Central wins VFL golf crown

Central Catholic High's Jessica Ferlmann spent much of Monday scrambling around Dryden Park Golf Course, but the sophomore never lost her cool.

"When I asked how she was hitting it, she said she was having to scramble," Central coach Jim Pecchenino said. "She was consistent, and that was the key."

Ferlmann shot a 91 to win the medalist honor and lead the Raiders to the title at the Valley Foothill League South Division Tournament. She shot 45 on the front nine and 46 on the back, despite a finishing triple-bogey 8 on No. 18 on the par-74 course.

"It was her last hole. She just had trouble getting through it," said Pecchenino, who had four players finish among the top five individuals. "We don't have a senior, so I was very impressed with our tournament."

Central shot a 403 total and beat Hughson by 92 strokes. Central, Hughson and Patterson, and the top six golfers not on those teams, advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament on Monday at the Diablo Grande Ranch Course.

Ferlmann, who was at 83 and looking at a potential round under 90 while walking toward the 18th tee, had four pars.

"She averaged about 46 in nine-hole matches, so it was nice to see her put two scores together like that," Pecchenino said. "Her length off the tee has increased significantly over last year."

Hughson's Erica Ballard was second at 96, followed by Central Catholic's Holly Wilcox (98), Brittany Storer (103) and Giovanna Pecchenino (111).

CCC CHAMPIONSHIP, at Chowchilla -- Turlock's Emily Szabo shot a 78 to take medalist honor and lead the Bulldogs to the team title at Feasant Hill Golf Course.


DOWNEY 3, ENOCHS 0, at Downey -- Hollie Clark had 15 assists and six digs to help the Knights (9-2 MMC) sweep the Eagles (3-8) 25-10, 25-13, 25-17. Sarah Mucha had six digs and six aces for Downey.

DAVIS 3, JOHANSEN 2, at Davis -- Sophomore Elysea Roberts gave the Spartans (5-12, 1-10 MMC) a taller front row and had five blocks in her varsity debut to help Davis beat the Vikings (7-19-1, 4-7) 25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 25-13, 15-13 for their first conference victory. Alex Cariker had 11 kills and 11 blocks for Johansen.

MODESTO 3, BEYER 0, at Beyer -- Ashley Nickel had 11 kills, seven digs, five blocks and three aces to lead the Panthers (11-0 MMC) to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 sweep of the Patriots (5-6).

SONORA 3, SIERRA 0, at Sonora -- Allison Holt had 14 kills and Hanah Blume 13 to lift the Wildcats (14-1, 9-1 VOL) to a 25-13, 25-17, 29-27 win over the Timberwolves (11-3, 7-3).

RIPON 3, RIVERBANK 0, at Riverbank -- The Indians (19-7, 9-1 TVL) escaped with a win in the second game, which featured eight game points, and went on to defeat the Bruins 25-20, 32-30, 25-10. Meredith Perkins had 31 digs and six aces for Ripon. Irene Castillo led Ripon (4-10, 3-7) with 14 assists and three aces.

GOLDEN VALLEY 3, PITMAN 0, at Pitman -- Courtney Vyfhuizen had 18 assists and four aces as the Cougars (9-4, 7-1 CCC) blanked the Pride (6-8, 2-6) 25-12, 25-18, 25-22.

ORESTIMBA 3, PATTERSON 1, at Patterson -- The Warriors (19-8, 7-4 WAC) overcame a rally by the Tigers (8-17, 2-9) in the third game to win 25-10, 25-21, 21-25, 25-13. Carlee Felber had 17 assists, 11 digs and five aces for Orestimba.