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Cougars focus on postseason after perfect run in VOL
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PJ Gill scores two points for East Union with a fastbreak layup against Oakdale. - photo by Photo By Sean Kahler

STOCKTON — Weston Ranch honored its nine seniors Wednesday, and the Cougars were finally able to celebrate their Valley Oak League championship.

Though the title has been secured for more than a week, they wanted to end the regular season with a perfect league record and did so with a 70-53 win over Kimball. It’s the program’s fifth championship in its 12-year varsity history, and second under fourth-year coach Chris Teevan. 

Teevan, however, has bigger goals set for his Cougars. They’re 0-2 in Sac-Joaquin Section postseason finals, and they are expected to reach the title round for a second straight year. The SJS will unveil playoff brackets today. Weston Ranch (14-0 VOL, 23-4 overall) is likely to receive a top-two seed.

“As much as I try to underplay it, we can’t really get around it,” Teevan said of earning the VOL title. “It’s an honor to play in such a tough league with a high competition level. Our seniors have stuck together for four years and earned this. It’s great for our kids and we’ll move forward. Now it’s time to make our money.”

Teevan said his team’s effort Wednesday “wasn’t our best by any means,” but it showed little effect from the senior night festivities and jumped out to a 21-8 lead.

Weston Ranch had five players in double figures, all of them seniors: Fred Lavender (15 points), D’Angelo Finley (13 points), Anthony Booker (12 points, 15 rebounds), Jaelen Ragsdale (11 points) and Jordan Strane (10 points). Ragsdale made his first appearance after battling pneumonia last week.

“I didn’t have a limit as far as playtime for Ragsdale, but you can tell he’s a little gassed,’ Teevan said. “We have a whole week to get him ready to roll, so I’m not worried about that.” 

Kimball (4-10, 10-16) was led by VJ Obiajulu’s 19 points, and Noel Oli had 11.


East Union 68,

Oakdale 37

At Dalben Center, the Lancers (4-10, 12-14) finished their season on a high note behind Gyse Hulsebosch’s 23 points. Senior Austin Miller added 16 points, and PJ Gill scored 11.

Nick Woodie paced Oakdale (0-14, 1-26) with 11 points.

East Union dominated from the start and set the tone defensively to lead 28-11 by halftime. The Lancers limited the Oakdale to four points in the second quarter and erupted for 25 of their own in the fourth.

“We got off to a good start defensively, got stops and rebounded well,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr said. “Everyone was involved offensively and everybody got in the scorebook. It was a good night for our seniors. They deserved this after working hard all season, and we’re happy to be able to go out and get the win for the seniors.”


Sophomore girls

Manteca 50,

Central Catholic 10

MODESTO — The Buffaloes captured the VOL crown Tuesday night, finishing with a 13-1 record.

Selena Lopez led the way with 12 points and five assists. Chandler Nieman pulled down 12 rebounds, and Simran Kaur added six steals and five assists. Central Catholic was held without a point until it ended the drought with two minutes left in the second quarter.


Freshman boys

East Union 50,

Oakdale 22

Pascual Vasquez poured in 21 points as the Lancers trounced visiting Oakdale.