High School Sports

El Capitan, Merced girls basketball both pick up wins to start second half of league.

The El Capitan High girls basketball team started the second round of Central California Conference play with a 64-25 win over Golden Valley at the Stable Center.

Amaya Ervin led the Gauchos (15-8 overall, 6-1 CCCC) with 18 points. Daniela Belmonte added 10 points.

Patterson 51, Buhach Colony 48 in Patterson – The Thunder dropped their second straight game to fall to 8-14 overall and 3-4 in the CCC.

Merced 69, Central Valley 24 in Merced – Khya Martin poured in 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Bears (10-7, 4-2 CCC) past the Hawks. Kaitlynn Perez added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Merced.

Ripon 57, Livingston 47 in Ripon – The Wolves (6-1 Trans-Valley League) dropped their first league game despite 29 points from Annie Winton.

Boys Soccer

Atwater 4, El Capitan 4 in Atwater –– The Gauchos and Falcons played to a draw. Aaron Perez, Carlos Bravo, Aziel Gutierrez and Alfono Torres all scored goals for Atwater (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 CCC). Gutierrez and Perez also picked up an assist.

Bobby Ceja scored a pair of goals for the Gauchos and Carlos Quintero and Osvaldo Moreno added one goal each.

Quintero also added an assist for El Capitan (8-5-2 overall, 4-1-1 CCC).