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Central Valley Senior Showcase on tap for tonight
Hawk, Bulldog hoops talent to play in games
Rivals the past three seasons, Bulldog Nicole Bates (pictured left) and Hawk Mikayla Mabie will suit up for the National Girls Team in the Second Annual Central Valley Senior Showcase tonight at Pitman High School in Turlock. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley’s Mikayla Mabie and Alyssa Costa, and Ceres High’s Nicole Bates and Austin Stiles have been selected to participate in the Second Annual Central Valley Senior Showcase today at Pitman High School in Turlock.

Mabie, Costa and Bates will suit up for the National Girls Team, along with Pitman’s Alize Tyler and Katie Willett, Turlock Christian’s Alexis Smith, Denair’s Katie Oliver and Destiny Silva, and Oakdale’s Colleen Ibasco.

The American Girls Team rosters features Pitman’s Mika Jimenez, Turlock’s Meghan Hopkins, Morgan Nunes and Faith Pattee, Turlock Christian’s Cassie Balswick, Mikayla Yagi and Meghan Mark, Denair’s Selena Ortiz, Delhi’s Sydney Nightengale and Oakdale’s Micaela Maaske.

“It’s going to be one of the highlights of my senior year,” Mikayla said.

Mabie and Costa will team up for the final time.

Mikayla and Alyssa filled key roles while leading Central Valley to back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths and one Western Athletic Conference title over the past two seasons.

Mabie and Costa played one summer together with the Stanco Stampede travel basketball team.

“She’s my best friend,” Mabie said. “The chemistry we have I’ve never experienced that. She definitely made me a better player and likewise.”

Mikayla and Nicole faced off six times in WAC play.

Mabie and the Hawks compiled a 5-1 record against Bates and the Bulldogs.

Central Valley edged Ceres High twice (45-43, 44-43) this past season.

 “We built a friendship off the court,” Mikayla said. “Even before we became friends, we respected each other. We laugh about things that happened on the court junior and sophomore years.”

Mabie, Bates and their National teammates scrimmaged at Central Valley High School on March 15.

“Nicole and I partnered up,” Mabie said. “From the get-go, we found chemistry and that was just our first practice together.”

Mikayla was voted Western Athletic Conference MVP during the 2015-16 campaign.

Mabie averaged 13.9 points, 10.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the first-place Hawks (11-1).

Nicole earned first-team all-conference honors.

Bates averaged 13.7 points for the fourth-place Bulldogs (6-6).

Mabie plans to play hoops at the next level.

Stanislaus State and San Diego Christian College have both expressed interest.

Bates earned a softball scholarship to the University of Washington.

“I have no idea where I’m going to go,” Mabie said. “If I don’t find an offer I like, I will go to a junior college. I just want to play basketball.”

Stiles will suit up for the American Boys Team, along with Hughson’s Wyatt Michael, Pitman’s Jando Diaz and Chris Hanham, Turlock’s Halib Velasquez and Will Hilgen, Denair’s Logan Vann, Delhi’s Adrian Valladres, and Hilmar’s Nick Olvera and Nino Ta-a.

The National Boys Team roster features Hughson’s Mathew Shuayto, Pitman’s Micah Millentree and Gurman Takhar, Turlock’s Oscar Moreno and Ricky Heidelback, Turlock Christian’s Dominic Zendejas, Delhi’s Aranveer Bains, Denair’s Isaac Starks, and Hilmar’s Brock Tate and Alec Cano.

Stiles will reunite with Hilgen.

Austin and Will teamed up for two seasons at Mae Hensley Jr. High. They competed against each other in the Ceres Youth Basketball League.

“We planned on playing together at Ceres High,” Stiles said. “I went to Modesto Christian and transferred back when he left for Turlock. It’s cool being on his team. He was one of my best friends in junior high. We’re going to have a good time.”

Stiles led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the WAC standings (8-4) and second consecutive playoff appearance.

Austin received second-team all-league accolades.

He averaged 11.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Stiles will be coached by 2011 Ceres High graduate/Delhi assistant coach Edgar Lopez during the Central Valley Senior Showcase.

Lopez will fill in for fellow CHS grad/Hawks head coach Brian de la Porte, who led Delhi to its second straight postseason appearance during his first year at the helm.

Brian, who is feeling under the weather, previously coached at Patterson and Ceres High.

A standout receiver, Stiles plans to play football in college. He’s currently weighing scholarship offers.

“Right now, I’m thinking this will be my last basketball game,” Stiles said. “I’m excited for it. It’s going to be fun and emotional.”

The girls contest will get underway at 5:30 p.m.

The boys game will tip off at 7:15 p.m.