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Ripon racks up top VOL, SJS awards
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Ripon’s Reyna Biedermann winds up to shoot at the Sonora goal in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Ripon’s boys and girls water polo squads collected the spoils after another success campaign, getting top honors on the All-Valley Oak League and All-Sac-Joaquin Section teams.

Both repeated as league and section champions. The boys got theirs in Division II for the first time and finished 27-5, matching the win total of the 2014 team that went 27-4.  The girls team had its all-time best season record-wise at 21-11.

Freshman Reyna Biedermann highlights the Indians’ awardees, earning MVP honors in the VOL and SJS Division III. She led her team with 108 goals, converting on 60 percent of attempts. She also had a team-high 81 steals to go with 43 assists and 51 blocks.

Junior Tiffani Hunter was named Most Valuable Goalie for the VOL and SJS Division III. She compiled 323 saves, coming up with a whopping 18 of

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Tiffani Hunter blocks a shot for Ripon in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal with Sonora. - photo by SEAN KAHLER
them in the SJS Division III final win over Christian Brothers. Biedermann had five goals and five steals in the 13-3 triumph.

Older brother Brody Biedermann is the unanimous Division II boys MVP and first team All-VOL. McKeane Beier was voted league MVP while earning an all-section first-team spot.

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Hayden Beier of Ripon takes aim at the El Capitan goal in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Beier scored five goals in the Indians’ 14-8 SJS semifinal win over Del Oro, while Biedermann spearheaded their late comeback against top-seeded Rocklin in the final. Biedermann scored four of his five goals in the final period of the thrilling 14-13 victory.

The two combined for the go-ahead score, with Beier coming up with a clutch steal with 1:25 to set up Biedermann’s game-winner.

For the year, Beier totaled 92 goals, 51 assists and 64 steals. Biedermann ended with 86 goals, 57 assists and 68 steals.

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Ripon’s Brody Biedermann launches a shot against El Capitan.
The Biedermann siblings are also on the overall All-SJS first team.

Senior Samantha Scheid (68 goals, 36 assists, 44 steals), Faith Fasani (52 goals, 62 assists, 32 steals) and Crystallyn Tran (23 goals, 52 assists, 45 steals, 19 blocks) all made the All-VOL first team and All-SJS Division III first team. Scheid was also selected for All-Section second-team honors.

Ben Rodgers is the Most Valuable Goalie in the VOL. Owen Curtiss (41 goals, 42 assists, 48 steals), Ben Svoboda (61 goals, 43 assists, 42 steals) and Teo West (39 goals, 49 assists, (33 steals) join Rodgers, Biederman and Beier on the all-league first team.

Svoboda made the All-SJS Division II first team, while Curtiss and West landed spots on the second team.

Sierra’s boys and girls enjoyed their best combined season as a program, and both teams qualified for the postseason.

The Timberwolves’ girls team went 17-7 and made their first playoff appearance. Lauren Ellis, Gianna Ramos and Amy Fadeff are All-VOL first-team selections. Representing the boys (9-9) on the first team are Zach Walmer Collins Schluer and Erfan Ballew. East Union’s all-league players are Ann Story and Alexander Freeman.

Local All-VOL second-team selections: Molly Allen, Stephanie Thomason, Mele Sanchez, Bayan Ballew and Carson Murray from Sierra; Rimi Rumthao and Arjun Patel from East Union; and Madeline Curtiss, Madeline Stewart, Hayley Schmidke, Nate Selna, Matthew Lee, Chetan Harvey and Ryan Bell from Ripon.