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CVs Mabie wins MVP award
A total of five Hawk, Bulldog players earn praise
The Hawks had the top player in the Western Athletic Conference this year in Mikayla Mabie. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School had the best player and team during the Western Athletic Conference varsity girls basketball season.

Mikayla Mabie and Hawk teammates Adriana Haynes and Adria Robinson were recognized in a vote by the conference's head coaches on Feb. 29 at Ceres High.

"I'm happy," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We got everything we wanted."

Crosstown-rival Ceres High had a pair of all-WAC selections in Nicole Bates and Jessica Arreola.

"The other coaches noticed two players on our team," Bulldogs leader Kristen McClure said. "They deserved it. I've had an awesome time coaching them the last three years."

Mabie, a senior guard, accomplished a first in program history by being named WAC Most Valuable Player.

"You can't vote for your own players," Padilla said. "All the other coaches talked about her. She got what she deserved. She worked so hard. She ate, drank and slept basketball. She could have done more for our team. But she wanted to get her teammates involved."

Mikayla averaged 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game while leading Central Valley to a share of the WAC championship (11-1).

Mabie garnered first-team all-WAC recognition as a junior. She averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest.

Mikayla was a role player with Central Valley during her sophomore year. The Turlock High transfer averaged 4.7 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

"I'm grateful for the award," Mabie said. "But I don't like to focus on the individual stuff. One of my goals was to be known as a team player. I really like passing."

Haynes and Bates were both selected to the WAC First Team.

Nicole, a senior guard, averaged 13.7 point per game in conference play for the fourth-place Bulldogs (6-6).

She rarely left the court.

"Nicole always played hard," McClure said. "She's like the Energizer Bunny. She can go forever."

Bates was promoted to Ceres High's varsity team her freshman year.

She received all-conference honors every season, including first-team three times.

Nicole was a second-team pick as a sophomore.

Bates was slowed by a hamstring injury during the first half of WAC play this year.

She also competed with a broken nose late in the season.

"It's rare to have one player earn league all four years," McClure said.

Haynes, a junior forward, averaged 10.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while contributing off the bench.

"She did a lot for our team," Padilla said.

Arreola earned second-team all-conference accolades.

The senior averaged 4.8 point per game during her third and final season with the Bulldogs.

"She was our main point guard," McClure said. "She was one of our leaders. She worked hard. She improved a lot."

Robinson, a junior post player, averaged 8.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest.

"She could take over a game anytime she wanted to," Padilla said.

Mabie and Bates will be sorely missed.

"Mikayla is one of the best all-round players I've coached," Padilla said. "She did everything. All the other girls looked up to her so much. It was like having a second coach on the floor. I was lucky."

"Nicole always put her team first," McClure said. "That's one of her best qualities. She's an awesome player and person."

"My life revolved around basketball," Mabie said. "I'm going to miss my teammates and being coached by Padilla. The game brought us closer together. We were a family."

Haynes and Robinson will fill bigger roles as seniors.

The Hawks will try to defend their WAC title.

"I want to see them battle each other next year," Padilla said. "When you develop competition with each other, it makes you play better."