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MHS senior named MVP; Pires is Coach of the Year
Manteca High senior Rileigh Mankin, who will continue her soccer career at Corban College of Salem, Ore., was voted the Valley Oak League’s Most Valuable Player. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin
 Manteca High senior Rileigh Mankin was voted the Valley Oak League MVP during the year-end coaches meeting.

The Corban College-bound attacking midfielder led the Buffaloes to a second-place 12-3-1 record in league and 18-6-2 overall. Manteca qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time since 2006, losing to Colfax 3-0 in the first round of the Division-IV tournament.

Mankin was the catalyst for the area’s most potent attack that led the area with 99 goals. She scored 13 goals overall and assisted 14 others to Manteca’s talented front line that includes freshman first-team selection Sammie Morris (23 goals).

Earning Coach of the Year honors was Manuel Pires, who guided the Timberwolves (13-1-2, 18-6-2) to their 11th VOL championship in 16 years and the semifinal round of the SJS playoffs.

Sierra’s talented midfield earned three spots on the all-VOL first team. Junior Stephanie Vanni led Valley Oak League goal-getters with 26 on the season.

Junior Sydnee Koscielecki (10 goals, 10 assists), senior Mariela Pimentel (seven goals, four assists) and senior defender Rebecca Scott join Vanni on the first team, while sophomore forward Joanna Ortiz (17 goals, 10 assists) got the nod for the second team.

Morris wasn’t the only underclassman from Manteca to get selected on the all-league team. Sophomore goalkeeper Jimi Guibor (11 shutouts, 107 saves) and junior defender Abigail Rosas were named to the first team.

Sophomore defender Jessica Reeder, freshman Sialei Manuleleua (16 goals, nine assists) and junior Airenne Curry (15 goals) are on the second team.

East Union’s young and talented team (11-3-2, 16-5-4), which barely missed a playoff berth, was also recognized, with three players making the all-league team.

On the first team are freshman twins Kianna and Kayla Lamont and fleet-footed junior forward Megan Howley (21 goals, 12 assists). Senior defender Jesika Villegas is on the second team.

Junior defender Victoria Iniguez is the first player in Lathrop High history to earn a spot on the all-league first team. Spartan teammate Dominique Caceres was selected to the second team. Weston Ranch senior striker Wafa Hafed also earned first-team honors.