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Timberwolves shoot best score of season in win over Manteca
Drew Allen drives off the fourth tee box during Sierra High’s Valley Oak League dual match with Manteca Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course. Allen was the medalist with a 39. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra High’s rebuilding boys golf team appears to be on the right track.

Despite the damp turf and sometimes rainy weather conditions, the Timberwolves posted their best score of the season in a 227-246 victory against Manteca High Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

It was just two years ago that Sierra captured its first-ever boys golf championship in the Valley Oak League, but graduation losses have since whittled their once-impressive depth.

“We’ve been rotating people in and out of the lineups, just trying to get guys some experience because we are so young,” Sierra coach Jeff Williams said. “We’re just trying to improve. Our goal for the season is to finish strong.”

Not all of Sierra’s standouts have graduated.

Drew Allen carded the lowest score Wednesday — a rock-solid 39 on the course’s par-37 front nine. Teammate Ryan Leasure was the runner-up, trailing by just a stroke.

“Drew and Ryan are shooting right around where they normally shoot, but they’re going to get better,” Williams said.

There was a three-way tie for third; Sierra’s Chris Schmitz finished with a 47 along with Manteca’s Nick Gonzales and Kody Morris. It was a rough outing for Gonzales, one of four Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament qualifiers form the area last year.

Chris Orr (49) and Kasey Milam (52) rounded out Sierra’s score. Contributing for Manteca were Derek Benson (48), Tim Baker (48) and Chris Pinpin (55)

Weather permitting, Sierra heads up to Sonora today, while Manteca faces Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton.