Arrington WAC Player of the Year, Tolleson WAC Coach of the Year
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Mar 14, 2014 | 1785 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two-time defending undefeated champion Patterson High had four players named to the 2014 All-Western Athletic Conference Girls Basketball Team, as selected by the WAC's seven coaches the league office recently announced.

The first team is led by Patterson senior Jovanah Arrington who was voted the WAC's Player of the Year. Arrington averaged 13 points and seven assists in league play this season. Classmate and fellow four-year varsity player Mele Tupouata (nine points, 11 rebounds, four blocks) was also a first-team selection. Both Tiger athletes were named to the second-team a season ago.

Five of the seven WAC schools had a representative on the first-team and every school had at least one player named to one of the three units.

Among this year's other all-WAC first team players are Danielle Friedrich of Central Catholic High of Modesto (17.1 points, 10.6 rebounds), Mia Lorenzo of Central Valley High of Ceres (12.1 points), Jacquelin Arretche of Los Banos High (18.2 points) and Samantha Rodriguez of Pacheco High of Los Banos (18.3 points).

This year's all-WAC second team includes junior Shealyn Craven (15 points, six steals, four assists) -- Patterson's only first-team selection last year -- and teammate senior Dayna Hansen (eight points, seven rebounds), a four-year varsity starter.

Central Catholic's Margaret Gallo (15.3 points), Ceres' Nicole Bates (13.1 points) and Los Banos' Evelyn Johnson (10.2 rebounds) round out this year's second team selections.

Elizabeth Tolleson of Patterson earned her first WAC Coach of the Year honor by leading the Tigers to a second straight undefeated regular season league title. In her fourth season with Patterson, Tolleson led the local squad to a second consecutive 12-0 WAC record, underscoring a 50-8 overall mark over the last two campaigns.

This year, Tolleson's guided Patterson to a 26-5 overall record, while earning a No. 3 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, where Patterson reached the section semifinals for the first time since 2003.

Since taking over the team during the 2010-11 season, Tolleson molded the Tigers into one of the area's elite squads, and has led the Tigers to three consecutive playoff appearances.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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