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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brody Biedermann, Ripon water polo
AOW Brody Biedermann

The junior played a big role in Ripon claiming the platinum division championship in the 37th annual Roddy Svendson Shootout last weekend at Merced College.

Facing powerhouse Ponderosa for the second time in nine days, the Indians won the title game 12-11 on Saturday. Biedermann made an impact in several ways, finishing with four goals, two assists, seven steals and five blocks.

He finished the tournament with 15 goals, five assists, 12 steals and 11 blocks. For the season, he has 44 goals, 27 assists, 30 blocks and 38 steals.

“Brody is definitely one of the anchors of our team on both sides of the pool,” Ripon coach C.J. Britton said. “He is one of the most obsessed athletes I have coached, and that obsession is beginning to show in the way he executes in games.

“He stepped up in a big way in the championship game with his four goals, but probably more importantly, seven steals. I’m excited for what’s still to come for him this year.”

The Indians, now 15-3, also took care of Downey, Bullard of Fresno and Sanger. They previously faced Ponderosa on Sept. 29 during the Granite Bay Round Robin, winning 13-7. Ponderosa is ranked eighth in the Sac-Joaquin Section, according to MaxPreps ratings. Ripon is No. 4.

Ripon travels to Sonora for a Valley Oak League game on Thursday.