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Sierra girls swimmers inch closer to VOL title
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Sierra High’s girls swimming team is on track to earn its fourth Valley Oak League title and first since 2009.

The Timberwolves took another step toward the crown with Tuesday’s 99-70 victory over visiting Kimball. This comes a week after they edged reigning champion Oakdale by a point. Sierra’s boys also won, 94-76, to improve to 4-2 in league and 5-2 overall.

Sierra’s still-undefeated girls contingent swept the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke to distance itself from the Jaguars. The Timberwolves once again did it with depth and balanced production.

Vanessa Flores spearheaded the 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 fly. Rachel Holmstrom was in on the sweep while taking first in the 200 freestyle. Natalie Randolph won the 500 free, and Ashley McKinney paced Sierra’s sweep of the 100 backstroke. Flores, Randolph, Holmstrom joined Amy Windschitl to win the 400 free relay.

Kimball standout Michaela Loomis won all four of the events (200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 breast stroke) she was in.

Freshman Scott Tolman continued his impressive freshman campaign for Sierra, leading the boys with wins in the 100 breast, 200 IM and 200 medley relay. Brandon Castro was also a double winner (200 free, 500 free), and Nic Perez contributed first-place points in the 100 back.


Manteca 7, Sonora 2

The Buffaloes (7-4) nearly shut out visiting Sonora Tuesday but lost three-set matches at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Winners were Michael Lopez (6-2, 6-1), Yok-Jing Ma (6-0, 6-0), Puneet Sandhu (6-0, 6-0), Thomas Reza (6-1, 6-3), Spencer Jackson (6-3, 6-4), Angel Tejada/Andre Wiggins (6-3, 6-0) and Daniel Rodriguez/Gino Mercado (6-4, 6-2).

Weston Ranch 7, Lathrop 2

Lathrop was able to win two out of the three doubles matches for its points. Michael Li and Albert Hoang pulled out a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 sweep. Anthony Robles and Sahih Singh also grinded out their win by the same scores.

Weston Ranch dominated at singles, with Kevin Yamayoshi (6-1, 6-3), Suhkman Singh (6-1, 6-3), Carl Legaspi (6-2, 6-0), Raymond Lagoc (6-1, 6-1), Chai Saepharn (6-0, 6-0) and Josh Gonzales (6-1, 6-3) prevailing.

Kimball 9, Sierra 0

Sierra was competitive in three matches against the VOL’s top team and nearly scored in the No. 5 singles match, where Anthony Alcantar dropped a 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 14-12 heartbreaker to Troy Matthew.


East Union 11, Weston Ranch 0 (5)

Jordan Vinson (double, 3 RBIs) and Alejandra Rascon (2 RBIs) were both 3 for 3 in East Union’s mercy-shortened rout. Laura Gann finished 2 for 3.

Michelle Castro pitched four innings with Savina Brandi throwing one in relief, and they combined for a one-hitter. East Union (5-0, 14-2-1) remains in sole possession for first place in the VOL.


East Union 202, Sierra 247

Will Brink carded a 2-under 35, and Zach Couch finished 1-over for East Union (8-1). Kyle Davis (41), Jordan Lund (42) and Eric Lewis (46) were also part of the scoring.

Matt Rose’s 43 paced Sierra.