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ROUNDUP: Sierra sinks Sonora in VOL water polo opener
Sonora-Sierra water polo
Sierra’s Erfan Ballew targets the goal while defended by Erik Arnett of Sonora. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Sierra’s water polo program started strong in Valley Oak League on Thursday, earning wins against visiting Sonora at R. Stephen Winter Pool.

Both of Sonora’s teams captured Mother Lode League championships last year, and the boys are Sac-Joaquin Section Division III finalists. Sierra’s boys took care of the rebuilding Wildcats 13-7, while the girls held on for the 6-4 victory.

Gianna Ramos was clutch for the Sierra girls, scoring all four of her goals in the second-half. Sonora led 2-0 at the start, and the Timberwolves responded with a 5-1 run. Lauren Ellis got them going with their first goal with 5:29 left in the second quarter. Bianca Fraser tied it at 3-3 with 1:10 to go.

Goalie Keira Brink keyed the win with seven saves.

Maddyn Suess paced Sonora with three goals.

Erfan Ballew and Collins Schluer highlighted the boys game with four goals apiece. Bayan Ballew added three, and Carson Murray and Zach Walmer each had one. Goalie Troy Morrow racked up nine saves.

Brady Arnett, Erik Arnett and Justus Roberts netted two goals each for Sonora.

Sierra shot out to a 4-1 first-quarter lead and it held up from there. Erfan Ballew fired three unanswered goals at the end of the game to help the Timberwolves run away with it.



Ripon 163, Escalon 185

Katie Martin netted a 7-over 38 at Escalon Golf Course, as the Indians improved to 4-0 in the Trans-Valley League.

Anna Fisher tied Escalon’s Genevieve Casazza for second place with a 40. Aaliyah Martinez and Kennedy Winter contributed a 42 and 43, respectively, to Ripon’s score.



Lathrop 9, Ceres 0

The Spartans only lost a single set Wednsday in the Western Athletic Conference shutout.

Madylynn Romero (6-0, 6-3), Justice Pacheco-Seward (6-2, 6-4), Riana Dela Cruz (6-2, 6-3), Eliza Alday (6-0, 6-0), Marintia Mejia-Moreno (6-4, 6-4) and Rachel Boateng (6-1, 6-2) swept their singles matches.

Urvashi Gauba and Nyimah Nuno won the No. 1 doubles match, 6-3, 6-4. Janelle Lat and Brianna Felisco preserved the shutout at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 1-6, 7-4. The No. 3 tandem of Alyvia Galano and Valeria Villalpando held on for the 6-2, 6-4 win.