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Loya Small School South Optimist All-Star MVP
Posted 4/10/19

The 42nd Annual Optimist High School Basketball All Star Game April 6, 2019 at Sacramento High School was a high scoring affair.  Golden Sierra's Rachel Loya was honored as the south's MVP in a losing effort. Her 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 4 rebounds in 28 minutes of play secured the MVP honor.

Rachel's fan base drew the attention of opposing coach Jeff Wise of Center High School, as he stated to Rachel during introductions, "that's an impressive following you have there." To which Loya replied, "they love me."  And, it's true, she did have quite the fan base in attendance, and they do love her.  Her cousin Lucas Larson said,"she's insane, she's sooo good, and I am really proud of her."  Loya's high school coach and longtime family friend Meghan Wright with tears in her eyes gave Rachel a big hug after the game.  Loya said, "Meghan isn't just a coach, she is family and I love her. She's been a huge part of my career and I will miss her." Loya is off to Sierra College next year to play for the Wolverines.  However, she will always be a Grizzly.  Loya has definitely left her mark on the Golden Sierra hardwood.  She has set the school record in most steals in a game--16, and tied for most points in a game--45. She was also given Co-MVP of the Sierra Foothill League.

Years of playing for AAU Nor-Cal Dynasty under coach Tom Tran (an assistant coach for Sierra College), has honed her skills.  "I can't wait to play for Tom at Sierra.  He has recruited a great AAU team and we will be playing in Oregon, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles this summer, and I am super excited."

Rachel wanted to thank her Mom, Carol Loya for the years of incredible support so that she could play this sport she loves so much.  Without her support, she would not be the player she is today. "Thanks Mom.  What an incredible gift you have given me, and I love you" Loya stated with obvious emotion playing out on her face. 

Rachel has been approached by several schools to play, but has chosen to go to Sierra to get bigger, faster, stronger before transferring to a four year college. Well, Rach Rach, we can't wait to see you on the next phase of your journey.  Good Luck.Loya1

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