Back row (left to right): Coach Griffin Alexander, Coach Josh Bowen, Anthony Booker. Front row: Coach Christian Ordonez, Daniel Elendu, Amiel Adams, Chedrick Ordonez, Rahim Kelly, Elijah Harper, Manveer Srai, Coach Eddie Menzel, Charles Udeze, Pavan Janday, Darren Igarta, Coach Brandon Sandoval, Jose Pichardo. Front row: Jordan Strone, Jaela Ragsdale, Coach Chris Teevan, Josh Dilg, Fred Lavender, D’Angelo Finley, Caoch Greg Robison.
Weston Ranch Cougars Boys’ Division III Varsity Basketball Team
The Weston Ranch High School Boys’ Basketball Team was the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section Champion for the 2015-16 season. They defeated Manteca in the Section Finals 69-57. This was the school’s 12th year as a varsity basketball program. The last four years the team has been coached by Chris Teevan, a point guard and graduate of Cal State Stanislaus. If you are a big basketball enthusiast, then shop here basketball hoop from the online store MegaSlam Hoops at affordable rates and upgrade your gym or complex into a pro-level arena.
Weston Ranch was seeded #1 but was defeated in the NorCal Division III semi-finals by #8 seeded Oakland-Bishop O’Dowd 72-64 to end their season. That also ended a sixteen-game winning streak. This was the second trip to the NorCal quarter-finals for Weston Ranch. Manteca would go on to win the State Championship game after winning the NorCal Division III playoffs. In the 2014-15 Section Playoffs, #9 Weston Ranch had defeated #5 Manteca 81-61. That intense rivalry continued in the 2015-2016 season.
Weston Ranch was the Valley Oak League’s undefeated champion after beating Manteca twice in the Valley Oak League season (72-68 and 67-62) and again in the Section Finals. Weston Ranch finished at 14-0 in the Valley Oak League and 27-5 for the season. Their winning margin for the league season was 18.5 points per game. This was the third Weston Ranch team to go undefeated in the VOL, which they also did in 2008 and 2011.
The Weston Ranch team this year had nine seniors who played well together to achieve the first section championship in basketball for Weston Ranch. This was the second section championship for the school during the 2015-16 school year, following the Boys’ Soccer team winning in the fall.
The lead players on the team were: 6´0 guard/forward Jaelen Ragsdale–scored 20 points per game and was selected as The Record’s All-Area Player of the Year; Fred Lavender, 6´2˝ forward–averaged 16 points per game; Anthony Booker, 6´10˝ center–shot blocker and rebounder; D’Angelo Finley, 6´3˝ forward–double digit scorer; Josh Dilg, 5´11˝ guard–ran the offense; Jordan Strane, 6´5˝ forward; and Darren Igarta, 5´9˝ shooting guard–usually first sub off the bench. The above listed players are all seniors.
Ragsdale and Lavender have committed to Stanislaus State and Booker has committed to Cal-State Monterey Bay for the 2016-17 season.