Ripon Christian's boys golf team is proving it can compete with the bigger schools during its one-season run in the Valley Oak League.
On Wednesday, the Knights defeated rival Ripon at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, 199-209. They were led by Camdan Indelicato's even 35 and are now 3-1 with the lone loss coming against Oakdale on Monday, 207-210.
Oakdale is a VOL original and the reigning champ, while Ripon has been a top team out of the Trans-Valley League in the past decade-plus. Ripon already has two losses to Oakdale and has fallen to 1-3, but coach Chris Musseman expects his young squad to be more competitive with more practice. Also the Indians' head football coach, Musseman has had little practice time with his team so far.
“Playing Oakdale back-to-back like we did put us at a big disadvantage without practice,” he said. “We're going to get better, we just have some little things to clean up.”
Indelicato returns for Ripon Christian after winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI Tournament individual title in 2019. Dylan Koolhaas and Cade Van Groningen backed his solid outing by each carding a 40. Wyatt Hayes finished with a 41, and Nick Te Velde a 43.
Ripon's Trent Vink was the overall runner-up with a 37. Kenny Johnson (40), Jeremie Little (43), Evan McKeon (44) and Jacob Baird (45) also scored for the Indians.
Oakdale 224, Sierra 269
Zach Van Zwaluenburg led the host Timberwolves with a 48 at Manteca Park Golf Course. Oakdale's Ryan Meyer was low medalist with a 1-over 37.
Sierra's Aiden Hillard turned in a 50 and was part of a three-way tie for fifth place. Jimmy Thai (58), Konner Spears (59) and James Musquiz (74) were the Timberwolves' other contributors.
Manteca 203, Weston Ranch DQ
Manteca's Karson Condit and Johnathan Ordner of the host Cougars tied for low medalist at 8-over 35 on the executive par-3 course at Swenson Park. John Cruz trailed the co-leaders by a stroke for Weston Ranch, which did not qualify for a team score.
For Manteca, Connor DePrater and Zenon Garay each scored a 37. Ezekial Segura pitched in a 46, and Reese George a 48.
Lathrop 8, Grace Davis 4
Jasper Tover pitched six innings and struck out five for the win in Lathrop's season opener Tuesday. He. was also 4 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs. Noah Martinez drove in four runs, finishing 2 for 5.
Patterson 16, Lathrop 4 (5)
Ishmet Uppal led the Spartans at the plate with a 2-for-2 effort that includes an RBI. Maddie Brown contributed a two-run single.
“If we could get rid of the one bad inning, it would have been a very different ballgame,” Lathrop coach Stephanie Maestretti said. “Our aggressiveness at the plate caused us more trouble than good this time. Small adjustments moving forward should get us back on track.”
Manteca 2, East Union 0
Freshman Sienna Jones buried both goals in the second half at Dino Cunial Field, with Cameron Silva setting her up each time with passes from the center.
Aimee Meier came up with eight saves to preserve the shutout for the Buffaloes (1-0 VOL, 5-0 overall), whose best has yet to come.
“We have a bunch of new pieces and we're still trying to figure out how to put everything together,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said.
Sierra 10, Central Catholic 2
Host Central Catholic had no answer for Jocelin Roa, who fired three goals and two assists in the VOL opener for the reigning champion Timberwolves (1-0, 3-0).
Jenna Villanueva and Annika Rose each scored twice. Jenna Castro, Nicole Martin and Annalise Paule had one goal apiece. Presley Perez and Zoe Willson each assisted two goals.
Oakdale 6, Weston Ranch 0
With no tune-up matches to prepare, the Cougars struggled at the start of their VOL opener but got stronger in the later stages of the match.
Kehura Ellerbe and Jassmine Ruelas split time at goal, finishing with six and eight saves, respectively. With a young group of just 15 players, Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla was encouraged by his team's effort. The Cougars gave up three goals in the first 15 minutes but tightened up from there.
“We have three freshman and a few kids who have never played before, and they're making the immediate jump to varsity,” he said. “This group of kids I have is hard working. We're coming out of this with more positives than negatives despite what the score says.”
Ripon 2, Kimball 2
Mia Level twice came up with two equalizing goals for visiting Kimball, the second of which was scored in the final minute.
Ariana Scholten delivered both of Ripon's goals, scoring in the third and 51st minutes with assists from Maddie Winter and Kylie Tijero. The Indians had a 15-13 shot advantage. Goalie Jaden Vivit secured six saves.
TRACK & FIELD
East Union at Ripon
Ripon's boys team had multi-event winners in Jaden Hamilton (100, pole vault), Landon West (200, 400), Anthony Sausedo (110, 300 hurdles) and Otto Kellner (shot put, discus). The girls were led by Annie Wild, who won the mile and two-mile races.
East Union double winners were Taylor Snaer (100, 200), Johnny Sandoval (1,600; 3,200) and Christian Avina (high jump, long jump).
The VOL dual meet was not scored.
Lathrop 3, Grace Davis 0
One night after beating the same squad in five, Lathrop closed it out with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-12 in the rematch at home.
Camila De La Garza led the way with 31 assists, two aces and a kill. Ke'Mya Barnett batted down seven kills, LaNicia Ellis had six and Charlene Bernal five. Thracylie Acoba served seven aces.
Kimball 24, Ripon Christian 10
Down both of their normal pitchers, the Knights had trouble keeping up in their road game in Tracy.
Grace Oneto went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Allison Brown hit 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Maclaira Camper also roped two hits, and Mikaela Vander Molen plated three runs.
JV girls volleyball
Lathrop 2, Grace Davis 0
Alondra Basulto registered four aces and three kills to help Lathrop coast to a 25-7, 25-6 win.
Kaitlyn Hedman contributed five aces. Alejandra Vasquez served a pair of aces to go with four assists.
East Union 18, Manteca 5
AJ Vasquez Jr. gave up one unearned run and one hit in the Lancers' blowout win over their rival on Tuesday. They improved to 6-1 on the VOL and 8-1 overall.