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ROUNDUP: Ripon’s Faith Fasani shatters VOL swim records
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 Ripon High sophomore Faith Fasani broke two meet records in individual events and was part of the record-breaking 200-yard medley relay Friday in the Valley Oak League Championship at Oakdale.

Ripon’s girls team edged Sierra 164-148 to win the meet. Oakdale (60), Kimball (52), East Union (39), Manteca (28), Central Catholic (10) and Ripon Christian (1) followed.

Oakdale won the boys competition with 156.50 points. Ripon was the runner-up with 99.50, with Kimball (69), Sierra (49), East Union (47) and Manteca (31) following suit.

Fasani won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 53.76 seconds, shattering the meet record previously held by former Ripon standout Erika Brown (1:55.26, 2013). Fasani’s other record-setting effort came in the 100 free (52.33), eclipsing the old mark (53.47) from Central Catholic alumna Malia Fernandez (2019) by more than a second.

Fasani also teamed with Valerie Chun, Madeline Staley and Crystallynn Tran for the 200 medley relay, which took first in 1:52.93, blowing past the old meet record set by Ripon’s 2013 team. The Indians also won the 200 free (1:44.40) and 400 free (3:59.65) relays.

Tran threatened one of the meet’s oldest records when she won the 100 butterfly in 59.16. Ja-Neil Bragg of Sierra established the record time of 58.84 in 2001. Tran also took first in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.48.

Chun contributed wins in the 200 individual medley (2:16.40) and 500 free (5:21.00), while Staley claimed the 50 free (24.82) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.88).

Ripon’s boys were paced by double winner Matthew Lee (200 free, 1:56.60; 100 free, 53.56).

Owen Curtiss split the 50 free title (23.60) with Oakdale’s Wiley Ballantyne. Curtiss was also the 100 free runner-up (51.60).

Nathan Selna took second in the 100 breast (1:09.74) and third in the 50 free (24.02), clocking qualifying times for the Sac-Joaquin Section Frosh-Soph Trials.

Ripon won the 200 free relay in 1:32.96, and the 400 free relay won in 3:33.67.

Sierra’s girls team was spearheaded by Jennifer Graves, who turned in second-place times in the 200 free (2:03.21) and 500 free (5:24.95). She also earned SJS Trials varsity qualifying times.

Bianca Fraser was the runner-up in the 200 IM (2:28.95) and 100 fly (1:04.12). Keira Brink took second in the 50 free (25.66).

Sierra’s girls had runner-up quartets and SJS varsity qualifying times in the 200 medley (2:03.14), 200 free (1:45.02) and 400 free relays (4:21.97).

William Story of East Union took fourth in the 50 free (24.23). The Lancers qualified for the SJS frosh-soph 200 free relay after placing third in 1:49.91.

Junior varsity standouts include Sierra’s Jewels Shinn (100 IM, 50 breast) and Abigail Garcia (100 free), Maya Murillo (50 back, 50 free). The Timberwolves won the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

East Union’s Rohan Aravind won the 100 free boys.


VOL Tournament No. 4

East Union edged Sierra on a tiebreaker for third place Thursday at Oakdale Golf & Country Club. Both teams nettted a 494, finishing behind runaway season leader Oakdale (387) and second-place Central Catholic (463). Manteca was fifth with a 515.

Manteca’s Ethan Freitas led local competitors with a 12-over 84. Michael Pires and Tiago Chadinha spearheaded East Union with a 90 and 96, respectively. Sierra’s Jordenn Llamas Majarro (92), Cody Camarena (95), Jace Neto (95) and Carson Murray (98) also posted sub-100 scores.

Low medalist Wyatt Hayes of Oakdale finished at even-par 72.


Lathrop 16, Johansen 7

In Modesto, the Spartans (4-6 Western Athletic Conference, 9-12 overall) overcame two early deficits and broke away with five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Mathew Rankin drove in four runs, finishing 2 for 5 with a double. He was also the winning pitcher, striking out six while giving up no hits in five relief innings.

Carson Scott went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Omare Cross also batted 2 for 4, scoring three times, driving in a run and stealing two bases.

Central Catholic 4, East Union 3

The Lancers (4-7 VOL, 12-10 overall) plated two runs in the top of the seventh, but their comeback was cut short in Modesto. They were ultimately swept in the pivotal three-game set.

Clemson-bound pitcher T.P. Wentworth went the distance for Central Catholic, firing 10 strikeouts while giving up seven hits and two walks. On Wednesday, he clubbed the go-ahead three-run bomb in the seventh inning of a 3-2 win for the Raiders (6-3, 12-6)

Jackson Fay knocked in two runs for East Union, and Carson Sanders drove in the other. Joe Alvarez pitched five innings, striking out six. Peyton Heath retired three of the four batters he faced in relief.

Gustine 3, Ripon Christian 2

The host Reds (8-2, 12-9 overall) plated the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, forcing a two-way share of the lead in the Southern Athletic League.

Dustin Hoekstra was the hard-luck loser for Ripon Christian (8-2, 14-8), as he gave up just one earned run on four hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. He also compiled six strikeouts.

Josh Buffalow had an RBI double and was driven in by Luke Crivello’s sacrifice fly. Both of the Knights’ runs were scored in the top of the first.

Grant Sonke went 2 for 3 and scored once.


Ripon 5, Riverbank 0

Kharime Caratachea amassed 13 strikeouts in a dominant one-hit shutout in Riverbank (2-3 Trans-Valley League, 12-6-1 overall).

She outdueled Bruins sophomore Maya Guzman, who had 11 strikeouts but gave up eight hits.

Ripon (5-0, 11-4) took the lead in the first inning and widened the gap with a four-run fourth.

Izabelle Spurzem blasted a home run, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Alana Hernandez contributed three hits.