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Turlock talent represented in basketball all league teams
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Pitman's Robert Salmon scores points during the game against Gregori in January. Salmon was named to the CCAL All-League First Team (Journal file photo).

The 2021-2022 California Central Athletic League Basketball All-League team is out and it is full of Turlock athletes. First year Turlock High head coach Nick Nathanson was named co-coach of the year as well.

Pitman forward Robert Salmon is the Pride’s representative on the first team all-league. The senior averaged 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks a game. Some of his highlight performances were a 30-point nine rebound game in a win against Enochs and 28 points and 19 rebounds in a loss against Downey.

Guard Daniel Malagon was second in MVP voting in league and was one of two Bulldogs who received first team honors. The senior averaged 15 points a game this season and set the school record for three pointers made in a game and in a season this year. A few standout games for Malagon were a 32-point game in a win against Gregori and 23 points in a season finale against Downey to win the CCAL title.

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Turlock's Daniel Malagon scores against Downey in January. Malagon was named to the CCAL All-League First Team (Journal file photo).

“Being named all-league first team is definitely a great honor, especially in our competitive league,” said Malagon. “It just shows all the hard work and long hours that it took to get here. It means a lot and it’s a great honor.”

Center Gavin Cox is another Bulldog on the first team. The junior was essential for the Bulldogs with his ability to grab offensive boards and control the paint. He finished the season averaging 14 points and seven rebounds a game. Some of the season highlights for Cox were 17 points and 15 rebounds in a win against Downey and 24-point game in a win against Pitman.

Forward Avery Sanchez is representing the Pride on the second team. The freshman didn’t look out of play with the upperclassmen and should have a bright future ahead. Sanchez averaged 11 points a game and three assists this year. Some of his standout performances this season were 24 points in a win against Modesto High and 15 points in a win against Enochs.

Guard Kyle Ericksen rounds out the second team for the Bulldogs. The senior averaged nine points and three assists this season and was named the MVP of the Godinez Tournament at the start of the season. Some of the highlights of Ericksen’s season included an 18 point/five rebound/10 assist game in a win against Downey and 12 points/seven rebounds/six assists in a win against Modesto High.

“I am honored to make the list and it has always been a longtime goal of mine,” said Ericksen. “It’s a great way to end my final season.”