Jaydon Williams of Turlock and Pitman High's Kaylin Randhawa are travel ball teammates outside of their respective high school basketball teams and they are also the 2016-17 Turlock Journal Co-Players of the Year.
This honor was given after both were nominated by area coaches to be considered for the award.
Williams and Randhawa shared major individual and team successes that led to their squads earning a postseason berth after the Pitman Pride and Turlock Bulldogs finished atop the Central California Conference standings in first and second place, respectively.
“It’s really humbling. I feel really nice that all the hard work doesn't go unnoticed,” said Randhawa. “I'm glad and really happy... really humbling to be co-players of the year with one of my travel teammates, that's awesome and it's crazy we are form the same town.”
“I definitely feel we are the best two best players around, but very flattering feeling and honored as well and humbling,” said Williams. “I was confident going into the season, it was not being cocky, but I was just confident that we would do well and having my sister made it easier.”
Jaydon, who is only a sophomore, had the privilege of playing alongside her senior sister Shea—who was also a standout player and a first team selection for the Journal's all-area team.
Turlock finally made its way back into the postseason this season for the first time since 2010-11 and Williams was a big reason why.
Williams, who was also the Central California Conference Most Valuable Player, led the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game to go with 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 4.1 steals.
“In my opinion, she is the best player in the area,” said Turlock coach Mark Musselman about Williams.
The Bulldogs also won their first league title since the 2010-11 season.
“It was unforgettable and I will never forget the last win to win the CCC title,” said Williams. “I was satisfied, I gave it my all. It was really fun; it’s a memory I won’t forget and I loved winning CCC with my sister before she graduates.”
Turlock went 20-8 overall and 10-2 in the CCC, while Pitman went 17-11 for the year and followed in second place at 9-3 in the CCC.
Both Williams and Randhawa were anchors for the top two defenses in the CCC. Turlock allowed the least amount of points for the year (483) while Pitman allowed the second least points for the year with 496.
“I thought, personally, she does more for us, in terms of what she can do and is asked to do more,” said Pitman head coach Dustin Curtiss. “Look at her stat sheet, she has everything, I don't think many are required to do that. We have great players but for her, she has to do it all, and was asked to take on all that responsibility and as a leader she has done a good job of that.”
Randhawa was the rock for the team and led all scorers with 16.3 points per game in 28 games played, along with 8.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.4 blocks.
“I am very blessed to have great coaches and teammates who surround me, they are part of the success and you can’t have success without hard work that comes from everybody's great attitude,” said Randhawa.
Randhawa, a junior, is a three-year varsity player for coach Curtiss but her goals have always been bigger—to play Division-I basketball.
“I have a brother (Amarpreet) who works out with me every day since 7th grade,” said Randhawa. “I made a decision to play D1 basketball and my brother told me it won’t be easy. A lot of hard work and extra hours in the gym, that shows the difference and I’m very lucky to have my brother help me become the player I am.
“I have tons of coaches who have been huge to my success, coach Tubbs, Walker, Frank, Curtiss as well and coach Mendoza,” she added. “They all been part of my high school career since fourth grade and helped me develop and I can't thank them enough.”
Players from Turlock Christian, Hilmar, Delhi, Pitman and Turlock make up this year’s All-Journal team.
All-Journal Girls Basketball Team
Co-Players of the Year: Jaydon Williams (Turlock) and Kaylin Randhawa (Pitman)
Andrea Selkow (Pitman)
Shea Williams (Turlock)
Jada Washington (Turlock)
Elizabeth Flores (Hilmar)
Hailey Chavez (Hilmar)
Hope Salsig (Turlock)
Cerah Moren (Pitman)
Bianca Escobedo (Delhi)
Dezmine Washington (Turlock)
Sarah Musselman (Turlock)
Olivia Salafia (Pitman)
Erin Benning (Hilmar)
Jessica Juarez (Delhi)
Amandeep Sandhu (Delhi)
Emilie Bakker (Turlock Christian)
Cameron Swanson (Turlock Christian)