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Manteca’s Range a McDonald’s All-American nominee

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Manteca’s Range a McDonald’s All-American nominee

Courtney Range sets up for a 3-point attempt during Manteca High’s Valley Oak League contest at East Union on Jan. 18.

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POSTED January 27, 2013 4:18 p.m.

Manteca High senior Courtney Range is among the 814 basketball players nationwide to be nominated to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Games.

The nomination process concludes on Feb. 14 when the final rosters — made up of a total of 24 boys and 24 girls — are announced during the McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Show on ESPNU starting at 2 p.m.

This year’s event takes place Wednesday, April 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The 12th annual girls game tips off at 4 p.m. and will be aired ESPNU. The 36th annual boys game follows at 6:30 and broadcasts live on ESPN.

Range is only one of three girls representing Sac-Joaquin Section member schools to be nominated, joining Lynette Johnson of Sacramento’s Kennedy High and Brianna Ruiz of Del Oro (Loomis).

Range has been a key addition for Manteca’s two-time defending Valley Oak League championship girls squad. The mega-talented 6-foot-2 wing is averaging 21.1 points, 20.2 rebounds and 4.4 blocks, and in four of her 10 appearances for the Buffaloes she recorded at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Range missed Manteca’s 10 preleague contests because of a new California Interscholastic Federation rule that forces transfers who do not have a change of residence to sit out 30 days. She previously played for Stockton power St. Mary’s and helped the Rams earn a CIF Division II state title in 2011.

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