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Thiara leads Sierra track to 2nd place
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SHINGLE SPRINGS – Bikram Thiara led the Sierra boys to a second-place finish in the Ron Ruptier Invitational on Saturday, placing first in three events at Ponderosa High School.

Thiara won the 100-meter hurdles (15.26 seconds), 300 hurdles (39.81) and long jump (20 feet, 11 ¾ inches). Teammate Jesse Hurtado brought home the gold medal in the 800 (2:00.39).

Finishing second for the Timberwolves were Kyle Wesley (200, 23:04) and Arish Balasubramaniam (3200, 10:05.49). Victor Elijah was fourth in the shot put (43-7 ½), Lionel Orhiere finished fifth in the 800 (2:05.53) and Arshnik Cheema was fifth in the discus (122-10 ½). 

McKenna Albrecht won the shot put (34-5 ¼) and was second in the discus (102-2) to pace the Sierra girls to finish fourth.

Megan Oblin (3200, 11:26.97) and Katarina Malabanan (triple jump, 31-11 ¾) finished second for Sierra. Alexus Surnip was third in the long jump (16-9 ¼) and Jasmin Correa finished was third in the 200 (26.71) fourth in the 400 (1:00.89). 


Sophomore baseball

Manteca 7, Oakdale 2

Buffaloes pitcher Rafael Diaz gave up two first-inning runs Saturday and then blanked the Mustangs the rest of the way, giving Manteca (2-0 Valley Oak League, 9-1 overall) an opening-week VOL sweep over Oakdale. 

Diaz went the distance, striking out three with four hits and just one earned run. Dylan Guice was 2 for 4 with two runs for the Buffaloes.


Manteca 1,

Oakdale 0 (10)

OAKDALE – Christian Cruz (3 for 5) hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 10th inning for the visiting Buffaloes on Thursday.

Manteca’s Dylan Gross and Austin Kovacs combined for the shutout with Gross going 5.1 innings, striking out four and allowing five hits while Kovacs went 4.2 innings, struck out five and allowed three hits.

Dylan Gross 5.1 IP 5H 4K and Austin Kovacs 4.2 IP 3H 5K combined for the shutout. 


Sophomore softball

Central Catholic-Modesto 21,

Manteca 2 (5)

MODESTO – The Raiders put up 15 runs in two innings Thursday in the VOL win at Rainbow Fields.

Kaila Nolasco was 2 for 3 with two RBI for while Makenna Condit (walk, run) and Bianca Anaya each had a hit.


Freshman baseball

Manteca 4,

Central Catholic 3

The Buffaloes scored all their runs in the first inning Saturday and then held on for the win to open VOL play. 

Isaiah Perez started on the mound for Manteca and went five innings, striking out six with two runs on two hits and three walks.  Garren Genilla threw an inning of relief and gave up one run. River Weahunt came in with the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on first in the top of the seventh and got three quick outs, including a game-ending double play.

Genilla was 2 for 3 and teammate Nate Gutierrez 2 for 4.