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CV senior leaders earn all-conference recognition
Alyssa Long, Myra Naranjo and Eva Noorzai played key roles while leading Central Valley High School's varsity girls basketball team to record heights this past season.

The Hawks won a share of the Western Athletic Conference crown, qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs and posted a 15-8 overall record.

The senior trio garnered recognition during the WAC year-end coaches meeting on Feb. 26 at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.

"They did a lot for us this year," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We'll miss their leadership."

Long and Naranjo were both named to the WAC first team.

Alyssa was the Hawks' best all-round player. The fourth-year varsity player averaged 9.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.3 assists per game.

"We'll miss her leadership, athleticism and speed," Padilla said.

Myra led Central Valley in scoring (11.0 ppg). She averaged 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. She buried 22 3-pointers and shot 87 percent (13 of 15) from the free-throw line.

Noorzai received second-team, all-league honors.

Eva averaged 5.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.

Padilla, Ceres High's Shawna Nunes and Los Banos' Danny Crosby shared the Coach of the Year award.

Central Valley and Los Banos compiled identical 8-2 records in conference play.

Ceres High finished 2-8 during Nunes' final year as head coach.

"It's a big honor for myself and coaching staff," Padilla said.

For the first time in program history, Central Valley won a league title and advanced to the postseason.

"They (Long, Naranjo and Noorzai) set the bar for the juniors and JV girls coming up," Padilla said. "It all started during the summertime with lifting weights and running. They were constantly doing something. They showed everybody else what it takes."

Central Valley High School varsity boys basketball standout David Griffin was named to the WAC first team in a vote by the league's coaches last month in Turlock. The senior forward/center averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Hawks, who tied for last place in the league standings with a 2-8 mark.

"He earned the award," Central Valley head coach Darryl Dickson said. "He was our go-to guy the entire season. Other teams had to scheme in order to stop him."