Natomas Athletes Top All-League Team Lists

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Inderkum High boys basketball player Terrence White and Natomas High wrestler Jordan Sepeda top the winter All-Tri County Conference teams released Thursday.

White, who led the Tigers to the first round of the playoffs, was named TCC boys basketball MVP. Sepeda was named TCC heavyweight MVP and the 220-pound all-league selection—now a four-time honoree and will compete for the state title this weekend in Bakersfield.

In total 13 athletes from Inderkum and seven from Natomas were honored on the all-league teams which consist of wrestling and boys and girls basketball.

Inderkum juniors Andrew Ignont and Nef Torres were also named to the team with White. Torres, a sharp-shooting guard, was one of the top 3-point shooters in the league while Ignont was a leading rebounder for the Tigers.

“I am shocked, happy and humbled all at the same time,” Torres said. “A great way to end this historic season for my team and coaches.”

Phillip Morgan was the lone boys basketball player for the Nighthawks honored. Morgan, a junior, averaged 19.4 points a game for Natomas High after becoming transfer eligible in early January.

“He has worked hard and bought in to the team,” Natomas head coach Brian Hamilton said. “He is very vocal and leads by example.”

Senior Sakara Brewer, sophomore Kyliyah Daniel and freshman Shymir Mitschan-Baldwin were all honored for the Tigers who finished second in the TCC and advanced to the first round of the section playoffs.

Mitschan-Baldwin is the first freshman to be named to the all-TCC team for Inderkum since Riana Byrd in 2008-09.

Brewer led the league in scoring with 15.2 a game. Daniel averaged 8.2 points per game and was second in the TCC with 8.4 rebounds. Mitschan-Baldwin averged 5.9 points and a league high 4.0 assists a game.

In a season for Natomas High girls basketball which saw the program combine the junior varsity and varsity teams because dwindling number of players, senior Sierra Maun and sophomore Halle Hamre were named to the all-league team after the Nighthawks advanced to the section playoffs.

Maun averaged 7.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Hamre was second in the league with 12.3 points.

Natomas High head coach Stuart Welch said Hamre is “developing into a solid player and her selection as all-league is her ‘coming out’ party” and Maun was “the backbone of our defense and the strength of our team.”

Sepeda, the lone local wrestler heading to Bakersfield this week for the state championship, won his second Master’s title last weekend in Stockton.

Three other Nighthawks wrestlers made all –league. Both Rafael Pantoja (160 pounds) and Joey Ames (285) advanced to the second day at Master’s but fell short of state qualification. Alex Gonzalez won the league title at 145 pounds. All three seniors won the league title at the TCC meet at Natomas High last month.

Junior Ruben Escalante for Inderkumwas a league champion at 120 pounds and advanced to the second day of Master’s but forfeited to undisclosed reasons.

Jamie Villar, a senior, was a league champion at 138 pounds for the Tiger.


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