LATHROP MAKES HISTORY
Spartans girls’ basketball team wins school’s first ever VOL title
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
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.