Prep Roundup: West sweeps league track season opener
by Bob Brownne
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West High senior Daniel Baratta was unable to the bar at 13 feet, 3 inches, after setting a new school record of 13-0 on Thursday, March 28, in West’s home dual meet against McNair.  Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
West High senior Daniel Baratta was unable to the bar at 13 feet, 3 inches, after setting a new school record of 13-0 on Thursday, March 28, in West’s home dual meet against McNair. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
The West High track and field teams opened the Tri-City Athletic League season with wins at all four levels over McNair High on March 28 in West’s Steve Lopez Stadium.

West senior Daniel Baratta set a new school record of 13 feet in the pole vault.

“It was my goal this year to beat the school record, and I didn’t think I’d do it so fast,” Baratta said.

He topped the previous mark of 12-7 set by Nicholas Moyle in 2011 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I meet.

• Varsity boys: West 94, McNair 34

West won 11 of the 16 events, including all six of the field events.

Senior Ernest Turner won the 400-meter run (51.6), the 200 (23.1) and the long jump (19-9.5).

Other event winners included seniors Gorman Chen, 300m hurdles (43.2); DeAndre Thomas, triple jump (36-4); Travis Santarina, shot put (43-0); Obrien Nnagi, discus (113-3); junior Robert Ekwueme, high jump (5-9) and sophomore Elias Rodriguez, 110 hurdles (17.3). West also won the 4x400 team relay (3:50).

• Varsity girls: West 93, McNair 42

West’s girls won 12 of 16 events.

Junior Elise Green won the long jump (14-8.5), triple jump (33-9.5) and high jump (4-6).

Senior Margaret Southards won the 100 hurdles (16.98) and 300 hurdles (49.1) while senior Maliyah Shavers won the 400 (1:00.9) and 200 (26.9).

Also winning events were senior Ale’ja Tyson, 100 (12.84); junior Geraldine Vasquez, pole vault (7-6) and freshman Julia Flohr 800 (2:41.8). West also won the 4x100 relay (50.84) and 4x400m relay (4:51).


Kimball stalls after early lead, loses to Oakdale

The Kimball High softball team’s early lead wasn’t enough to keep the Oakdale Mustangs from taking an 11-6 win Wednesday, April 3, at Kimball High.

Kimball (7-3, 1-2 Valley Oak League) scored early, surging ahead 6-1 as sophomore Allison Corlis hit a three-run homer in the second inning and junior Danielle Lallos hit a two-run homer in the third.

Oakdale (6-6-1, 3-2) switched pitchers in the third and put the brakes on Kimball.

The Mustangs launched a six-hit, six-run rally in the fifth, taking the lead, and scored two more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh that sealed the win.

Kimball’s eight base hits included three by Lallos and two by junior Gabbi Cox.

Kimball starting pitcher Samantha Sarmiento, a freshman, took the loss, giving up seven hits and seven runs in five innings.

West 13, Heritage 2

West High’s softball team pounded the ball for 15 hits on the way to a win at home over Heritage High of Brentwood on Tuesday, April 2.

Senior Ashley Tornio contributed two doubles and a single for the Wolf Pack (9-3), and and senior Rikki Kirchefer singled twice, doubled and batted in three runs. Freshman Janae Sims singled, doubled and drove in three; senior Celena Carrisosa singled and doubled; and senior Jalissa Sims reached base four times and scored four times.

Heritage (5-2) committed four errors.

Janae Sims, the winning pitcher, pitched all six innings for the Wolf Pack and gave up five hits.

Tracy 9, Bear Creek 0

Tracy junior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt struck out 15 Bear Creek batters in seven innings to give the Bulldog softball team a win Tuesday, April 2, at the Tracy Sports Complex.

The win put Tracy (9-3, 5-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) in first place at the midway point of the league season.

It also represents the most strikeouts in a single game this year for Misfeldt, who allowed the Bruins (7-7, 2-3) three hits.

Helping out at the plate was junior Jazmin Clarke, who drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double, a highlight of Tracy’s four-run rally in the second inning.

Senior Brianna Warner had four hits, including a double, and batted in two runs, and senior Angela Mariani doubled, singled and drove in two.

West 6, Central 2

West got another solid preleague victory Saturday, March 30, when the Wolf Pack went to Fresno and beat the defending Central Section Division I champion, Central High.

West collected 10 base hits, including three by senior Ciara Ervin, who also batted in two runs. Janae Sims singled, doubled and batted in two runs. Kirchefer and Tornio had two hits each, and sophomore Samantha Asbra tripled.

Janae Sims pitched all seven innings, struck out seven batters and gave up five hits for the win.

Kimball 4, Manteca 3

The Jaguars claimed victory over a league opponent, the Manteca Buffaloes (9-5, 3-2 VOL), on March 28 at Manteca High.

Kimball worked the base paths in the fifth inning to come from behind and hang onto the win.

Manteca had a 3-2 lead going into the fifth when Corliss led off the inning with a double and came around to tie it up on sacrifice bunts from sophomore Alyssa Lewis and junior Angelique Vega. Vega reached second on an error, advanced on a groundout and scored on an illegal pitch.

Sarmiento pitched all seven innings for the win.

Tracy 13, Chavez 2

Tracy put its bats to work in the Bulldogs’ win over the Chavez Titans (5-8-1, 0-5 SJAA) on March 28 at Arnaiz Fields in Stockton.

The Bulldogs collected 17 hits as junior Kimberly Paschal doubled twice and singled and senior Brianna Warner had three hits and scored four times.


Local gymnasts finish one-two-three

Local gymnasts claimed the top three individual places in the second Santa Clara Valley Athletic League meet of the season at Classic Gymnastics in Tracy.

A team from Tracy High placed second (135.900) out of five teams, right behind defending league champion Lowell High (138.500) of San Francisco. In third place was Los Altos High (134.050). Mountain View and Kimball did not have enough gymnasts for a full team score.

The top individual was Kimball junior Lauren Giles. He first-place all around score (36.500) included a first-place mark on the uneven bars (8.900) and second-place scores on the vault (8.550), balance beam (9.450) and floor exercise (9.600).

Tracy High freshman Alicia Woo was second all-around (36.300), with first-place scores on the balance beam (9.500) and floor exercise (9.650).

In third place all-around was Tracy High junior Elizabeth Higa (36.000).

Swimming Tracy falls to Lodi

Tracy High’s varsity swim teams both took league losses against defending San Joaquin Athletic Association champion Lodi High on Friday, March 29, in Lodi.

The Bulldog boys and girls are both 1-1 in the SJAA.

• Varsity boys: Lodi 120, Tracy 64

Lodi won nine of the 12 events. Tracy senior James Thompson’s first-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:51.08) qualifies him to compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet May 9 to 11 at Tokay High in Lodi. Thompson also won the 500 freestyle (time not available). Senior Chris Sonderman won the diving competition (160.125).

• Varsity girls: Lodi 127, Tracy 43

Lodi won all of the individual events in the girls competition except diving, where Tracy High senior Cassidy Dolstra placed first (175). Tracy’s top swimmer was freshman Bridgette Houser, who placed second in the 500 freestyle (6:14.98) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:38.65).


Lodi 223, Tracy 230

The Tracy High boys golf team suffered a setback on March 28 with a loss to San Joaquin Athletic Association foe Lodi High at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club.

Senior Robert Erler led the way for Tracy (2-1 SJAA) with a score of 38 on the par-36 course. Sophomore Talon Simmons shot 45, sophomore Jared Finney and junior Shivam Swamy both scored 47 and freshman Gavin Bean shot 53.

Lodi is 2-0 for the SJAA season.

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