Turlock High’s Jenna Dean was named the Central California Athletic League’s Offensive Player of the Year and teammate Emma Russell was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Bulldogs coach Nicole Lonergan was named the loop’s Coach off the Year.
Dean, the league’s MVP last season, finished in a tie for this year’s MVP award with Gregori’s Ali Hou, but Hou won the tiebreaker vote and was named the league’s top overall performer.
“It was a bummer that the MVP award didn’t go to Jenna again,” said Lonergan. “I definitely felt her performance was the quality of an MVP, but the votes just didn’t swing her way.”
Dean, who the league MVP award while scoring 29 goals last season, stepped into more of playmaking role this year. She finished with 14 goals and a league-best 10 assists — eight of which came during CCAL play.
Meanwhile, Russell was the heart and soul of Turlock’s back line, according to Lonergan.
“She brought everybody together and kept them together,” said Lonergan. “She contributed to our league shutouts as much as our goalkeeper did.”
Dean, a senior who will play at Sonoma State next season, helped the Bulldogs to a 12-3-3 overall record and a 9-0-1 mark in the CCAL.
Turlock was eliminated in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs by Pleasant Grove, 2-1.
Gracie Ronveaux, Anika Olive and Shaylan Roy-Williams were first-team honorees for the Bulldogs, as was the Pride’s Lillyana Rodriguez.
Turlock’s Cylee Cowell, Paris Arteaga and Isis Cosio, along with goalie Abby Tucker, were selected to the second team, and were joined by the Pride’s Valeria Arroyo and Gabriella Rodriguez.
Turlock’s Megan Coelho and Pitman’s Josette Davila were honorable mentions.
Under Lonergan, Turlock won its first CCAL title since the 2017-18 season. Pitman, league champions last year, finished third this season behind Enochs.
On the boys side, Turlock’s Nicolas Pelayo and Pitman’s Sebastian Rios-Rios were named to the first team, while the Bulldogs’ Julian Yanez and the Pride’s Vidal Murrieta were named to the second team.
Eduardo Zamudio of Turlock and Aiden Carlson of Pitman were honorable mentions.
Modesto’s Yahir Hermosillo-Campos was the boys’ MVP, while Downey’s Elijah Reyneiveld was the league’s top offensive player and Gregori’s Gabriel Rico was the top defensive player. Modesto’s Claudio Alvarez, who guided the Panthers to the league title, was tabbed Coach of the Year.