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ROUNDUP: Lathrop volleyball, Sierra tennis secure league championships
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Lathrop’s boys volleyball claimed the outright Western Athletic Conference crown Thursday after fending off defending champion Mountain House on the road, 27-25, 25-17, 19-25, 20-25, 15-10.

The Spartans (14-0, 23-5 overall), who earned their third title, were led by sophomore Gabriel Fa’ali’i’s 19 kills, two aces and 10 digs. Marco Palomares amassed 17 kills, three solo blocks and eight digs.

Setter Alexander Vere accumulated 37 assists, three aces and five digs. Charles Reyes led the defense with 18 digs.

The Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs begin on May 2.


Manteca 11, Kimball 10

In an eight-inning game that included 29 hits, the host Buffaloes (5-1 VOL, 13-3 overall) were able to squeak out the Valley Oak League win.

“It was good to see our offense finally break out like that,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “We had hits from almost everyone in the lineup. We didn’t get too down when things didn’t go our way just continued to fight for the win. Couldn’t be more proud of the team.”

Lauren Moncada and Jocelyn Baptist supplied much of the power for the Buffaloes (5-1 VOL, 13-3 overall), as they each went 3 for 4 at the plate. Moncada blasted a home run, scored four times and had three RBIs. Baptist belted a pair of doubles and drove in three runs.

Isabel Tonna went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Riley Ward contributed a double and a run. Winning pitcher Nayellys Torres threw the final 4 1/3 innings.

Alexa Contreras went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs for Kimball (2-4, 9-7).

East Union 6, Sierra 1

At Northgate Softball Complex, Caliyah Lopez went 3 for 3 with two runs and two steals to highlight the Lancers’ 12-hit attack.

Mikayla Simpson was 2 for 4 with a run, Mackenzie Nervis crushed a solo homer, Aubree Gann drove in two runs and Sienna Owen contributed an RBI double.

Lily Pickering went the distance in the pitcher’s circle for East Union (2-4 VOL, 12-7 overall), registering nine strikeouts in the five-hitter.

Lathrop 13, Pacheco 0 (5)

The host Spartans (5-4, 10-6 overall) ended a five-game skid while busting out of their hitting slump in the WAC victory.

Luz De Luna (double, three runs, two RBIs) and Tianna Gonzalez (three runs, two RBIs) both went 2 or 3 to lead the assault. Ariana Fuentes drilled a two-run home run, finishing with four RBIs.

Fuentes also pitched four innings, striking out 10 and giving up three hits. Maci De Costa pitched a perfect fifth inning, striking out one.


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Ripon was the top team at Turlock Golf & Country Club with a 405. Hughson was a distant second place with a 495.

Jeremie Little led the Indians with a 3-over 75, and Ty Herrin followed with a 79. Vincent Uecker (82), Richie Hughes (84) and Marcus Jose Atienza (85) rounded out scoring.

Ripon Christian 165, Waterford 236

The Southern Athletic League-leading Knights finished 10-over par as a team at River Oaks Golf Course in Ceres.

Matthew Ubick had a clean card with one birdie and no bogeys. He’s one of three Ripon Christian players to score a 1-under 30. Ethan Schenk and Trey Van Groningen also produced 30s, Ben Miller chipped in a 37 and Jack Dooley had a 38.

Mountain House 433, Lathrop 510

At Tracy Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, the Spartans netted their best 18-hole score of the season behind co-runner-up Brayden Beckman’s 81. Chandler Frahm of Mountain House was low medalist at 5-over 77.

Jayden Wall contributed a 98 for Lathrop, and Matthew Hammond added a 111. Raphael Iniguez (106), Ariyan Patel (114) and Jared Isla (throw-out 116) turned in their season-low scores.


Sierra 8, Kimball 1

In Tracy, the Timberwolves (9-1, 13-1 overall) secured a share of the first Valley Oak League boys tennis championship in the 30-year history of their school.

Brady Alves (6-0, 6-1), Ashton Hillard (6-0, 6-0), Hasnain Ali (6-4, 7-6), Oliver Naven (6-1, 6-3) and Santiago Franco (7-6, 6-2) swept in singles play. No. 3 David Martin fell against Pranav Ramesh, 2-6, 3-6.

Doubles winners were Sid Gopendran/Sparsh Beedi, Ryan Alves/Harsith Kumar (6-4, 6-2) and Zain Ali/Alex Rey Rosario (7-6, 6-3).

JV boys volleyball

Mountain House 2, Lathrop 1

Visiting Lathrop came up short, 24-26, 25-20, 7-15 in the regular-season finale.

Elias Medel paced the Spartans with nine kills and two aces. Mario Luna had 16 assists and two aces. Josh Ramirez picked up eight digs.

JV softball

Pacheco 24, Lathrop 1

Sophia Pena led Lathrop at the plate, going 2 for 2. Aaliyah Roberts and Kalea Rogers each had a hit.