Jalen Patterson pulled off a hat trick on the basketball court.

The Liberty Ranch High boys basketball player, a four-year starter at guard, was named the Sierra Valley Conference’s Most Valuable Player recently. This is the third consecutive year he’s earned the award.

“It means a lot,” Patterson said. “This wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my teammates and coaches.”

Patterson also gives credit to Liberty Ranch coach Brian Chavez, who “put me in good spots to succeed” Patterson noted.

Patterson help lead Liberty Ranch to a second-place finish in the conference and an 18-13 overall record that included a return trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento last month. The Hawks also earned a NorCal Regional playoff berth.

Playing in all of the Hawks’ 31 games this past season, Patterson averaged 28.1 points per game. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per game.

Patterson also leaves his mark in the section. He scored 2,933 points during his career, making him the section’s second all-time leading scorer.

Patterson had visits to four-year colleges lined up. But those are up in the air because of the coronavirus/pandemic.

“Everything has been on hold,” Patterson said. “I had visits lined up.”

Freshman forward Cody Smith was the other Hawk who was named to the all-SVC’s first team with Patterson. Smith, listed at 6-foot-7 and 200-pounds on the Hawks’ roster, averaged an even 9 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Galt’s Logan Mayfield was also named to the first team with Smith and Patterson.

Union Mine head coach Ryan Williams was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

Girls basketball — Liberty Ranch landed three players and Galt two on the all-league first team.

Leading the way for Liberty Ranch was Hannah Lopez, Anastasia Contreras and Jess Lawton. Lopez was the Hawks’ leading scorer with 7.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Hawks finished with a 12-14 record that included a third place finish in the SVC. Liberty Ranch earned a section’s D-IV playoff berth, only to be eliminated in the first round.

Raina Saldivar and Kaya Weaver were Galt’s representatives. Saldivar, a junior guard, averaged 12.5 points per game.

Galt finished with a better overall record than Liberty Ranch at 19-11, and one game behind the Hawks in the SVC at 5-5. Galt won a section D-V play-in game before losing in the first round.

Boys soccer — Galt’s Gonzalo Garcia shared MVP honors with El Dorado’s Angus Cummings.

Garcia was one of seven Warriors who won the SVC title for a fourth straight year. Those other Warrior players were Francisco Alvarez, Alexis Gonzalez, Macario Bermudez, Daniel Maravilla, Jose Santos and Enrique Cruz.

Garcia scored 21 goals for the Warriors this past season. He also had 15 assists.

Galt head coach Alfredo Renteria was named the SVC’s Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honors with El Dorado’s Steve Beck.

Along with winning the SVC title, Galt was the No. 1 seed in the section’s D-III playoffs and advanced to the title game. Galt also earned a CIF State NorCal regional game.

Liberty Ranch, which finished tied for second place with El Dorado in the SVC, had four players earn all-SVC honors; Isaac Sandoval, Damion Ochoa, Ivan Zavala and Julio Pargas Jr.

The Hawks won their first round D-IV playoff game against Sonora. Then Livingston edged Liberty Ranch in the second round.

Girls soccer — Liberty Ranch had five players named to the first team; Sydney Klink, Ashlynn Staley, Marissa Regla, Alicea Castaneda and Kaytlynn Staley. The Hawks took third place in the conference behind second place El Dorado and new champion Bradshaw Christian.

Klink, a senior who was a four-year starter at midfielder, scored 19 goals and recorded 5 assists.

Liberty Ranch, which won the section’s D-IV title in 2019, advanced again to the playoffs. But Venture Academy of Stockton beat the Hawks in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

Galt had three players on the all-SVC squad; Sabrina Welch, Sasha Martinez and Mariely Preciado.

Wrestling — Liberty Ranch placed three on the first team; Jose Acosta (285-pounds), Solomon Witkin (152) and Kinyaa’aanii Nuno 138). Galt had one in William Farren (106).

Contact Mike Bush at mikeb@lodinews.com. Follow on Twitter: @MBushLodiSports.

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