The Pleasant Valley girls and boys basketball teams won the Northern Section title for a third straight season, with the PV boys winning their fifth straight.
However the Chico High boys and girls teams were equally competitive, making for an exciting cross-town rivalry for the NSCIF title in boys and girls basketball at Butte College.
After winning a D-III state title in 2022, the PV boys basketball team was bumped to D-II in 2023 and lost in the second round. Meanwhile Chico High competed in D-IV in the CIF state tournament and made it to the NorCal Final before losing to Half Moon Bay.
The PV girls team made it to the NorCal Finals as well, but an ankle injury to EAL MVP and point guard AJ Gambol in the first half hindered the Vikings against Central. Central went on to win the D-II state championship behind center Talia Maxwell, who had 37 points and 16 rebounds against PV. Maxwell had 24 points and a state-championship record 24 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ state championship win.
In the Butte View League, Orland and Gridley’s success made for a competitive league, led by co-MVPs Zach Story and Aaron Kullar. Both are juniors and will look to lead their respective teams once again in 2024.
With that said it is time to recognize the success in boys and girls basketball this season, as all-league selections have been released. Here are the area selections provided by the leagues and voted on by the coaches, with MVPs shown when selected.
Stay tuned for a follow up story on all-league soccer selections.
Eastern Athletic League: Luke Kremer, Pleasant Valley, Sr.; Cameron Bussey, Pleasant Valley, Jr.; Jacob Martin, Pleasant Valley, Jr.; Rashad Samuels, Chico, Sr.; Odin Nielsen, Chico, Sr.; Kyler Contreras, Red Bluff, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Aiden Pearsall Morgan, Pleasant Valley, Sr.; Phil Bernardez, Chico, Sr.; Braden Robinson, Red Bluff, Sr.
MVP: Luke Kremer, Pleasant Valley.
Butte View League: Zach Story, Orland, Jr.; Jordan Lister, Orland, Jr.; Aaron Kullar, Gridley, Jr.; Benson Tolman, Gridley, Sr.; Bikram Kullar, Gridley, Fr.; Martin Soria, Las Plumas, Jr.; Casmir Jones, Las Plumas, So.; Roman Bennett, Corning, Jr.; Devin Thomas, Oroville, Sr.
Co-MVP: Zach Story, Orland; Aaron Kullar, Gridley.
Sacramento Valley League: Ryan Doyle, Durham, Sr.; Jake Ilukowicz, Durham, Sr.; Derek Mattern, Durham, Jr.; Adrian Figueroa, Willows; Tristan Bobadilla, Willows; Jeremiah Gail, Paradise, So.
MVP: Landon Humphrey, Colusa, Jr.
Mid-Valley League: Mason Derrick, Hamilton, Sr.; Josh Strong, Hamilton, Sr.; Kaden Pinnell, Los Molinos, Jr.; Emilio Vera, Biggs, Jr.; Ben Navarro, CORE Butte, Sr.
MVP: Brian Rosales, Williams, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Ken Noble, CORE Butte.
Pioneer League: Jayden Stabel, Paradise Adventist; Jaden Eyer, Paradise Adventist; Junior Andrade, Princeton; Alex Medina, Princeton.
Honorable Mention: Tito Reynoso, Princeton; Corwyn Roberson, Princeton; Jenner Stabel, Paradise Adventist.
MVP: Braden Armstrong, Loyalton.
Northern Athletic League MVP: Khamron Price, University Prep.
Shasta Cascade League MVP: DJ Horton, Weed.
Five-Star League MVP: Iynell Thomas, Quincy.
Evergreen League MVP: Michael Kellar, Dunsmuir.
Eastern Athletic League: AJ Gambol, Pleasant Valley, So.; Maddux Wilson, Pleasant Valley, So.; Ava Dunn, Pleasant Valley, So.; Campbell Vieg, Chico, Sr.; Taylee Clements, Chico, Jr.; Cidney Matatule, Red Bluff, So.
MVP: AJ Gambol, Pleasant Valley.
Butte View League: Tatum Allen, Orland, Sr.; Genevive Velasquez, Orland, Sr.; Zada Varner, Orland, Sr.; Brook Marr, Gridley, So.; Ella Sannar, Gridley, Sr.; Faith Huffstetler, Las Pumas, Sr.; Grace Benedict, Las Plumas, Sr.; Leila Jackson, Oroville, Jr.; Lilia Rodriguez, Corning, Jr.
MVP: Tatum Allen, Orland.
Sacramento Valley League: Taylor Turner, Durham, Sr.; Kayleigh Solano, Durham, Fr.; Karla DiMaggio, Willows, So.
MVP: Jocelyn Medina, Pierce.
Mid-Valley League: Shontaisa Chand, Biggs, Sr.; Addie Scott, Biggs, Jr.; Kloe Seipert, Biggs, Jr.; Brianna Rodriguez, Biggs, Sr.; Hanne Porter, Hamilton, Jr.; Sheri Enneking, Hamilton, Jr.; Paisley Heitman, Los Molinos, Sr.; Emma Martinez, Los Molinos, Sr.; Alyssa Walton, CORE Butte, Jr.
MVP: Shontaisa Chand, Biggs.
Coach of the Year: Tim Sheridan, Biggs.
Pioneer League: Sophia Deniz, Princeton, Sr.
MVP: Alena Johnson, Loyalton.
Northern Athletic League MVP: Shade Satica, Lassen.
Shasta Cascade League MVP: Sydney Cassidy, Fall River.
Five-Star League MVP: Brooklyn Beasley, Redding Christian.
Evergreen League MVP: Kylee Truax, Butte Valley.
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