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ALL-AREA: Terpsma, Perez, Ferris are Bulletin’s top winter sports male athletes
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Eli Terpsma leads the fastbreak for Ripon Christian during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game against Fortune Early College at Golden 1 Center. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

The Trans-Valley League’s reigning boys basketball MVP was even better for his senior campaign, and Ripon Christian needed every bit of what Eli Terpsma could contribute on its way to a 12th Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard is among the top winter sports athletes of year, as he is joined by East Union’s Giovanni Perez (soccer) and Ripon’s Liam Ferris (wrestling) atop the Manteca Bulletin’s All-Area teams.

Terpsma averaged 19.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists and is the Bulletin’s boys basketball MVP. He shot 50% from the field, 33% on 3-pointers and 77% from the free-throw line.

He improved his game all-around from his junior campaign, needing to take on a larger load with 6-5 forward Griffin de Abreu — the TVL’s Most Outstanding Player from 2021-22 — out for the entire season with ACL tear.

“He became a much more mature player,” Ripon Christian coach Mark Hofman said. “Better decision maker, and I think he was even more of a threat on offense. Teams had to adjust to what he did to try and limit our offense.”

With Terpsma leading the way, the Knights (26-8) charged through the TVL schedule, winning their 12 games by an average margin of 23 points. His numbers were even more impressive in league — 21.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals.

“With his athleticism and his speed, we were able to put opponents on their heels in league,” Hofman said. “he made them uncomfortable with their defensive schemes. They had to prepare differently for Eli.”

Terpsma came up clutch in some of Ripon Christian’s biggest games of the season.

Just a few weeks after helping RC’s football team capture the SJS Division VII crown, Terpsma and the Knights had the opportunity to face off against some of the region’s top squads in Modesto Christian’s always-challenging Holiday Hoop Classic.

In the opener, Ripon Christian edged out eventual Valley Oak League co-champion Manteca 54-52 and was headed by Terpsma’s sparkling 31-point outburst. His 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining gave the Knights the lead for good.

Two months later, Ripon Christian squared off with top-seeded Fortune Early College in the SJS Division V championship game at Golden 1 Center. Terpsma struggled with his shot for much of the game but made them count in crunch time, accounting for the Knights’ final eight points in their 58-54 win. He made 6 of 6 free throws in the final 1:25, finishing with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Terpsma continued his outstanding campaign in the California Interscholastic Federation Division V Northern Regional Championships, scoring 21 and 27 points in blowout wins over Madera South and Kerman of the Central Section.

In the NorCal semifinal at second-seeded University Prep in Redding, Terpsma assisted Jace Beidleman’s go-ahead bucket with 1:59 to go and later scored the final points of the game in the 61-58 barnburner.

It took a great defensive effort from Sierra of Tollhouse to end Ripon Christian’s 18-game winning streak, and the key for the fifth-seeded Chieftans was to limit Terpsma.

Terpsma was held to 10 points while pulling down seven rebounds in a physical battle. The No. 3 Knights were defeated, 47-41.

“During our playoff run, we had quite a few close games and we gave the ball to Eli at the end of those games,” Hofman said. “But you have to give credit to Sierra. All five players knew where he was on the court. He got really crowded by them.”

The sour ending does little to diminish the overall body of work, however. Terpsma was the only freshman to be elevated to the varsity team four years ago when Ripon Christian claimed the NorCal Division VI crown, and Hofman lauds his work ethic since.

“He’s usually in his car waiting for me to unlock the gym for practice, and I have to shoo him out after,” Hofman said. “He works extremely hard.” 



First Team: C Jace Beidleman, Ripon Christian, Jr.; G Ahmad Jacquet, Lathrop, Sr.; G/F Dylan Lee, East Union, Sr.; G Noah Lyons, Manteca, Sr.; G/F Napoleon Reeves, Lathrop, Sr.


Second Team: PG Justin Hofman, Ripon Christian, Sr.; PG Ramesh Kabiri, Manteca, Sr.; F/C Marcus Madoski, Ripon, So.; G Payton Nieman, Manteca, Jr.; G Anthony Sy, East Union, Sr.



MVP: Giovanni Perez, East Union, Jr.

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East Union forward Giovanni Perez goes on the attack against Edgar Martinez of Pioneer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. - photo by SEAN KAHLER
Perez repeats as All-Area MVP after having one of the most prolific individual scoring campaigns for an area boys player in recent memory.

With 44 goals and 16 assists, the junior center forward ranked No. 2 in the SJS and No. 5 in the state with 102 points. He accounted for 23 of East Union’s 53 goals in Valley Oak League play, leading the Lancers (8-2, 22-7-1 overall) to a three-way share of the championship. Perez produced six hat tricks and six braces in all.

He continued his goal-scoring tear in the postseason, lifting the Lancers to the SJS Division III semifinals. Perez had a goal and an assist in their 3-2 thriller against Pioneer in the opener, scoring the go-ahead in the 92nd minute in extra time.

Perez stuck again in the quarterfinals, netting EU’s lone goal in regulation as the Lancers went on to stun No. 3-seeded Vista del Lago in a penalty kick shootout. Their Cinderella run ended in the semifinal, where eventual champion Golden Valley dominated, 6-0.


Attacker of the Year: Erardo Pelayo, East Union, So


Midfielder of the Year: Anthony Sy, East Union, Sr.


Defender of the Year: Javier Galvez, Lathrop, Jr.


Forwards: Angel Guzman, East Union, Jr.; Ociel Mora, Lathrop, Jr.; Jorge Reyes, Sierra, Sr.


Midfielders: Alan Hernandez, Lathrop, Fr.; Diego Lopez, Sierra, Sr.; Emmanuel Ruiz, Sierra, Sr.; Reyli Villalpando, Lathrop, Sr.


Defenders: Luis Bucio, East Union, Sr.; Adam Montero, Sierra, Sr.; Wingsem Zighkhai, Sierra, Jr.


Goalie: Andres Garcia, East Union, Jr.




Wrestler of the Year: Liam Ferris (285), Ripon

The Indians senior was one of just three Manteca-area grapplers left standing on Day 2 of the SJS Masters Tournament.

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Ripon heavyweight Liam Ferris tries to get his arm free from the hold of Armijo’s Kendrick Salcido in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

He lost to eventual fifth-place finisher and state qualifier Kendrick Salcido of Armijo via third-round pinfall, finishing 2-2 for the tournament.

Ferris proved to be one of the top heavyweights in the Section. He started his postseason run by winning the Trans-Valley League Championships with a 2-minute, 51-second pin of Escalon’s Frank Rodriguez.

He then muscled his way to the SJS Division V 285-pound final with four pinfall victories. Jesus Gutierrez of Sutter stopped Ferris late in the first round for the win.


Team: Isaac Alvarez (222), East Union; Derrick Day (128), Manteca; Isaiah Evans (287), Manteca; Amitaj Kandola (197), Sierra; Nick Luna (154), East Union; Aydan Marshall (154), Manteca; Jesse Moe East Union (160); James Morimoto (108), Sierra; Joaquin Rodriguez (220), Ripon; Josiah Sagapolu (184), Manteca; Winston Snyder (172), Manteca; Ryder Vasquez (197), Manteca.