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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: EU boys soccer, girls hoops teams claim tourney titles
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The East Union boys soccer team continued its hot start last Friday and Saturday, winning the Ervin Mendiola Classico.

Formerly the Lancer Pride Cup, the team changed the name to honor the memory of one of its players who passed away unexpectedly in the fall.

Giovanni Perez’s hat trick powered the Lancers to a 4-0 victory over Enochs in the final. He finished the tournament with six goals and three assists. The junior striker is the leading scorer in the Sac-Joaquin Section, according to MaxPreps.

Perez was also the difference in the semifinals, accounting for the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Los Banos. Angel Guzman provided the assist. East Union routed Chavez 5-0 and Summerville 5-1 in the group stage on Friday.

Goalkeeper Andres Garcia racked up 10 saves in the tournament. Guzman totaled two goals and three assists. Earardo Pelado added two goals and one assist. Anthony Sy chipped in two tallies, and Adal Guitron had one.

Now 9-1, the Lancers will host Turlock (5-0-2) in a big non-league test Wednesday starting at 6:45 p.m.



Golden Valley Tournament

East Union 60, Dublin 58

The tourney-champion Lancers (4-0) surged from an 11-point halftime deficit and held on in the end for the win. Dublin’s Kenya Craver, who finished with 17 points, missed a mid-range jumper at the buzzer.

Nylah Dyson paced East Union with 32 points, and tournament MVP Taylor Snear tallied 23. Ava Barrera contributed a 3-pointer that gave the Lancers their first lead late in the third quarter.


Ripon 63, Merced 42

Ripon (3-2) held a 30-point lead at one point in the seventh-place game.

Kailee Inderbitzin posted 12 points and six rebounds, and 11 different Indians contributed at least a point. Emily Sesser added nine points and six boards.

Delissa Powell netted all 13 of her points and knocked down three 3s in the second half for winless San Mateo (0-4).



Manteca Booster Tournament

Manteca 56, Central Catholic 51 (OT)

In the third-place game Saturday, the Buffaloes (3-1) overcame a 14-3 deficit in the first half and rallied past their Valley Oak League rival

All-tournament selection Noah Lyons led them with 21 points, Santiago Sanders had 12 and Ramesh Kabiri eight.

Atwater outlasted Turlock 57-52 in the championship. Mountain House edged out Bear Creek 55-54 in the consolation final. Liberty Ranch clobbered Golden Valley 63-39 for seventh place.

Colton Dukes of Atwater was named tourney MVP. Joining him and Lyons on the all-tournament team were Central Catholic’s Malakai Miller, Mountain House’s Isaiah Chenier, Turlock’s Gavin Cox and Atwater’s Tyler Parr.


Modesto City Classic

Enochs 60, East Union 51

Dylan Lee amassed 27 points to lead the Lancers (4-2) and reached a career milestone in the process. The four-year varsity starter eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark with his second bucket of the game Saturday, and he’s now at 1,024.

Alex Cervantes and Trevor Barnes chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

“He works incredibly hard every day, and it’s a testament to that work ethic,” East Union coach Dutch Ell said. “Special player and a great career with massive success ahead.”