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GV tourney starts today

Chris Tufts likes what he sees offensively.

The first-year Golden Valley coach just wants to see the ball go in the basket.

"In all our scrimmage games, we've been able to do whatever we want offensively," Tufts said. "We just haven't finished.

"We just need to finish down low and we'll gain some confidence. When that happens, we'll be tough to beat."

Tufts' girls will get an opportunity to improve tonight as Golden Valley hosts the Cougar Classic.

GV will play the 8 p.m. game against Hoover.

The tournament gets underway at 3:30 p.m. with Pitman facing Patterson.

Enochs faces Dublin at 5 p.m. The third game features Beyer against Fresno Central at 6:30 p.m.

Hitting the road

On the boys side, Golden Valley, Los Banos and Buhach Colony will all participate in the Modesto City Tournament.

Golden Valley and Los Banos will play three games in the the next three days at Grace Davis.

Golden Valley plays Enochs at 6:30 p.m. Los Banos follows with a game against Grace Davis at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, Buhach Colony will play three games at Beyer.

BC (0-1) opens the tournament against Beyer at 6:30 p.m.

Oh, so Goodin

Stone Ridge Christian's Allison Goodin was named to the Mountain Valley League MVP after leading her team to a perfect run through the league.

Stone Ridge's Ken Shaw was also named coach of the year.

Goodin's teammates Patricia Flanagan and Diana Vandenakker earned all-league honors.

SRC's Iyesha McNab and Kristen Bryant received honorable mention.

Queen of clubs

Golden Valley golfer Belen Hernandez was named the Central California Conference co-MVP along with Turlock's Spencer Heller.

Lauren Elliott (Merced), Tori Johnson (GV) earned first-team honors. Denise Gilmore (Atwater) and Briana Verderber (Buhach Colony) were named to the second team.

Merced tickets on sale

Tickets for Friday's playoff football game between Merced and St. Mary's ar e on sale at the Merced High Student Body Office.

Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

The gates will open at 6 p.m on Friday.