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Ranchs Allen named MVP of VOL
Weston Ranch High’s Melvin Allen hustles back on defense against East Union on Jan. 26. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Melvin Allen’s overall stats hardly stand out, but he definitely earned notice in some of Weston Ranch’s biggest games during the Valley Oak League season.

The lone senior on the winningest basketball team in the program’s short history was voted the conference’s Most Valuable Player.

It may be a surprise to some considering he is a complementary piece on a squad that has more heralded players younger than him, but VOL Coach of the Year Ryan Bono put him up for the honor because of the immeasurable attributes such as leadership he brought to the team. Allen was also named to the all-defensive team.

Allen averages 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds going into the Cougars’ NorCal opener Tuesday.

Weston Ranch (14-0, 26-3) had its record 20-game winning streak snapped by powerhouse Sacramento High, 74-67, in last Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III semifinals.

Sophomore guard Dylan Alexander and junior Andre Beard are other all-league honorees for Weston Ranch. Davieon Leverett, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, is a second-team selection, and point guard Zerrion Payton, who completes The Ranch’s triumvirate of talented sophomores, earned honorable mention.

Manteca rivals Sierra (10-4, 20-8) and East Union (9-5, 15-11) were also well-represented on the all-league list.

Sierra junior center Will Ward is on the first team for a second consecutive year. He averaged 15 points and 8.6 rebounds in league. Sophomore Guillermo Nunez (second team), Eddie Andrade (honorable mention) and Edy Guzman (all-defensive) were also recognized.

For third-place East Union, exciting senior guard TeeJay Gordon (first team), sophomore Jordan Kron (second team), senior Robert Vaughn (honorable mention) and junior reserve Wayne Cheung (all-defensive) made the cut.

Manteca (5-9, 8-17), the league’s two-time defending champ, was anchored by 6-5 center E.J. Godfrey. He’s the area’s regular-season per-game leader with 19 points, earning himself a spot on the all-league first team. Guard B.J. Odell made the second team, and Ryan Culpepper is on the all-defensive team.