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Ripon tandem makes all-Trans-Valley first team
Manteca native Rattler shares Most Outstanding honor
Modesto Christian guard Tyras Rattler, a Manteca resident, fired 31 points and eight assists in a thrilling 76-73 win over Ripon in a Trans-Valley League game Feb. 10. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

Ripon High’s two best boys basketball players and a Modesto Christian standout who hails from Manteca were among the top honorees in the Trans-Valley League.

Physical 6-foot-4 senior center Jake McCreath and playmaking junior point guard Cole Herrin were voted onto the all-TVL first team. McCreath is averaging 13 points and 12.3 rebounds this season, which is on-going for the NorCal playoff-bound Indians (8-4, 18-14 overall). Herrin averages 13 points and 3.6 assists.

Raymond Bowles, a 6-4 junior guard for six-time defending champion Modesto Christian (12-0, 27-5) is the league’s Most Valuable Player. Sharing Most Outstanding Player honors are sophomores Tyras Rattler of MC and Riverbank’s Rolaun Dunham.

Modesto Christian’s Gary Porter and Riverbank’s Jeff Jennings are co-Coaches of the Year.

Rattler resides in Manteca and played for East Union’s sophomore squad a year ago. He and Herrin each produced memorable single-game performances when their squads met on Feb. 10.

Rattler turned in game-highs of 31 points and eight assists to lead the Crusaders to a 76-73 victory. Herrin, meanwhile, led a comeback charge in which the Indians were down by as much as 20 in the third quarter with 30 points and seven assists.

Two freshmen were named to the all-league first team: Hilmar guard Demsen McFaddin and Modesto Christian center Anthony Townes.

Post players Conner Jones and Greg Taylor earned honorable mention for Ripon.