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Lance Eber knew he wasn't a lock to take over the soccer program at Golden Valley High.
Rey Vega, the fleet running back who keyed Central Catholic's late-season push to the state small-schools championship, will attend Portland State on a football scholarship.
In the 38 years at Grace Davis High School, Dwayne Westphal has done just about everything, from teaching business, to coaching football, track, girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, and baseball, to being the school's athletic director.
Wednesday's High School and College Results
ON THE DIAMOND: The Central California Conference was loaded with individual talent this year, but Daulton Jefferies stood out as the lone player who could carry his team both offensively and as a pitcher and was named the league's MVP. He hit .423 with 15 extra-base hits and walked 22 times. On the mound, he went 10-2 with a 0.92 ERA, had 10 complete games in 11 starts and struck out 141 batters in 83º innings.
ON THE DIAMOND: Allie Walljasper batted .482 one hit shy of .500 with 20 RBIs, a .557 on-base percentage, an .815 slugging percentage and struck out just four times in 72 regular-season plate appearances. Those numbers alone compiled in the rugged Valley Oak League probably were good enough to earn her Player of the Year honors. But the 6-foot-1 junior didn't make her name with her bat. Walljasper is a pitcher. A power pitcher, pure and simple. She was 18-2 during the regular season her only losses coming to city rival East Union and playoff qualifier Oakdale with a 0.47 ERA. Opponents batted .088 against her and had an on-base percentage of just .149. In 120ª innings, she struck out 227 and walked just 24 nearly a 10/1 ratio.
Will Brink averaged 35 strokes per round over his nine-hole matches and was named the MVP of the Valley Oak League for the second time. It was his tough-minded performance during the postseason, however, that lifted him into the elite.
IN THE POOL: Records are meant to be broken, sure, but they're not meant to be blown out of the water. Yet, that's exactly what Golden Valley's Connor Hoppe did in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Sac-Joaquin Section finals May 11 in Lodi.
IN THE POOL: So you you want to be a successful high school swimmer and earn a scholarship to a Division I college? Simple. Just follow Hailee Baldwin's blueprint. Up at 4:15 a.m. three days a week. Drive from Turlock to Ripon to train for 90 minutes at Ripon Aquatics. Drive back to Pitman High for a school day that includes three advanced placement courses. After school, head back to Ripon for another two and a half hours work in the pool and dry-land training (weights, plyometrics, etc.), then back to Turlock for dinner and homework.
ON THE PITCH: When asked what her team's record was this season, all Maryssa McDuffy could remember was the losses. When asked how many goals and assists she recorded, she said she had no idea. Right there, you can see what really matters to this elite all-around student-athlete.
Oakdale's Nick Vander Tuig, who just completed his junior season at UCLA, was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the sixth round on Friday, the second day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.
Beyer High's Josh Chamberlain doubled home two runs in the sixth inning to extend the East's lead during its 5-2 win over the West in the 24th Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
Former Central Catholic standout and Modesto Bee player of the year Billy Flamion was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft on Saturday.
Will Brink made his appearance Wednesday at the 2013 CIF Boys Golf Championship worth the trip.
California's best track and field athletes, featuring 10 from the Stanislaus District, will compete at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. All share the same goal today qualify for Saturday night's finals.