HILMAR — Ripon Christian’s boys basketball team remains locked in a first-place tie with reigning Trans-Valley League champion Ripon after fending off a late charge from Hilmar on Friday night.
Trailing by eight, the Yellowjackets mounted a comeback and scored seven unanswered points before coming up short, 54-53, missing a driving layup at the buzzer.
Ripon Christian (4-0 TVL, 12-4 overall) has won five straight and welcomes Ceres tonight for a non-league contest. The Knights host dangerous Riverbank next Tuesday and faces Ripon on Friday, Jan. 18.
Cade Alger did his part in keeping Ripon Christian’s perfect league record intact, scoring 26 points. Jacob Van Groningen contributed with 10 points.
The Knights trailed just once but had several opportunities to break open, starting with their 11-3 run following the opening tip-off. Hilmar was paced by Aidan Azevedo’s 12 points. Justin Barros added 11, and Treven Crowley and Will Tate had 10 apiece.
Ripon 61, Hughson 33
HUGHSON — Ripon (4-0 TVL, 9-10 overall) struggled offensively at the outset but made up for it with consistent defense.
The Indians had their way in the post, with 6-foot-4 Baz Cheema collecting 18 points and 10 rebounds and 6-8 center Vincent Olmo finishing with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Adam Wood made four 3s and totaled 12 points.
Ripon has a week off from game action before playing host to Ripon Christian.
Ripon Christian 3, Waterford 0
RIPON — Ripon Christian (4-0-1, 9-1-3 overall) survived an early onslaught from Waterford (2-2-2, 4-4-2) in this pivotal Southern Athletic League clash.
Nicole Chapman came up with two big saves, and Rachel Oosterman got the Knights’ attack going with a goal in the 12th minute. Elle Van Wyngarden set up the scoring play with a run down the left sideline and a negative pass to Oosterman at the top of the penalty box.
Van Wyngarden added another assist in the first half, sending a centered pass to Janine Prins. Oosterman punched in the other insurance goal in the 54th minute following an opposite-post cross from Thea Vander Meulen.
The shutout is the 11th this season for Ripon Christian.
Sierra 10, Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON — Jadyn Shinn scored 25 seconds into the match, and the Timberwolves (6-0 Valley Oak League, 18-2-1 overall) built a 5-0 lead by the 15th minute.
Shinn ended up with two goals and an assist, as did Tiana Cello and Yasmin Ballew. Jenna Villanueva pitched in with one goal and an assist. Nicole Martin, Jenna Castro and Kaitlyn Berdiago each scored once.
Tim Brown Memorial
SACRAMENTO — Three local wrestlers survived the first day of the Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Friday at Cal Expo.
Trinidad Diaz (160 pounds) from East Union and Dominic Day (135) from Manteca went undefeated while the Lancers’ Tyler Diaz lost one match and is still alive in the consolation bracket.
Trinidad Diaz won both of his matches by pin and Day pocketed a major-decision and decision win.
Tyler Diaz won via pin and decision before losing by major decision. He then came up with a pin in an elimination match to advance to this morning.
Wrestling continues today at 9:15 a.m.