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ROUNDUP: RC boys volleyball sweeps Manteca; East Union secures baseball top seed
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Ripon Christian’s boys volleyball team rallied in the final set Tuesday to secure a 25-21, 25-6, 25-21 sweep over visiting Manteca on Senior Night.

Jaden Booth, Kevin Moore, Kyler O’Connor, Derek Scholten, Lukas Van Groningen and Braden Van Groningen were honored before the match.

O’Connor helped give them early momentum by serving eight straight points late in the first set. Ripon Christian dominated the second set but trailed for much of the third after falling behind early, 8-3.

Braden Van Groningen finished with 20 kills and two aces. He’s heading to The Master’s University where he’ll continue playing volleyball.

Joel Van Groningen pitched in 16 kills and two aces. Dordt-bound setter Lukas Van Groningen tallied eight kills and 23 assists. Booth contributed four kills.

Camden Steckler finished with seven kills and three blocks for Manteca (9-5). Bryan Alvarez dished out eight assists. Alejandro Tornero and Angel Rodriguez had three kills each.



East Union 13, Weston Ranch 3 (5)

The Lancers (15-3, 16-3 overall) secured the top seed of next week’s Valley Oak League postseason tournament. They set the tone with eight runs in the top of the first and coasted from there.

“At the beginning of the year we set a goal and today brought us one step closer to that goal,” East Union coach Carlos Herrera said.  “And the best part of that is we did it together as a team. Could not be more proud to be these young men’s coach.”

Austin Orr fired six strikeouts in his three-inning start, and Carlos Alvarez struck out three in the final two. They combined for a three-hitter and also factored into the offense — Orr finished 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs, while Alvarez added a double and two runs.

Leadoff batter Willie Segura went 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs. Anthony Flores and Ashton Heath (two doubles) both had two hits and three runs. JP Perazzo hit 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Mateo Guevara contributed an RBI triple and a run.



Ripon Christian 204, Ripon 242

The Knights are likely to finish in a first-place tie in their lone season in the Valley Oak League after taking care of business against their in-town rival at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.

Camdan Indelicato was low medalist with an even 36. All five of RC’s scorers topped Ripon’s No. 1. Dylan Koolhaas contributed a 40, Cade Van Groningen a 41, Wyatt Hayes a 43 and Ethan Schenk a 44.

Jeremie Little paced Ripon with a 47. Kenneth Johnson and Jacob Baird each had a 47. Gage Anderson scored a 49, and Evan McKeon a 54.

Both teams end the season today at Jack Tone Golf Course, with Ripon hosting East Union and Ripon Christian taking on Sierra.



Manteca 2, Central Catholic 1

Caitlynn Wong and Jordyn Silva scored for the Buffaloes (8-2-1 VOL, 11-2-1 overall), who avenged one of their two losses of the season. The Buffs were edged out 1-0 at Central Catholic (6-4-1, 7-5-2)

on May 17. Julia Zensius netted the Raiders’ goal.



East Union 11, Ripon 0

The Lancers capped their season last week with a fourth win in six days, keeping themselves in contention for a share of the VOL title with a 12-2 record. They await today’s result between Central Catholic and Oakdale, the latter of which leads by a game.

“If Oakdale goes on to win, hats off to them, they earned it, and we can live with being their only loss at the end of the day,” East Union coach Fernando Maestas said.

Noah Calmes pitched the shutout, striking out three, walking two and hitting one. Ripon got its lone hit with two outs, but freshman outfielder Zach Grabowski turned it into a highlight for the Lancers as he fired an assist to the plate to preserve the shutout. He also ended the game with a bases-clearing triple.

Offensively, leadoff hitter Ace Avelar went 3 for 4 with three runs and six steals. Justin Severson added three hits, while Nick Ridgewell and Mitch Lill each had two hits and a double. Calmes contributed a singles and two steals. Brandon Pine, A.J. Vasquez and Caanan Showers also contributed hits and runs.