D’Angelo Finley made his one year at Weston Ranch count.
The senior transfer from Foothill (Pleasanton) was an important piece to the Cougars’ run to the Valley Oak League and first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championships. Although the 6-foot-3 guard/forward was the third-leading scorer on the team, it’s his versatility that makes him special, says Weston Ranch head coach and VOL Coach of the Year Chris Teevan.
“Complete player who was a huge part of the team,” Teevan said. “Ultimate team player who did whatever was needed to win. My only regret is that I’m not able to coach him for years to come.”
Finley averaged 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in the regular season. In the Cougars’ second league game against runner-up Manteca, he poured in a season-high 28 points. Weston Ranch went on to run the table in the VOL and finished 27-5 overall, earning the No. 1 seed in the CIF State Division III Northern California Regional Championships.
Stanislaus State-bound point guard Jaelen Ragsdale led Weston Ranch with 20 points per game and is an All-VOL first-team selection.
State champion Manteca (29-6) has tallest all-league players in Anand Hundal and Kenny Wooten, both 6-9. Hundal averaged 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks (stats through the section tournament) for the Buffaloes, while Nevada signee Wooten contributed 13.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.
Jess Spivey (21.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals), a 6-5 forward, emerged as a go-to player for fourth-place Sierra (7-7, 16-11). Lathrop’s Junior Ballard is the lone underclassmen on the all-league first team after a breakout campaign in which he produced 24.3 points and 10.0 rebounds. The sophomore guard/forward made headlines in an upset win at Sierra, where he poured in a single-game program record 51 points.
Sierra guard Daniel Wyatt managed to outshine Ballard in the rematch, outscoring him 37-34 less than 24 hours after his father passed away. The win clinched a postseason berth for the Timberwolves. First-team snubs were inevitable this season because of the depth of the VOL, and Wyatt (18.2 points, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals) was one of the deserving players who settled for a second-team spot. Weston Ranch’s Fred Lavender (15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds), joining Ragsdale at Stanislaus State next year, is another. Junior guards Dwight Young (12.8 points, 76 3-pointers [40 percent], 86 percent free throws) and Gyse Hulsebosch (20.8 points, 74 3-pointers [43 percent]) of Manteca and East Union, respectively, also made the all-league second team.
Manteca’s Tydus Verhoeven and Weston Ranch’s Josh Dilg made honorable mention. Weston Ranch center Anthony Booker is on the All-Defensive Team along with Spivey and Wooten.