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Timberwolves trounce EU in VOL victories
East Union-Sierra water polo
Erfan Ballew of Sierra reaches up in an attempt to deflect the pass from East Union’s Benjamin Potter. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Sierra spread the wealth Thursday in its dual blowout wins at East Union.

Mitchell Van Zwaluwenburg fired four goals and was one of 11 Timberwolves to score as they rolled in the boys game, 17-4. The girls team tallied the first 12 goals of its game, winning 18-1 with Mel Sanchez accounting for three.

Sierra’s boys led 15-1 at one point in the third quarter. Other goal scorers were Tommy Carillo (one), Erfan Ballew (two), Sammy Perez (two), Zach Walmer (two), Troy Morrow (one), Ian Tronic (one), Carson Murray (one), Gabriel Monasterio (one), Zane Walmer (one) and Bayan Ballew (one).

Alexander Freeman, Isaac Algaier, Matthew Miske and Benjamin Potter scored one apiece for East Union.

Scoring for Sierra’s girls were Taylor Miske (one), Lauren Ellis (two), Zoe Sandoval (one), Gianna Ramos (one), Amy Fadeff (two), Kiera Brink (one), Madison Madrid (one), Stefany Perez (one), Stephanie Thomason (two), Molly Allen (one), Bianca Fraser (one) and Caly Culbertson (one).

Madelynn Miske helped East Union avoid the shutout with her



Ripon 15, Oakdale 6

Ben Svoboda registered five goals and two assists, while Brody Biedermann added four goals, three steals and two blocks for Valley Oak League-leading Ripon.

McKeane Beier added three goals and three steals, Teo West (two assist, four steals) scored twice and Chetan Harvey pitched in one. Owen Curtis and Ryan Bell contributed five and four steals, respectively. Goalie Benny Rogers finished with three blocks and one assist.

The Indians compete in the Roddy Svendsen Shootout Tournament in Merced on Saturday.


Pacheco 16, Lathrop 7

Christian Buerster led Lathrop with six goals, and Connor Giovannoni netted the other. Goalie Gustavo Landa Betancourt came up with nine saves.



Ripon 13, Oakdale 5

Goalie Tiffany Hunter amassed 16 saves, and Hailey Knief tallied 10 goals to help the Indians remain undefeated in league.

Mia Sickler added three goals, three assists and three steals.

Madeline Staley, Hailey Schmidke, Sami Scheid and Crystallyn Tran each contributed an assist.


Lathrop 11, Pacheco 6

The Spartans secured their first Western Athletic Conference victory of the season behind Hannah Stewart’s six goals.

Kalani Soriano added three goals, while Elizabeth Rodriguez and Camila De La Garza added one apiece.