LATHROP MAKES HIS­TORY

Spar­tans girls’ bas­ket­ball team wins school’s first ever VOL ti­tle

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By JONAMAR JACINTO

Dwayne Davis may as well be called “Mr. Lathrop.”

He can also be called cham­pion.

O n Tues­day, he led Lathrop High to its firstever Val­ley Oak League cham­pi­onship — in any sport — with a 56-37 vic­tory at Man­teca, which of­fi­cially passed the crown as the reign­ing ti­tlist.

Davis has lived in Lathrop since 1997 and be­gan coach­ing at the school when it opened 10 years ago, first as an as­sis­tant on the foot­ball staff, then track and boys bas­ket­ball be­fore tak­ing over the var­sity girls hoops pro­gram in the 201415 sea­son.

“Per­son­ally, I’m very proud, but I never want to make it about me,” he said. “I don’t ever want to be out front, I’m com­fort­able be­ing in the back do­ing the grind­ing for the kids and with the kids. I’m proud for the school and the com­mu­nity.

“Ev­ery­body needs some­thing to rally around and hope­fully this is it. From sport to sport we’ve been

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bul­letin

TOP PHOTO: Se­ma­jynique Steen, from left, Khiya Thorn­ton, Kay­sey Matela, Ju­liana Den­ning and Mary Cot­ton start danc­ing along the side­lines af­ter the fi­nal buzzer sounded at Man­teca. Lathrop clinched the school’s first var­sity league ti­tle with its 56-37 girls bas­ket­ball win Tues­day at Win­ter Gym. ABOVE PHOTO: Man­teca for­ward Rhi­an­non Ge­nilla, left, gets tied up by Lathrop’s Kyr­shara Gary on a re­bound un­der the hoop.

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