Bulletin staff reports
Racking up MVP awards has become routine for Lathrop High senior Mary Cotton.
On Sunday, the 6-foot-1 basketball standout was crowned MVP of a NorCal Sports TV All-NorCalotto game at College in Livermore after leading the Stan-Joaquin All-Star squad to a 92-81 victory over the Central Section.
Cotton was one of seven athletes from the Manteca area to be selected to participate in the third-year event. Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan guided the Stan-Joaquin boys all-stars to a thrilling 96-95 comeback victory keyed by a late go-ahead jumper from Manteca's Domonick Victor.
The all-day extravaganza was tipped off by a middle school all-star game pitting schools from the Bay Area against schools from the Sac-Joaquin Section. Included were Stella Brockman eighth grader Bryant Davis and Great Valley seventh grader Mario Williams.
There were also boys and girls all-star games matching the best of the Bay Area against the best from Sacramento. It was all capped off by the Junior College North vs. South showdown.
Cotton made good use of her time there and showcased her all-around talents, scoring a game-high 22 points while draining four 3s. She was also named MVP of the American team during the 5th annual Central Valley Senior Showcase held in Turlock. Her team lost 80-60 to National and was joined by East Union's Donja Payne, who earned the Coaches' Choice Scholarship.
Cotton is also a Co-MVP in the Western Athletic Conferene, and Payne — she contributed six points to for the winning side Sunday — is reigning MVP of the Valley Oak League.
The boys game did not start well for Teevan and the Stan-Joaquin team, which trailed at halftime, 51-39. Victor buried his game-winner from the top of the key with 10 seconds to go.
Ripon Christian guard Cade Alger did his part, tallying seven points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Ripon's Vincent Olmo earned an invitation but did not participate due to injury. Olmo and Alger are the Trans-Valley League's most valuable and most outstanding players, respectively.
Manteca 7, Kimball 2
TRACY — Manteca (7-2) garnered a big win that keeps it in the running for at least a share of the VOL title. The Buffaloes pulled out four three-set wins to do it.
At No. 4 and 5 singles, Hawshawn Singh (6-7 , 6-1, 6-4) and Kayson Neduvakkattu (7-6, 4-6, 6-4) both trailed in their third sets before coming away victorious. Julian Gosal secured another important point from No. 6 singles, holding on for a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3 win. Spencer Ogden and Jordan Navales ground out a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win at No. 3 doubles.
Solman Aniss swept Lance Le 6-4, 7-5 in a showdown between two of the VOL's top players. Aniss is the league's reigning singles champion. The Buffaloes' other wins came from No. 1 doubles Kevin Lin/Ryan Foo (6-1, 6-1) and No. 2 doubles (Rav Grewal/Kierstan Melan (7-6 , 6-0).
Kimball has a shot at revenge today at Manteca.
Ripon Christian 8, Le Grand 0
LE GRAND — Liz Thomas collected her 100th career base hit in the showdown between Southern Athletic League contenders. She went 4 fo4 with a double and three RBIs.
Ariel VanderWoude also drove in three runs, finishing 2 for 4. Malaira Camper belted a pair of hits, Morgan Van Elderen scored three times and Madison DeGraaf hurled a six-strikeout three-hitter. The club played error-free defense behind its pitching ace.
Beyer 3, Lathrop 1
MODESTO — Two errors and a balk doomed the Spartans (1-5, 1-9 overall) in this WAC battle.
Michael Pacheco went 2 for 4 and stole a pair of bases to lead Lathrop. Jeremiuah Estante, Eddie Reynoso and Noah Martinez each added a hit.
Ripon Christian 212, Denair 273
PATTERSON — Danton Indelicato's even-par 36 highlighted a lopsided victory for SAL-leading Ripon Christian (7-0) at Diablo Grande.
Camdan Indelicato trailed the medalist by two strokes. Darin Doek (40), Dylan Koolhaus (46) and Alec Berghorst (52) capped scoring. Drew Pritchard carded a 42 to pace Denair (3-4).
Manteca 70, Central Catholic 47
First-place finishers for the host Buffaloes: Domenic Favalaro (110-meter hurdles), Jacob DeJesus (100), Sunny Dozier (300 hurdles), Aidan Nicolas (pole vault), Kai Begonia (triple jump), Geo Alvarez (shot put) and Joseph Saylor (discus).
Manteca 107, Central Catholic 26
Aleah Melendez (800, 400), Kaley Miller (100, 200), Taina Colon (triple jump, high jump) and Julia Moreno (300 hurdles, long jump) each won a pair of events for Manteca.
Anchaleena James (100 hurdles) and Brianna Rodriguez (1,600) each contributed one first-place finish.
Central Catholic 2, East Union 1
Nolan Calmes knocked in Benjamin Slaughter for the Lancers' lone run, tying the game in the bottom of the second. Visiting Central Catholic went ahead for good in the third.
Slaughter also pitched a complete game, striking out six.
Frosh-soph boys track
Manteca 92, Central Catholic 28
Tristan Dooley (300 hurdles, 400), Krys Charles (100, long jump), Jesse Lopez (200) and Sergio Farias (3,200) spearheaded Manteca's dominant effort.
Frosh-soph girls track
Manteca 81, Central Catholic 18
Bella Vila (100, 200), Raveen Nijjar (800, mile) and Charleen Madayang (pole vault) collected first-place points for the Buffaloes.