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McCreath honored twice; RC sophomore selected
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Ripon High receiver Jake McCreath celebrates his touchdown catch with no time left in the first half of the Indians nonleague game against Argonaut Sept. 16. - photo by HIME ROMERO

All-Trans-Valley League selections

Coach of the Year: Mark Loureiro, Escalon.
Outstanding Offensive Player: Nathan Sudfeld, Modesto Christian
Outstanding Defensive Player: Tony Vincent, Escalon

Offense: OL — Alan Gonzales, Escalon, Outstanding OL; Austin Almeida, Hilmar; Shane Silveira, Escalon; Connor Jones, Ripon; Chris Bennet, Orestimba. TE — Jake McCreath, Ripon, Outstanding Receiver. WR — Ryan White, Hilmar; Alec Von Alvensleben, Escalon; Damien Bell-White, Modesto Christian. QB — Gino Franceschetti, Escalon; Andrew Olson, Hilmar. RB — Josh Miguel, Escalon, Outstanding Back; Matt Roberson, Escalon; Josh McCreath, Ripon; Garrett Jericoff, Hilmar; Steven Machado, Orestimba. K — Kurtis Bettencourt, Hilmar.

Defense: DL — Shane Silveira, Escalon, Outstanding DL; Anthony Diaz, Hilmar; Tyler Junker, Hilmar; Jake McCreath, Ripon; Manuel Molina, Orestimba. OLB — Tyler Silva, Hilmar; Ian Fitzgerald, Escalon. ILB — Zack Giuliano, Hilmar, Outstanding LB; Matt Roberson, Escalon; T.J. Flores, Ripon. DB — Alex Reynaga, Riverbank, Outstanding DB; Joey Ratto, Escalon, Kyle Silva, Hilmar; Cole Herrin, Ripon.

All-Southern League selections

MVP: Daniel Guizar, Le Grand, 12
Outstanding Lineman: Bryce Williams, Mariposa, 12
Outstanding Back: Alex Bucio, Le Grand, 12
Coach of the Year: Rick Martinez, Le Grand

First team: Le Grand — Zach Moreno, 12; Andrew Hernandez, 12; Leo Marquez, 12; Aaron Salcido, 12; Diego Morales, 12; Julian Nava, 12; Roman Hernandez, 11; Mario Zavala, 12. Mariposa — J.R. Chenot, 12; Liam Fieldsted, 11; Chase Gibson, 11; Wyatt Ellis. Ripon Christian — Danny Vos, 11; Andrew Brown, 10; James Vander Schaaf, 12; Anton den Dulk, 12; Jordan Goslinga, 12. Delhi — Antonio Cervantes, 12. Waterford — Klay Hopper, 12; Branson Angle, 11. Denair — James Behrens, 12. Gustine — Alex Serrano, 11. Turlock Christian — Micah Larsson, 12; Chase Gonzalez, 11.

Honorable mention: Luis Granados, Le Grand, 12; Matt Apodaca, Le Grand, 12; Cody Stitt, Mariposa, 12; Giacob DelGrego, Mariposa, 11; Thomas Van Vliet, Ripon Christian, 12; Tim Ignacio, Ripon Christian, 12; Juan Contreras, Delhi, 12; Aaron Saavedra, 12; Lane Landes, Waterford, 12; Cody Landes, Waterford, 11; Eduardo Zapien, Denair, 12; Everett Wagner, Denair, 11; Josh Flores, Gustine, 11; Jonathan Mello, Gustine, 12; Martin Moreda, Turlock Christian, 12; Chris DeHart, Turlock Christian, 12.

Ripon High’s Jake McCreath was recognized with a major award while selected to both the first-team offense and defense by the Trans-Valley League.

In the Southern League, Andrew Brown of Ripon Christian is the lone sophomore to be honored.

It wasa  banner year for the rival schools competing in different leagues, and the all-league votes reflected that.

McCreath, a 6-foot-4 senior tight end, was named Outstanding Receiver of the TVL as well as a first-team defensive lineman. His brother, junior Josh McCreath, made the first-team offense as a running back. Fellow Indians joining them were offensive lineman Connor Jones, linebacker T.J. Flores and cornerback Cole Herrin.

Ripon placed third in the tough TVL with a 4-2 record. It finished 8-3 overall after getting upset by Livingston in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, 12-10, but 2011 was by far the team’s best in over a decade.

League champion Escalon (6-0, 13-1) and runner-up Hilmar (5-1, 12-2) tangled for a second time this year in the SJS Division-IV finals, with Hilmar prevailing 20-17.

Most of the TVL’s top honors went to the small-school powers.

Escalon’s Mark Loureiro is Coach of the Year, and Tony Vincent earned Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. Modesto Christian quarterback Nathan Sudfeld, bound for the University of Arizona, was voted Outstanding Offensive Player.

Escalon star RB Josh Miguel (Outstanding Back), fellow Cougars Alan Gonzalez (Outstanding OL) and Shane Silveira (Outstanding DL), Zack Giuliano (Outstanding LB) of Hilmar and Alex Reynaga (Outstanding DB) of Riverbank) also captured major awards.

Brown is one of five Ripon Christian players selected to the all-SL team. Joining the school’s single-season record holder in rushing and touchdowns scored were two-way linemen Anton den Dulk and Jordan Goslinga, fullback/middle linebacker James Vander Schaaf and junior QB Danny Vos.

The Knights are fresh off their best finish (5-2, 7-5) in the program’s short eighth-year history. They notched their first postseason win — 60-26 over Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage — and were eliminated in the semifinals by eventual SJS Division-VI champion Bradshaw Christian, 61-40.

Southern League champion Le Grand (12-0), a candidate for the California Interscholastic Federation’s small-school division state Bowl Game, racked up three of the four major awards. Running back/linebacker Daniel Guizar is MVP, prolific passer Alex Bucio is the Oustanding Back and Rick Martinez is Coach of the Year. Mariposa’s Bryce Williams earned Outstanding Lineman honors.