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Ho, golfers claim PVL titles

By: Staff report
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Eight Lincoln High School athletes combined to make the last few days of April and the second day of May quite memorable for the Zebras with their success on the tennis court and golf course. Lincoln’s boys golf team earned its first Pioneer Valley League championship Monday by defeating Placer 412-413 at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Roseville. The Zebras earned a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament. Speaking of section tournaments, senior Jessica Ho qualified for the Division III singles event for the first time by winning the PVL title. Ho defeated Placer’s Ilaria Pireda 6-4, 7-5 in the final Friday. Ho is the Zebras’ first girls singles champion in 15 years. After being seeded second to Pireda, an exchange student from Italy, Ho rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to claim the title. The crown also led Ho to being named the PVL Girls Player of the Year. Teammate David Fux, an exchange student from Switzerland, received the boys award despite losing in the semifinals. Placer’s Steve Fraguglia defeated the top-seeded Fux 6-2, 6-2 and then won the title with a three-set victory against teammate Phillip Schoenoff. Joining Ho at the section tournament will be the doubles team of senior Desi Kawas and junior Kaitlin Fischer, who lost 6-4, 6-0 to Placer’s Claire Schauble and Claire McInerney in the PVL finals. Kawas and Fischer were seeded third and reached finals by rallying for a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over No. 2 Kirsten Malo and Lindsey Harter of Bear River after trailing 5-2 in the second set. Fischer also defeated Harter in the singles quarterfinals, but she then ran into Pireda in the semifinals. Pireda prevailed 6-1, 6-1. Ho, Kawas and Fischer will play today at Oak Park in Stockton. The golfers, meanwhile, will travel to Olivehurst next Monday for the Division III tournament at Plumas Lake Golf & Country Club. Brett Lewis’ golfers settled a score by winning the PVL’s second 18-hole tournament of the season. The Zebras lost by three strokes to Placer at the first April 4 at River Oaks Golf Club in Nicolaus. The difference Monday was provided by Chris Ordonio. The sophomore finished at 21-over 93, but he sank a 40-foot putt on his final hole to lift the Zebras to the one-stroke victory. Junior Kenny Bills led the Zebras with a 75. He was followed by senior Hayden Emerson (78), junior Trever Wilson (80) and freshman Matt Shirley (86), who scored an eagle on the 16th hole.