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ROUNDUP: Sierra XC takes second in Frogtown Invitational
Pacheco-Lathrop girls tennis
Lathrop No. 3 singles player Riana Dela Cruz reaches for the forehand return in a Western Athletic Conference match on Monday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Sierra’s varsity boys and girls cross country teams each placed second in the small-school division of the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational held Saturday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

The boys were paced by individual runner-up Christian Gonzalez, who clocked a time of 16 minutes, 45.19 seconds. Valley Oak League rival Kimball won it with 34 points against the Timberwolves’ 162.

Ripon (fifth, 190 points), Manteca (sixth, 191), Lathrop (16th, 371) and Ripon Christian (20th, 554) were other local schools competing in the 28-team field.

Manteca’s Oscar Angel finished third in 17:04.60. Also finishing in the top 50: Sierra’s Ernesto Pacheco (16th, 17:56.37), Manteca’s Dario Rodriguez (19th, 18:08.54), Sierra’s Tristan Crowe (22nd, 18:27.38), Ripon’s Luke Bair (25th, 18:34.91), Ripon’s Devin Fitzpatrick (29th, 18:38.66), Lathrop’s Adrian Vaye (35th, 18:54.52), Manteca’s Isaiah Arechiga (39th, 19:02.08) and Ripon’s Valente Hernandez (41st, 19:02.44).

Sierra’s Mikayla Bueno was the top female runner from the area, coming in 12th place in 21:49.58. The Timberwolves scored 134 points, while Oakdale won with 82. Ripon (13th, 293), Ripon Christian (16th, 350) and Lathrop (19th, 485) followed.

Top-50 finishers include Sierra’s Monse Saavedra (18th, 22:12.17), Ripon’s Mallory Govia (30th, 22:55.34), Sierra’s Haley Hill (38th, 23:16.12) and Sierra’s Kiana Kutch (49th, 23:45.53).

In the lower levels, Sierra’s sophomore boys edged out Hughson 44-48 for the small-school title. Anthony Bueno paced the Timberwolves with a first-place time of 12:34.64, and teammate Xavier Hardiman took fourth in 12:52.54.

Ripon took second in JV boys with Emilio Machado Perez placing fourth in 12:59.24. Ripon’s JV girls finished third behind Leila Sanchez’s seventh-place effort in 16:54.96.


Ripon girls water polo
Ripon’s Faith Fasani defends Cara Combrink (6) of McClatchy during the Sierra Shootout Tournament last Friday. Photo by ALICIA BIEDERMANN


Sierra Shootout Tournament

Ripon showed well in the platinum division, dropping three competitive losses in four games this past weekend in Rocklin.

The lone win was a blowout of McClatchy on Friday, 14-3. The Indians also faced other large-school opponents in Del Oro (12-8 loss), Alameda (16-12 loss) and Buhach Colony (8-6).

Freshman Reyna Biedermann led them with 16 goals overall. She also netted six assists and five steals. Sophomore Faith Fasani tallied 11 goals, nine assists, two blocks and four steals. Goalie Tiffani Hunter amassed 14 saves in the opener against Del Oro, finishing with 28 for the tournament. Hunter added three assists and eight steals.

Other contributors for Ripon: Maddie Curtiss (one goal, one assist, two blocks, six steals), Hailey Schmidke (four goals), Sami Scheid (four goals, two blocks, six steals) and Crystallyn Tran (four goals, seven assists, four blocks, two steals).



Mountain House 255, Lathrop 341

Mya Grisham led Lathrop with a 59 in the Western Athletic Conference match held Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Also scoring for the Spartans: Manjot Kaur (65), Yadira Hernandez (78), Kate Albisu (74) and Ashley Yuuki Abon Garcia (65).


East Union 253, Kimball NS

Jessica Ingalls scored a 9-over 45 at Tracy Country Club on Monday, and Alizae Farias contributed a 49 as the Lancers improved to 3-0 in the Valley Oak League (4-0 overall).

Ariana Pale finished tied for third with a 51, Kendall Perry added a 52 and Ava Gutierrez finished with a 56. Beatrice Wood recorded a 51 for host Kimball, which did not field enough players for a legal team score.  



Pacheco 8, Lathrop 1

The Spartans’ lone win came from No. 1 singles player Eliza Alday, who fended off Elizabeth Gonzales 7-5, 7-5 in the WAC dual match on Monday. H

Riana Dela Cruz was competitive at No. 3 singles but fell short against Pricilla Ceballas, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 2-6.