Hughson Spring Sports 2022

Hughson spring sports shine with success on track, baseball diamond and tennis court
Posted on 05/09/2022
Joe Lighthall

It’s an exciting time to be an athlete at Hughson High School, which is enjoying success in multiple sports as individuals and teams qualify for the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in various sports. Here is a quick recap of what’s happening.


Track & Field


Hughson’s Joe Lighthall and Logann Meyer were two of the individual standouts Thursday at the Trans-Valley League meet at Riverbank High School.


Lighthall won the 400 meters in 50.83 seconds and the 800 in 2:00.96, anchored the 4x400 relay team to a second-place finish and was third in high jump with personal record of 5 feet, 8 inches.


Meyer won the girls 100-meter hurdles in personal record 15.88 seconds and the long jump at 15-11½. She also was on the 4x100 relay team that finished second.


Other top performers for Hughson were Larkin Meyer, who finished second in the boys 100 high hurdles and the long jump and was third in 300 intermediate hurdles; Dysen House, who was third in the long jump with personal record of 19-11; Jesus Ochoa, who was third in the 1,600; Emily Yarbrough, who tied for the top high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches; and Liliana Silva, who was third in the pole vault.


The boys team finished tied for the TVL title with Ripon while the girls placed third.


The top three finishers in each event move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and V meet May 11 and 13 at Weston Ranch High in Stockton.




Sophomore Paul Wagner went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs Friday as Hughson defeated Livingston 16-9 on to earn a piece of a three-way tie for the Trans-Valley League championship. The Huskies (19-8 overall) finished 9-3 in league play, the same record as Livingston and Hilmar.


The victory clinched a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for Hughson, which is seeded sixth. That means the Huskies will open the tournament on the road Wednesday against No. 3 Colfax (18-10), which was third this year in the Pioneer Valley League.


The Huskies’ offense has been led by senior Ethan Jones, who is hitting .419 with two home runs. Wagner is second with a .369 average, leads the club with 35 runs scored and is second with 24 runs batted in. Junior Gavin Stone is first in hits (32) and RBI (26).



Co-Ed Tennis


Hughson captured the Trans-Valley League title for the first time in 40 years this season.


“It’s been a special year,” said coach Danny Ryting. “A lot of things fell into place.”


Hailey Van Vooren was named the MVP in the TVL after winning the league tournament and earning the No. 1 seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament. Among the boys, Abram Green was the league runner-up and will be the No. 2 seed in the Section tournament.


In No. 2 doubles, Daniel Rivera and Francesco Bernini were the league champions, while Seth Harcrow and Brandon Lundell were second in No. 1 doubles and Leah Clark and Joseph Avila were second in mixed doubles.


Joining Van Vooren on the girls all-league team were teammates Susanna Flora, Holland McGuire and Devrie Barstow. The boys all-league team included Hughson’s Isaiah Ramme in addition to Green, Harcrow, Lundell and Rivera.


The Huskies are seeded No. 3 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I co-ed playoff bracket, which earned them a first-round bye last week. Today, they host No. 6 Sonora. Matches consist of two boys singles, two girls singles, two boys doubles, two girls doubles and one mixed doubles event.


A win today would push Hughson into the Section semifinals on Wednesday against the winner of the match between No. 2 Orestimba and No. 7 El Dorado. The championship match is set for Friday.

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