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Immanuel High's Jordan Rodriguez dribbled past the defensive pressure of Ribet Academy's Snookey Wigington during the Division 4 state finals on March 9 in Sacramento. The senior guard has been selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Central Sequoia League in 2018-19.



Immanuel High's division 4 state runners-up were prominent on the all-Central Sequoia League basketball award winners that were announced after the season ended.

Senior guard Jordan Rodriguez was voted as league MVP while Chris Woods was selected as Coach of the Year in voting by league coaches. Rodriguez was a three-year varsity veteran and averaged 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Eagles (26-9), who finished 10-2 in league after winning their first 10 to clinch the league crown.

Rodriguez's senior year included a number of clutch three-point baskets as the team rolled to a sixth consecutive Central Section title. One of his highlights during league play was a coast-to-coast driving layup to beat the buzzer in a one-point road victory at Kingsburg High. 

Second-year head coach Woods guided Immanuel to its greatest postseason heights this season, after leading the team to a 22-10 record and berth in the Division 3 Southern Regionals in 2017-18. This year —playing for the first time in the Northern Regional bracket — the Eagles won four consecutive home games to advance to the state final in Sacramento before losing, 60-49, to Ribet Academy.

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