (five digs, six service points).


Lathrop 3, Pacheco 0

LaNicia Ellis clobbered nine kills to lead Lathrop’s 25-17, 25-12, 25-18 sweep in Western Athletic Conference play on Friday.

Alaba Olaleye (seven kills), Sydney Hanks (five kills, two blocks), Krystle Sakay (three kills, six digs) and Hailey Grant (four kills) contributed to the attack. Thracylie Acoba and Lylliana Avila paced the defense with 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Camila De La Garza added 28 assists, four digs and two aces.



Hughson SuperCross Invitational

East Union’s Cooper Freeman spearheaded a small contingent of area runners on Saturday, placing fifth in 13 minutes, 56.53 seconds. Fellow Lancers Juan Cortes and Gerardo Cleto Herrera took 44th and 80th, respectively.

Nathan Puck (97th), Radames Garcia (100th) and Michael Salcedo (104th) were also part of the varsity boys field. Ripon Christian’s Jacob Camper took 121st, and Caleb Paulson was 137th.

The top varsity girls runner from the area was Linda Medrano, who finished 24th in 18:12.78. Ripon Christian’s Maya De Jong followed in 38th, East Union’s Gisel Velazquez in 41st, Lathrop’s Stephanie Andrade Salcedo in 90th and Lathrop’s Lucianna Valdez in 101st.

Ripon Christian came in second in JV girls and was led by freshman Addison De Jong’s 10th-place finish in 21:20.28.


Thunder XC Classic

Annie Wild led Ripon’s varsity girls to a third-place team finish at Lake Yosemite on Saturday. She took fourth individually in 19:30.7, with fellow Indians Jenna Skavdahl (sixth, 19:53.3) and Malia Locarnini (seventh, 19:53.5) close behind. Joselin Figueroa (20th) and Alyson Harvey (25th) also scored for Ripon. Kiana Kutch of Sierra took 24th.

Omar Alsaidi paced the Ripon varsity boys team with a seventh-place finish in 15:59.8. The Indians ended up fifth as a team. Also contributing were Valente Hernandez (25th), Tristan Anderson (36th), Devin Fitzpatrick (40th) and Luke Bair (41st). Sierra’s Brendan Alson and Nicholas Corona Velazquez placed 27th and 35th, respectively.

Sierra’s boys and Ripon’s girls were team runners-up in the frosh-soph level. In the boys race, Tristan Crowe and Ernesto Pacheco finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Ripon had three top-10 placers with second-place Mallory Govia leading the charge. Emilie Benavides came in fifth, and Celeste Nunez in 10th. Ripon’s James Wilkins took sixth in JV boys.


JV volleyball

Lathrop 2, Pacheco 0

Janessa Ward tallied six kills, three aces and four digs as the Spartans cruise to a 25-15, 25-8 win.

Elizabeth Andre chipped in four kills and three aces. Mailynn Lindsey recorded 10 digs, and Julia Roaquin handed out 15 assists.


Manteca 2, Weston Ranch 0

The Buffaloes held on for the 25-16, 25-18 sweep and were led by the all-around play of libero Emily Inderbitzin, who had four kills and five aces.

Ava Negranza tallied 12 assists and three aces. Carsyn Van Sant added six kills, and Rayana Ladd served five aces.


Ripon Christian 2, Delhi 0

Megan Weststeyn fired 13 service aces to highlighted a one-sided 25-7, 25-5 victory for the SAL-undefeated Knights.


Frosh volleyball

Lathrop 2, Pacheco 0

The Spartans swept 27-25, 25-15 after stealing the opening set with a wild comeback. Pacheco had a chance to set the tone but blew a 24-16 lead in the first game.

Sara Valadez spearheaded the attack with six kills and four aces. Annabelle Obasuyi added four kills, Annie Millan had six aces, Zoe Cejas collected four digs and Alyssa Roller accumulated 12 assists.


Manteca 2, Weston Ranch 0

Ariel De La O rung up nine service aces, and Nicole Ayala had five as Manteca rolled, 25-16, 25-16. Amil Gaskins highlighted the front row with seven kills, while Bella Medina chipped in three.