RIPON – The Bret Harte High girls golf team moved one step closer to a fourth straight Valley Foothill League championship with another record-setting performance.
On Tuesday, senior Caitlin Locke shot a two-over par 33 to lead Bret Harte to a 145-164 victory over Ripon at Jack Tone Golf Course. It was the Bullfrogs’ lowest score in school history at the par-31 course, breaking by four strokes the mark they set just weeks earlier in a match with Ripon Christian.
The Bullfrogs (15-0, 13-0 VFL) have set, and sometimes re-set, school records on seven different courses this season, including La Contenta Golf Course in Valley Springs, where the VFL Tournament will be contested at noon Monday.
Bret Harte and Central Catholic were tied with 26 points each – teams earn two points for each regular-season victory – heading into a head-to-head showdown Thursday afternoon at Greenhorn Creek. The winner of that match will take a two-point edge into Monday’s 18-hole league tournament, in which teams receive an additional two points for each team they finish better then.
The VFL Most Valuable Player race will also be decided on Monday. Locke, runner-up to two-time winner Allison Suarez of Calaveras in last year’s MVP race, bolstered her standing as a front-runner by earning medalist honors on Tuesday against Ripon (12-2 VFL).
Colleen Smith and Kirsten Locke added 37s for Bret Harte and Shannon Woodward shot a 38.
Calaveras 249, Livingston 267
ATWATER – Shalane Langstaff shot a 49 to earn medalist honors and the Redskins won their second straight match on Tuesday at par-36 Rancho Del Rey Golf Course.
Melanie DeMarco added a 62 for Calaveras (6-6 VFL).
Girls cross country
Bret Harte dominates
TUOLUMNE – The Bullfrogs put the first 13 runners across the finish line at Wednesday’s Mother Lode League meet at Summerville High, led by Brooke Lawrence in a time of 21 minutes, 20 seconds.
Bret Harte scored the lowest possible 15 points to breeze to the team victory. Rounding out the top five for the Bullfrogs were Sara Mikesell (21:48) in second, Chelsea Flores (22:37) in third, Krista Becker (22:38) in fourth, and Shayni Emerson (23:01) in fifth.
Cierra Gagetta ran a 30:27 for Calaveras.
Boys cross country
Cousins help Bret Harte outpace Amador
TUOLUMNE – Cousins Travis and Matt Airola finished one, two, respectively, to lead Bret Harte to a first-place finish in Wednesday’s MLL meet. Travis Airola completed the 3-mile course in 17:37, while Matt Airola was second in 18:16. Derek Avrit finished fifth in 18:38 for Bret Harte, which outscored Amador 25-37.
Travis Coggin led a shorthanded CHS team with a time of 20:05.
JV boys soccer
Bret Harte 4, Calaveras 0
Scott Frohreich and Ivan Lopez scored two goals each to lead the Bullfrogs (6-2-1 MLL) on Tuesday in Angels Camp. It was another strong showing for the Bret Harte defense, which has held MLL opponents to only eight goals this season.
Frosh-soph boys cross country
Airola finishes first for Bret Harte
TUOLUMNE – Bret Harte’s Trevor Airola finished first in Wednesday’s MLL race with a time of 14:08 on the 2-mile course, but the Bullfrogs came up five points shy of first-place Summerville, which scored 25 points to win the team competition.
Josh Hecocks finished fifth for Bret Harte in 15:28, and Ethan Masters was sixth in 15:29.
Kris Gerlinger led Calaveras with a time of 15:43, placing eighth for his first top-10 finish this season.
Frosh-soph girls cross country
O’Conner sets pace for Bullfrogs
TUOLUMNE – Katie O’Conner completed the 2-mile course at Summerville in 14:49 to lead Bret Harte to a first-place team finish. The Bullfrogs scored 29 points to beat the host Bears by 20 points. Calaveras was third with 55 points.
Also in the top 10 for Bret Harte, Sydney Aardal (16:57) was fifth, Jolynn Ferreira (17:12) was sixth, and Brooke Holmquist (17:51) was eighth.
Emily Cook led the Redskins, finishing third with a time of 16:37. Stephanie Kulp (18:10) was ninth.
JV girls volleyball
Calaveras 2, Bret Harte 1
The Redskins held off the Bullfrogs in the deciding third game to win 18-25, 25-13, 15-12, on Tuesday in Angels Camp.
Nicole Catto had three kills, two blocks and an ace for Calaveras, Ashlyn Lazarom had five kills and five blocks, Jaylynn Tucker had four aces and a kill, Katy Urquhart had three kills and two blocks, Kelsy Hull had two kills and two blocks, Cecily Basques had two aces and a kill, Kelsey Leetham had seven digs, Teresa Vargas had an ace, and Jessika Stuart had a kill.
“The girls played an incredible game,” Calaveras coach Nicole Schupp said.
For Bret Harte, Tatiana Aquiline had 21 digs and Kristen Mergal had 18 digs, Sarah Spellenberg had five kills, Sarah Borean had five assists, Aquiline had two aces, and Cayla Soros added a block.
Frosh girls volleyball
Calaveras 2, Bret Harte 1
The Redskins rebounded from a slow start to beat the Bullfrogs for the second time this season,
24-26, 25-17, 15-10.
Tanna Bindi had a team-high eight kills for Calaveras (13-2,
7-2), Kelsey Hull served 13 for 13 with nine points and four aces, Lyndsi Johnston had five aces, and Cecily Basques had six assists.
“Bret Harte played very well and kept the ball in play and we just kept making mistakes,” CHS coach Mike Koepp said. “Finally in the second game, the mistakes were fewer and farther between.”
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