IN SPORTS: TOKAY’S ITURRARAN TAKES CO-MVP

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While the Tokay High girls wa­ter polo team pre­pares to fight for a sec­tion cham­pi­onship on Satur­day, the TriCity Ath­letic League re­leased its all-league teams ear­lier this week.

Tokay gar­nered sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing Ni­cole Iturraran tak­ing the league’s co-MVP award.

Two other Tigers were named to the first team in Lizzy Macfar­lane and Han­nah Or­tiz along with Lodi High’s Elisa Grim and Jackie Westert­erp.

Iturraran has been the linch­pin for Tokay’s of­fense, rack­ing up 120 goals in 24 games for the Tigers (21-3), along with 22 as­sists at 37 steals. Her two best games came against St. Mary’s, with a 12-goal, two steal game on Oct. 3 and an 11-goal, fivesteal game on Oct. 22.

Iturraran shared the MVP award with Lin­coln’s

MacKen­zie Lin­coln. The Tro­jans and the Tigers shared the TCAL ti­tle, each with a 91 record. Lin­coln’s An­nie As­plund won the league’s goal­keeper award.

Macfar­lane also holds down the mid­dle with Iturraran,

and has 30 goals, 26 as­sists and 12 steals, with a sea­son high of five goals in the first game against St. Mary’s. Or­tiz has 10 goals, 26 as­sists and 12 steals.

Grim, a sopho­more, led Lodi with 83 goals as the Flames went 16-12 , ex­it­ing the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion D-I play­offs with a sec­ond-round loss to Wood­creek. Her sea­son high was nine in a win over Tracy on Oct. 22. Westert­erp scored 39 goals for the Flames.

Tokay’s Katie McLain (17 goals, 20 as­sists, 30 steals) and goal­keeper Alanna Stoops (68 goals al­lowed against 163 saves) were named to the sec­ond team, along with Lodi’s Han­nah Wil­son (35 goals).

Tokay’s Syd­ney Ste­wart was honor­able men­tion, as were Lodi’s Liz Decko, McKen­zie Camp­bell, Brook­lynn Shull and goal­keeper Kelsey Siria.

On the boys side, St. Mary’s Matthew Hos­mer was MVP and team­mate Lewis Gale took the goal­keeper award.

Lodi’s Vic­tor Plun­kett and Alex El­rod were named to the first team af­ter lead­ing

the Flames to a 17-9 record with a sec­ond-round play­off exit against Rock­lin. Ben­ton Peter­son, Jack LeBaron and goal­keeper Tris­tan Gorham were named sec­ond-team.

For Tokay, Nate Bon­ham was named to the sec­ond team.

The Tokay girls will play Rio Amer­i­cano for the SacJoaquin Sec­tion Di­vi­sion II ti­tle at 1 p.m. on Satur­day at Wood­creek High in Ro­seville.

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

Tokay's Ni­cole Iturraran shoots to score a goal as Del Oro's Ash­ley Lea­man de­fends dur­ing their Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Di­vi­sion II semi­fi­nal game at Tokay High on Wed­nes­day.

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