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ROUNDUP: Ripon water polo sweeps at Sierra
Indians set up 1st-place VOL showdown with Oakdale
Bulletin sports fall 2021
Sierra’s Amy Fadeff defends Tiffani Hunter of Ripon. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Ripon High’s girls and boys water polo teams traveled to Sierra on Thursday, and both won handily to set up their big Valley Oak League games with Oakdale.

The Indians girls squad allowed just one goal in the second and third quarters combined, cruising to a 12-7 victory. McKeane Beier amassed seven goals in the boys game as Ripon routed the Timberwolves, 18-7.

Kennedy Brubaker led the attack for the Ripon girls, accumulating five goals and three assists. It was competitive at the start, as Lauren Ellis gave Sierra the 1-0 lead and the score was tied at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter. Then Timberwolves were shut out in the second period, 5-0.

Chloe Price contributed three goals and two steals for the Indians. Taylor Blair and Mia Sickler chipped in two goals and four steals each. Goalie Delaney Brubaker came up with three saves, nine blocks and three assists while aiding the attack with an assist.

Amy Fadeff tallied three goals to lead Sierra. Ellis finished with two goals, while Taylor Miske and Marissa Gonzalez fired one apiece.

In the boys game, Beier accounted for three of the Indians’ nine first-quarter goals. Ripon did all of its scoring in the first three quarters. Brody Biederman registered four goals, two assists and two steals. Donovan Armstrong, Teo West (three steals) and Owen Curtiss (two blocks) scored two goals apiece. Ryan Bell (goal, four assists, three steals), Ben Svoboda (goal, four assists) and Nathan Selna (goal) also factored into the attack.

Mitch Van Zwaluwenburg and Erfan Ballew both scored twice for Sierra. Moises Alvarado, Raymond Martinez and Gabe Monasterio each struck once.

Sierra’s boys hosts Central Catholic next Monday, while Ripon welcomes Oakdale on Tuesday for their VOL showdown.



East Union 269, Sierra 289

Co-medalists Brittany Barrington of East Union and Sierra’s Mikaella Manto finished 7-over 43 at Manteca Park Golf Course. Ashley Trinidad helped make the difference for the Lancers with her third-place score of 46.

Ava Gutierrez (57), Morgan Geske (59) and Dillon Blevins (64) made up the rest of EU’s score. Following Manto for the Timberwolves were Julia Erdman (52), Anna Dickinson (58), Marissa Alvarez (68) and Mackenzie Funk (68).