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ROUNDUP: Sierra’s Manto advances to SJS Masters golf tourney
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Mikaella Manto drills the putt at Manteca Park Golf Course during a Valley Oak League Tournament on Oct. 13. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Sierra High girls golf standout Mikaella Manto has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships for the second time.

The senior shot a 2-over 74 Monday at Paradise Valley Golf Course in Fairfield, earning one of six individual berths out of the SJS Division III Tournament. Manto also qualified for Masters as a sophomore.

Sierra failed to qualify as a team, as only the top two in Division III advance. The Timberwolves placed 12th out of 13 with a 595 score. Also competing for Sierra were Anna Dickson (105), Julia Erdman (118), Marissa Alvarez (147), Kate Berdiago (151) and Sydney Ladrido (181).

East Union and Manteca had individuals participate at the divisional tournament, but full results were not available as of press time. Lathrop competed in the Division IV Tournament at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton, while the Division V Tournament — which includes Ripon and Ripon Christian — at Yolo Fliers Club has been postponed until Thursday.


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McKeane Beier explodes out of the water to launch a shot for Ripon during its first game of the Delong Tournament last Friday. - photo by Courtesy photo

Delong Tournament

Ripon placed fourth in the silver flight after wrapping up the two-day tournament with a 2-2 record Saturday.

The Indians opened with a 16-8 win over Kennedy of Washington state on Friday, getting four goals apiece from Donovan Armstrong, McKeane Beier, Ben Svoboda and Teo West. They went on to defeat Enochs 15-7 to secure a spot in the silver flight, the second most competitive of three.

Ripon was edged out by Atwater 11-10 in the sliver-flight semifinal and lost to Sonora 11-5 in the third-place match.

Svoboda finished as the Indians’ leading scorer with 16 total goals for the tournament. He also had six assists and 12 steals. Armstrong (three assists, six steals) and Beier (five assists, 15 steals) ended up with 10 goals each. West added seven goals, six assists and a team-high 17 steals.

Brody Biederman (three goals, seven assists, 11 steals), Nathan Selna (two steals), Owen Curtis (two assists and goalie Ben Rodgers (21 saves) were other contributors.



Sierra 7, Central Catholic 6

Mitch Van Zwaluwenburg scored what ended up as the deciding goal with 2:04 left in the Valley Oak League contest in Modesto. Central Catholic narrowed the gap with 15 seconds to go, but it was too little, too late.

Van Zwaluwenburg paced the Timberwolves with three goals. Erfan Ballew and Lauren Ellis had two apiece. Lucas Stackpole came through with several big stops in goal for Sierra.



Flat Sac Invitational

Ripon’s varsity girls had three runners finish in the top 12 of the 5,000-meter small-schools division Saturday at Gibson Ranch Regional Park in Elverta. The Indians placed fourth out of eight teams and were led by Annie Wild’s fifth-place individual finish in 19 minutes, 44.17 seconds. Malia Locarnini took 11th (20:35.86), and Jenna Skavdahl came in 12th (20:42.00).

Omar Alsaidi paced the varsity boys, taking fifth individually in 16:48.36. Ripon took seventh out of 13 teams. Ripon’s JV boys ended sixth out of 10 and were led by Judah Mast, who finished 24th.