Three Manteca-area standouts have been named to the 41st annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Teams.
Making the cut for a second straight year is Gavin Wilburn of California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Division II champion Weston Ranch. Joining the two-time Manteca Bulletin All-Area Boys MVP is reigning All-Area Girls MVP Reina Sausedo from Ripon and NorCal Division VI boys titlist Braden Van Groningen.
Cal-Hi Sports features varying all-state honors, from all-underclassmen, to all-state by division and an overall “best of the best” list highlighting its top 30 players for each gender. The highest distinction went to Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year Brandon Boston Jr. (Sierra Canyon) and Ms. Basketball Te'hina Paopao (La Jolla Country Day).
Weston Ranch's Wilburn is on the All-State Division II first team after leading the Cougars (24-12) to their first-ever NorCal crown. He averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks. The 6-foot-4 senior guard is regarded as one of the top unsigned talents in NorCal. Last year, he was named to Cal-Hi Sports' Open/Division I second team.
Weston Ranch finished this past season at No. 6 in Cal-Hi Sports' Division II rankings. The Cougars were set to face top-ranked St. Francis of La Canada in the state championship before it was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Van Groningen was wedged into the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Division V team despite Ripon Christian (26-7) competing in Division VI for the postseason.
The 6-4, 220-pound forward was a force in the paint for the the Trans-Valley League co-champion Knights. Van Groningen was voted All-TVL Co-MVP, averaging 15.6 points and 11.1 rebounds. He scored a season-high 28 points and 12 rebounds in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship win over Stockton Christian, then exploded for 26 points and 19 boards in the NorCal final at Weed. It's the fourth NorCal title for RC.
Sausedo made All-State Division IV, capping off a decorated career at Ripon (20-9). She was crowned All-TVL MVP for the second time, spearheading the Indians to a share of the league title while averaging 16.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.2 steals, 3.2 assists and 1.1 blocks.
Ripon's dynamic point guard sat out a month after breaking a bone in her shooting hand but still goes out as the leading scorer in program history with 1,700 points. In her first game back, she mainly shot left-handed as Ripon knocked off then-reigning champion Livingston 58-55 in the league opener. Sausedo scored 25 points.