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WEEKEND RECAP: Manteca, East Union, Sierra claim tournament titles
East Union girls basketball
East Union's girls basketball team conquered the Golden Valley Tournament this past Saturday in Merced.

The Manteca boys basketball team captured its own tournament championship on Saturday, clamping down defensively to knock off defending champion Atwater, 47-33.

The unbeaten Buffaloes (5-0) got all the separation they needed in first quarter of the Manteca Booster Tournament final, outscoring the Falcons (3-2), 16-0.

MVP Evani Gaeta scored eight points, and all-tourney selection Peyton Nieman led the Buffs with nine. Santiago Sanders also scored eight, and L.J. Legan had six.


Ripon 61, Bear Creek 50

The third-round game in the Manteca Booster Tournament was competitive until the Indians (6-1) pulled away with a 17-10 fourth quarter.

Dawson Downs was key to creating the separation with two 3s and eight points in the final period. He finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Madoski compiled 19 points and seven boards.

Landon Gillespie netted eight points, six assists and three steals. Ty Herrin chimed in with seven points and nine rebounds.


Patterson 67, Ripon Christian 63 (OT)

Ripon Christian (1-2) came up short in the exciting Ron Peterson Tipoff consolation final Saturday at Riverbank.

The Knights got down by as much as 14 early in the fourth quarter but scored 15 unanswered points for a 54-53 lead with 3:02 left. They made a basket in the final minute to send the game into overtime with the score tied at 58-58.

David Nnaji accounted for six of the nine points for Patterson (4-0) in the extra period, and he finished with a game-high 22 points.

Long-range shooting helped Ripon Christian stay in the game. Amos Cady made four of the team’s nine 3-pointers and endd with 16 points. Jake Vander Veen added two 3s and paced the Knights with 18 points. Luke Crivello and Jace Beidleman contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.  



East Union 63, Roosevelt 43

The Lancers (4-1) put together what coach Jim Agostini described their best game in the Golden Valley Tournament title round.

They jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and repelled a comeback charge from the Rough Riders (4-5) of Fresno to repeat as the tourney’s champ. East Union put it away with a 22-point outburst in the third.

Nylah Dyson fired 16 points and was named MVP. Senior center Doneese Payne made all-tourney. Ava Barrera added 12 points, while Alexa Zuniga and Alessandra Montes chipped in nine and eight, respectively.


Ripon 48, Golden Valley 15

The Indians (3-2) were able to salvage a win in the Golden Valley Tournament, routing the host school.

They rolled to 24-10 halftime lead and continued to tighten up defensively, holding the Cougars (0-4) to three and two points in the final two periods, respectively.  

Eleven different players scored for Ripon led by Kaylee Lehmkuhl’s eight point and four rebounds. Cami Hutson collected seven points and five boards. Danika Escola and Chloe Lautenslager registered six points apiece.


Lathrop 28, Orestimba 20

After dropping its opening-round game in the Los Banos Tournament, the Spartans (2-1) bounced back with two defensive gems.

They came in third place with Saturday’s victory, holding Orestimba to seven or less points in every quarter while totaling 16 steals. Marianna Delgado led the attack with seven points. Shakara Porter, who averaged 16 rebounds in the three-day event, was named to the all-tournament team.

The Spartans had their way in the consolation semifinal on Friday, beating Chowchilla, 37-24 Tati Lowery amassed 18 points, Delgado added 14 and Porter produced 12 rebounds and eight steals to go with three points.



Sierra girls soccer
Sierra girls soccer team claimed the Cougar Cup championship Saturday at Weston Ranch.
Sierra 6, Central Catholic 0

The Timberwolves (5-1) capped off a busy two days at Weston Ranch this past Saturday, concluding the Cougar Cup with a shutout win over a Valley Oak League rival for the tournament crown.

Sierra won all five of its games comfortably, including its 8-0 throttling of McNair on Saturday morning, and Haley Cruz earned the Golden Boot award with 10 goals.

Cruz put away two of those goals in the final, and Rose had one goal and two assists. Maitland Kohoutek contributed two assists. Alani Mullenix, Zoe Sutton and Kaylee Rodriguez scored one goal apiece.

In the McNair game, Kohoutek had a hat trick to go with an assist. Payton Abrew scored a goal and an assist. Katie Machado, Rodriguez, Rose and Cruz added one goal each. Goalie Zoe Sandoval had one save in the two shutouts combined.


JV girls basketball

Lathrop 30, Ripon Christian 16

The host team placed third in Lathrop’s 8th annual Spartan Battle Tournament this past weekend.

Erin Chunn did the bulk of the scoring for Lathrop with 20 points, while point guard Tatianna Lopez helped quicken the pace after the Spartans scored just eight points in the first half.

The Spartans won their tourney opener on Thursday 62-17 against Chavez. Moira Ramones anchored them with her activity on both ends, firing 16 points while playing lockdown defense.

Enochs downed Lathrop 53-37 in the semifinals.


Ripon 29, Atwater 13

Scarlett Ponce poured in 16 points, while Anandjap Dhami pitched in sixth to help the Indians win the Lathrop Tournament consolation final.


Frosh girls basketball

Lathrop 43, Chavez 9

Lathrop won two of its three games in its Spartan Battle Tournament, closing with a lopsided 43-9 thumping of Chavez on Saturday.

Aniya McGriff spearheaded a balanced scoring effort with 10 points. Brianna Valencia and Hazel Beltran added eight and seven respectively.

The Spartans dropped their semifinal against Atwater on Friday, 47-29. Zoha Ali had a team-high seven points. They rolled to a 43-20 throttling of Ripon to start tourney action Thursday. Beltran led the scoring with 11 points, and Laniyah Stroud-Prince pitched in 10.


Frosh boys basketball

Manteca 51, Weston Ranch 44

Trailing by four at halftime, the Buffaloes applied more defensive pressure to outscore Weston Ranch 21-6 in the third quarter and race away victorious in their St. Mary’s Tournament finale on Saturday.

Misael Rodriguez tallied nine points for Manteca, while Mohammad Awan and Angelo Aguilar each had eight.