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Manus repeats as league MVP; 2 RC boys earn All-SL spots

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Manus repeats as league MVP; 2 RC boys earn All-SL spots

Ripon Christian guard Teagan Manus attacks the basket as Turlock Christian’s Victoria Vieira attempts to change the shot. Manus is the Southern League MVP for a second straight year.

JONAMAR JACINTO/Bulletin file photo

POSTED March 18, 2014 1:10 a.m.

RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team defended its title. So did star guard Teagan Manus.

Manus was named Southern League Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year after leading the Knights to an outright league championship in their final spin around the Southern League.

Ripon Christian finished 14-0 in the league play, 22-5 overall and qualified for the CIF Northern California regional tournament. Their talent and accomplishment was rewarded justly by league coaches.

Six players joined Manus on the all-SL honor roll, including first-team selections Carly Tillema and Amber Hilvers. Ellen Blankers and Adrianna Van Groningen were selected to the second team, while Kristin Bowman and Nicole Graham were honorable mentions.

Manus put the full breadth of her game on display, leading the Knights in scoring average (17 points), assists (3.8), steals (4.2) and shooting percentage (53 percent).

The Knights’ next task includes a jump to the Trans-Valley League -- a league dominated by Modesto Christian -- without its five-tool player.

Manus is a senior. So, too, is Hilvers, who averaged 9.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and a team-best 2.3 blocks.

Tillema (5.6 points, 8.8 rebounds), Blankers (7.3 points) and Graham (2.7 points) carry the program into an uncertain future. Tillema and Blankers are both juniors, while Graham is only a sophomore.

Head coach Ed Mulder was named the Southern League’s coach of the year after completing his fourth straight 20-win season. In four seasons, Mulder is 84-26. 



Vander Molen, Broker named to first team

Someday, Travis Vander Molen and Sean Broker could be the answer to the trivia question, “Who were Ripon Christian’s last first-team all-Southern League selections?”

The two were appointed by the league’s coaches after helping the Knights to a 12-2 mark in their final season in the SL. Ripon Christian will return to the Trans-Valley League next year with much of its nucleus in place.

The Knights had just one senior – all-SL honorable mention Eric Broker – and defied their youth all season en route to a 22-6 finish and a second-round appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs. 

Sean Broker paced the Knights with 13.8 points per game. The junior also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

Vander Molen finished on his heels. The sophomore guard averaged 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and a team-best 1.4 steals and 127 3-pointers.

Junior Danny Vander Molen (9.1 points and a team-high 4.8 assists) was named to the second team, while junior Austin Alger (8.8 points) joined the eldest Broker (8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds) as an honorable mention. 

League champion Mariposa swept the top individual awards. Sam Tucker was named SL MVP, while Corey Edmiston was coach of the year.

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