TRACY — The first day of official spring contests in the Sac-Joaquin Section also marked the first day of Valley Oak League swim meets on Friday.
Sierra split its season opener, as the boys team edged host Kimball 85-77 while the girls lost, 124-50.
Timberwolves coach David Breitenbucher was encouraged by what he saw from his team, which has had limited practices leading up to Friday’s meet. He also awaits reinforcements from the school’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer championship team, which competes in the CIF Northern California Regionals next week.
The well-contested boys competition was highlighted by Sierra’s top-three sweep in the 50-yard freestyle won by Jordan Shinn in 25.07 seconds. That gave the Timberwolves a 32-27 lead. They took the lead for good at 55-48 after Nik Brink won the 500 free.
Brink also took first in the 200 individual medley. Charles Randolph contributed key first-place points in the 100 backstroke as Sierra widened its late lead before Kimball mounted a comeback. The T’wolves also won the 200 free relay.
Meghan Tolman paced Sierra’s girls with wins in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Ezra Moral notched runner-up finishes in the 50 free and 100 backstroke.
Weston Ranch 21,
Modesto Christian 0
STOCKTON — Sheree White struck out three in a four-inning one-hitter but was more impressive at the plate, where she finished 4 for 4 with three doubles and six RBIs.
The Cougars crushed 21 hits in all.
Kiara Simpson blasted a pair of doubles and drove in four in her 3-for-3 outing. Evelyn Vance went 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs. Juliana Lassiter racked up five RBIs while going 4 for 4. Aliyah Guerrero stroked a solo homer in the bottom of the third and finished with two RBIs.
Manteca 14, Pacheco 1
It was all Buffaloes in the six-inning affair.
Kaylee MacDannald swatted two homers, drove in six and batted 4 for 5 for the home club. Isabella Gonzalez, Mohgren Kissee and Karlie Spohn roped two hits apiece. Alyssa Harnden pitched the complete game, scattering eight hits.
Manteca put the mercy rule in play with a seven-run sixth inning.
Sierra 12, Livingston 0
Jacob Lopez pitched three shutout innings for the host Timberwolves and was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
David Cumberworth added a two-RBI double for Sierra.
East Union 14, Modesto 1
Marisa Carranza connected for home runs in back-to-back innings and pitched three innings.
Kaitlyn Reyes finished 3 for 3 and was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Andrea Smith (4 for 4), Emma Smith (3 for 4) and Heighlee Mosher each roped two doubles.