Sierra began the second half of its Valley Oak League water polo schedule on Wednesday and showed improvement in its losses to visiting Central Catholic.
The Timberwolves boys dropped a 13-10 decision behind eight goals from Zach Van Zwaluwenburg, a big difference from Central’s 15-5 win in their first meeting. In the rematch, Sierra led 3-2 at one point in the first half before the Raiders scored three unanswered goals to take the lead for good.
Kenny Kuwada and Ben Supinger each added a goal for Sierra (0-5 VOL, 1-7 overall), and Fabian Barba racked up eight blocks.
“It was a really good matchup for both teams,” Sierra coach Dave Breitenbucher said. The difference was experience, especially at the coaching level. Their coach has a lot of experience and they made some halftime adjustments, but our defense was a lot better for both teams and we were much more competitive.”
In the girls match, Central Catholic broke away from a 3-3 tie and won, 15-5. Molly Fadeff led Sierra with three goals, Genavieve Gaines had two and Michelle Ayala came up with six blocks. The Sierra girls are also winless in league and 1-7 overall.
Sierra hosts Kimball next Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Brittney Barrington of East Union highlighted local competitors in the 14th annual tournament held at Manteca Park Golf Course, finishing as co-runner-up at 7-over 79.
Mikaella Manto from host Sierra was part of a fifth-place tie with an 85. Medalist Celine Sane turned in a 77 with Oak Ridge teammate Haley Wong adding a 79, but it was Oakdale that won the team title.
The Mustangs, who had four in the top 10, outscored Oak Ridge 431-435. East Union took third out of eight teams with a 447. East Union’s Michelle Euan just missed out on a top-10 medal with her 88, losing a tiebreaker to Oakdale’s Andrea York.
Melinda Amick (90), Ashley Trinidad (94) and Jill Morton (96) were East Union’s other scoring contributors. Manteca, which took seventh in the team standings with a 597 score, was led by Bella Gonzales' 99.
Ripon 3, Livingston 0
LIVINGSTON — The Indians (6-3, 10-5 overall) took care of Livingston 25-19, 25-17, 25-11 in the Trans Valley League match.
Shannon Johnson led the charge with 25 assists and five aces. Jordynn Russell also served five aces, while Sydney Thomason hammered nine kills and Alyssa Barrios collected 19 digs.
Ripon swept the junior varsity match 25-13, 25-16 while led by Faith Mullings (six aces), Ronni McIntosh (14 digs), Brooke Brogan (four kills) and Danika Matuska (four kills).
The freshman contest also went the way of Ripon, 25-19, 25-14. Drew Peterson (four kills), Gianna Robustelli (five digs) and Erin Jackson (four assists) were the standouts.