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Shorthanded Sierra tennis fall in Oakdale
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Bulletin staff reports


OAKDALE — Sierra’s girls tennis team was victimized by the week off from school Thursday, as the Timberwolves fell out of a second-place tie with host Oakdale in a 5-4 loss.

Oakdale remains two matches behind idle Manteca, which can clinch the Valley Oak League title by winning two of its final three next week.

Sierra (8-3) was missing four starters for various reasons, among them No. 2 player and 2015 league runner-up Claire Banks. The Timberwolves still had some good performances from players competing out of position.

Freshman Nadia Petrovic, elevated to the No. 2 spot, came back to beat Carley Newbill, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Sydney Huynh, playing at No. 4 from her usual 6 spot, took down Haley Takaki, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. Doubles player Krista Harris won at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2. 

Diana Duenas and Natlie Rootaert came out on top in the competitive No. 1 doubles match 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 against Taryn Lane and Shannen Yang. 


Central Catholic 8, Weston Ranch 1

MODESTO — The Cougars’ No. 2 doubles team of Rachel Mayo and Carly Burks prevented a shutout by holding off Maya Armendarig and Emily Julie, 6-4, 6-7, 10-8.



Ripon 143,

Escalon 161

ESCALON — The Indians put the finishing touches on a perfect 12-0 run through the Valley Foothill League North Division season Thursday at Escalon Golf Course.

Laura Williams was low medalist with a 2-over-par 34, while Alex Gonzales (35), Brianna Huckell (37) and Bianca Toledo (37) all finished better than Escalon’s top placer.

“The girls played a solid round at a tough Escalon Golf Course,” Ripon coach Eric Dambrosio said. “I was concerned about this match because Escalon is our rival and they always play us tough. My team was not used to the greens, but they adapted to the conditions well.”