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Eighth Grade Girls Claim MVAL Title

An undefeated season for the eighth grade Oakdale Junior High School girls basketball team earned them a championship. The girls went 17-0, and have compiled a 23-1 mark over their last 24 games, dating back to last season.

Coached by Allison Branco, the girls won the Mid Valley Athletic League championship this season.

“The team dynamic of this group is like no other. They support each other, encourage each other and pushed each other to a common goal, and that was a championship. Last year (as seventh graders) the girls lost in the title game and they were determined not to let that happen again,” Branco said.

Coach Branco was assisted by Miranda Lamb.

“I give Coach Lamb a large amount of credit for our success. She added lots of knowledge and helped me to make changes during games that helped us win,” Branco noted.

The starting five for the Rams were Afton Daley, Alicia Candler, Taylor Lamb, Dylan Gonzalez and Amber Robinson. Daley won the team’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, Candler was named Best Offensive Player and Lamb won the Coaches award for her dedication and leadership. Lamb is also credited with the team slogan “It all started with a dream.” Also taking home an award for the Rams was Emma Harper for most improved. Completing the roster for the championship squad were Madison Hoffman, Jessica Jericoff, Harmony Edwards, Macie and Halie Gregory, Elizabeth Padilla, Bailey Sexton, Gema Banuelos and Azsja Mack.