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Ripon Christian center named TVL’s Most Outstanding Player

Ripon Christian junior center Tyler Goslinga earned the respect of Trans Valley League coaches, who voted him Most Outstanding Player.

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POSTED March 5, 2009 4:19 a.m.
Ripon Christian junior Tyler Goslinga left a good enough impression on opposing Trans Valley League coaches that he earned both their respect and one of the conference’s top honors.

Goslinga, a burly 6-foot-7 center, was voted the TVL’s Most Outstanding Player at the year-end coaches meeting.

He led Ripon Christian (6-4, 16-12 overall) to a second-place finish in league and a quarterfinals berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs. Goslinga finished the year with team highs 16.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

“I’m not allowed to vote for my own players, so the other coaches recognized how formidable of a player Tyler was,” Ripon Christian coach Ron Vander Molen said. “I think that’s quite an accomplishment for him.”

Modesto Christian forward Johnny Hutton was selected the league’s Most Valuable Player by his head coach, Gary Porter, who himself earned Coach of the Year recognition after leading the Crusaders to their third straight championship.
Hutton (16.9 ppg) was selected over UCLA-bound Reeves Nelson (26.9 ppg), who missed four league games and was ejected from another in the first quarter.

Ripon (5-5, 14-13) has the most representatives on the all-TVL first team with three — guards Ryan Baker, Matthew Ratto and Efren Sifuentes.

Ratto, a junior and now three-time all-league selection, spearheaded the Indians in scoring with 14.5 ppg while burying 57 of 159 3-point attempts (36 percent). He is within 500 points of breaking the school’s all-time career scoring record.

Sifuentes started the year slow coming off a football-related hamstring injury, finishing with 13 ppg. Fellow senior Baker was the team’s sparkplug at point guard, producing 8.2 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.0 spg.

“All three of them are deserving, that’s for sure,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “But I did not expect to get all three on the first team after finishing 5-5.”

Wright said that 6-4 forward Dane Wells (10.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg) also deserved a spot but was snubbed because of the Indians’ record.

Joining Ripon’s backcourt trio on the first team was 6-5 Ripon Christian senior forward David Vander Schaaf (8.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Ripon Christian guard Daniel Van de Pol earned honorable mention.
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