All-WAC teams feature plenty from Los Banos and Pacheco

dwitte@losbanosenterprise.comMay 23, 2014 

A number of local athletes have made all-Western Athletic Conference teams after successful campaigns this spring.

In softball, Pacheco’s Gia Rodoni was named co-pitcher of the year along with Ceres’ Kaytlin Donaldson despite pitching in just seven of the 12 league games. But the Panthers went 7-1 in those games, and Rodoni tossed four one-hitters and a no-hitter during that time, then helped Pacheco to a 4-3 victory over Central Catholic in a tiebreaker game. She finished the season with an 8-3 record and a 0.59 earned-run average.

Rodoni’s teammate, center fielder Arianna Barton, was named to the first team after batting .590 this season with 25 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. Los Banos shortstop Ally Waltman, a freshman, also earned first-team honors after an impressive season of defense.

Second-team All-WAC softball honors went to Los Banos pitcher Taylor Harris, one of two starter-quality pitchers the Tigers used frequently during league play, and second baseman Haley Quintana.

The baseball All-WAC team consisted of Los Banos center fielder Corbin Lilledahl and Pacheco catcher/infielder Kenneth Remulla on the first team, and LB pitcher Brevin Welch and infielders Chris Corral and Tyler Slayday on the second team.

Remulla batted .373 this season and spent most of the season as Pacheco’s catcher. Lilledahl roamed the outfield for LB and was a huge part of the team’s defense. Welch was one of LB’s top pitchers and routinely found himself on the mound during big games, while Slayday made the move from catcher to first base this season. Corral spent most of the season at third base, but took over duties at shortstop when Christian Garnica went down with appendicitis.

In golf, LB’s Brandon Valdez and Nick Fisher were both named second-team all-WAC after helping the Tigers to a second-place finish in the league. Fisher carded a team-low 87 at the WAC finals, and Valdez shot 92.

In soccer, Los Banos defender Emely Sanchez was the only local named to the first team despite the Tigers going 0-11-1 and finishing dead last in league play. Her teammate Maria Garcia was named to the second team along with Pacheco goalkeeper Sabrina Soares, a first-year varsity player who brought an aggressive approach to her time between the pipes.

In tennis, Los Banos’ J.T. Barcellos was the only local player named to the All-WAC team after going 10-2 in league matches at No. 1 singles. He rolled his ankle in the WAC singles tournament and fell short of qualifying to the section tournament. It was his fourth straight All-WAC season.

The only All-WAC selections in track went to Mark Joseph, Maurice Harden, Miguel Cintora III and Adam Perez of Pacheco, which consisted of the league-champion 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relay teams.

The swimming All-WAC team was chock full of Tigers though, with Jared Benitez, Paul Reyes, Alex Marquez, Irene Duke and Cheyenne Ritchey all winning event individually to earn all-league status. The girls 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay all won, as well as the boys 200-yard medley relay. Elissa Martinez was the only Pacheco swimmer to make it after winning the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.

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