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Weston Ranch garners SJS postseason berth
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STOCKTON — Not bad for a rebuilding season.

Weston Ranch’s boys basketball team is heading back to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, clinching the third and final automatic berth in the Valley Oak League on Wednesday with a decisive 59-29 victory over Kimball.

Few Cougars return from last year’s VOL and SJS Division III championship squad that graduated its entire starting five including three NCAA Division II signees. Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan expected growing pains this season with three underclassmen in the starting lineup.

“This is big for us,” he said. “It has been an up-and-down season. We’ve lost some kids, but we have good team leadership and I feel like we’ve grown and gotten better as the season wore on. Not in my wildest dreams did I think we were going to finish (the regular season) 17-10 and going to the playoffs before the season started.”

Weston Ranch (9-5, 17-10) heads to the postseason on a three-game winning streak and a winner of six of its last seven.

Chedrick Ordonez, one of six seniors honored Wednesday, made 5 of 6 3-point attempts in the first quarter and finished with 17 points. Sophomore Makhi Turner added 12 points. The Cougars led 19-8 after the first quarter, then limited Kimball (2-12, 6-21)  to two points in the second for a 31-10 halftime advantage.

Noah Pajarillo paced the Jaguars with seven points.

“We need our shooters to shoot the ball well,” Teevan said. “That’s (Ordonez’s) job and he’s doing a pretty good job at it right now. When he and Makhi are hhitting their shots, it opens things up for Gavin (Wilburn) and Raul (Melgarejo).”


Sophomore girls

Ripon 49,

Ripon Christian 43

RIPON — Mikayla Vaught, promoted from the freshman squad, poured in 16 points to lead Trans-Valley League runner-up Ripon.

Ripon Christian (6-6, 13-12 overall) was anchored by Ariel Vander Woude’s 18 points and 14 rebounds. Sarah Brown and Rylee Beidleman chipped in nine points apiece.


Freshman boys

Ripon 62,

Ripon Christian 19

RIPON — The Indians (12-0, 23-1) thoroughly dominated their rival to finish out their TVL championship season.

Nico Ilardi accumulated 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Grant Wiebe contributed 12 points and six boards. Troy Brogan had 10 points and 12 rebounds.