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Bulldogs, Hawks pile up Valley Oak League honors
The Valley Oak League released its all-conference selections for both boys and girls basketball.

Ceres High's Brett Sayad has been named to the first-team All-VOL squad for the second straight year. The 6-foot-7 senior forward-guard was one of three players to garner all-conference honors for the boys, who finished in a three-way tie for third place with Manteca and Sonora in the VOL standings (7-7).

He was joined by teammates Marcus Hilgen and Thomas Vanderlaan.

Sayad averaged 21.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 83 percent (75-for-90) from the free-throw line. Brett was held under 17 points just once this season.

"He did everything for us," Ceres head coach Jason Martin said.

Hilgen garnered honorable-mention accolades. The junior point guard averaged 10.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He shot 81 percent (39-for48) from the foul line.

"Marcus was one of the best defensive points guards in the league," Martin said.

Vanderlaan, a 6-foot-7 center, was named to the all-defensive team.

Jode Johnson, Kaylee Brown and Lili Jaimes were rewarded for leading Ceres High's girls to a fourth-place tie in league play with Weston Ranch (5-9).

Johnson made the second team. The sophomore guard-forward averaged 8.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for Ceres High, which posted a 9-16 overall record and finished in a tie for fourth place with Weston Ranch in conference play (5-9).

Brown earned honorable-mention honors. The senior center averaged 8.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Jaimes, a first-year varsity guard, was named to the all-defensive team.

"She was the only freshman to make it," Ceres assistant coach Phil de la Porte said.

Central Valley High School's boys and girls basketball programs each had two selections.

Junior guard Julie Calderon was named to the first team, while senior forward Latrisha Jordan made the all-defensive team. They helped the Hawks double their previous year's conference win total (2-12).

Calderon averaged 12.3 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She ranked second in assists, third in scoring and seventh in steals in the VOL.

"I put a lot of pressure on her and she stepped up to the challenge," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said.

Jordan was named to the all-defensive squad. The senior forward averaged 4.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Latrisha ranked first in rebounding and third in steals.

"Her game took a giant leap for the better in every area," Padilla said.

"She used her speed to her advantage."

Noorzai finished one vote shy of the first team. The second-team honoree and senior guard averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game for the boys squad, which tied for fourth with East Union in the VOL (4-10).

Trevor Mew was an honorable-mention pick. The junior guard averaged 11.6 points. 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.