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Goslinga, Ratto share TVL honor
Ripons Contente named girls Coach of the Year
Ripon Christian standout Tyler Goslinga, left, and Ripon guard Matt Ratto were named the Trans Valley League’s co-Outstanding Players of the Year. - photo by Bulletin file photo



• MVP: Isaiah Burse, Modesto Christian.
• Most Outstanding Players: Tyler Goslinga, Ripon Christian; Matt Ratto, Ripon.
• First team: Vince Aufdermaur, Escalon; Tyler Schuurman, Escalon; Brandon Shaw, Escalon; Chris Pimentel, Hughson; Brandon Baker, Modesto Christian; Anthony Pratt, Modesto Christian; Ryan Riner, Modesto Christian; Aldon Wampler, Modesto Christian; Daniel Van de Pol, Ripon Christian; Logan Vos, Ripon Christian; Caleb Christian, Ripon; Zack Gonzales, Riverbank.
• Honorable mention: Gino Franceschetti, Escalon; Dylan Terry, Hughson; Jimmy Escuerdo, Modesto Christian; Derek Evans, Modesto Christian; Steve Vander Molen, Ripon Christian; Kody Wengel, Ripon; Alex Reynaga, Riverbank.


• Coach of the Year: George Contente, Ripon.
• MVP: Brandi Henton, Modesto Christian.
• First team: Taryn Garza, Modesto Christian; Danielle Thompson, Modesto Christian; Lauren Feddersen, Ripon; Madeyln Birchall, Hughson; Kelsey Tillema, Ripon Christian; Kendra Contente, Ripon; Addie Garza, Hughson; Mikaela Alger, Ripon Christian; Alexus Tillman, Modesto Christian; Rachel Rodriguez, Ripon.
• Honorable mention: Shayleen Archer, Escalon; Valerie Moore, Modesto Christian; Sereena Hertel, Ripon; Amanda Boersma, Ripon Christian; Kaitlynn Deabenderfer, Riverbank; Annie Gallegos, Escalon.

In-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian’s boys and girls basketball teams were awarded for successful seasons during the year-end coaches meetings.

Ripon Christian 6-foot-8 center Tyler Goslinga earned Outstanding Player of the Year recognition and shares the honor with Ripon guard Matt Ratto.

Ripon girls head coach George Contente was named Coach of the Year after leading the Indians (8-2 league, 16-11 overall) to a second-place finish in a league thoroughly dominated by powerhouse Modesto Christian, which is looking to make its second straight appearance in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships finals.

Ripon Christian’s boys (6-4, 22-8) benefitted from Goslinga’s gargantuan presence alone, even when he had off nights. He averaged 20.4 points, 11 rebounds and 1.6 blocks this season and led the Knights to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game and a first-round appearance in NorCals.

Ratto, a four-year varsity starter, left his mark in Ripon High history. He surpassed 2006 graduate Nathan Clark on the all-time scoring list with 1,412 points and trails only Kye Stevens (1986).

Ratto poured in 18.4 points per game, but more impressive was his free-throw percentage of 87 percent (129 for 148). The Indians (5-5, 13-15) qualified for the SJS Division IV playoffs but was eliminated in the first round by top-seeded Colfax.

Joining Goslinga and Ratto on the all-league first team are Ripon Christian’s Daniel Van de Pol (11.3 ppg) and Logan Vos (13.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Ripon guard Caleb Christian (6.3 ppg).
Modesto Christian guard Isaiah Burse was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player after earning the same honor in football this past fall while leading the Crusaders to the CIF State Bowl small-schools championship.
Modesto Christian girls basketball standout Brandi Henton (20.8 ppg) was named league MVP first the third consecutive season.

Centers Lauren Feddersen and Kelsey Tillema lead five area players on the first team. The 6-foot Feddersen averaged 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds for Ripon, while Tillema recorded 13.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while leading the Knights (4-6, 12-16) to the section Division V semifinals and a NorCal berth.

Also on the first team are Ripon’s Kendra Contente (9.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 spg) and Rachel Rodriguez (5.2 ppg, 6 rpg), and RC sophomore forward Mikaela Alger (7.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg).