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Three area student-athletes garner SJS scholarships
Ilardi, Snaer among top winners with $1k award
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Gabriella Ilardi, Taylor Snaer, and Eli Terpsma were among those honored Tuesday by the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

They were among the A. Dale Lacky Student Award winners at the morning event held at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.

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Gabbi Ilardi
Each league sent one male and one female to be honored, with the scholarship committee selecting four male and four female student-athletes from that group – included were Ilardi and Snaer – being recipients of the $1,000 scholarships.

The remaining nominees were awarded $500 scholarships.

Galt’s Brooklynn Beck and Maryville’s Kayden Ellyson were the Clarke Cooper Award winners as the top two honorees. Both received $1,500 each in scholarships.

Ilardi of Ripon High, Snaer of East Union High, and Terpsma of Ripon Christian High are all standout multi-sport athletes. They also exceled in classroom, maintaining above 4.0 GPAs.

The award recognizes the top male and female

AOW Taylor Snaer
Taylor Snaer
student-athletes in each section, and is named after former Section and CIF President A. Dale Lacky.

Ilardi was a three-time Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 champion in golf for the Indians.

She played golf all four years at Ripon High, earning Trans-Valley League most valuable player three times during that span. Ilardi also played soccer for three seasons, and was twice named team captain, earning league defensive MVP once. She has a 4.17 GPA and will be attending Eastern Washington University in the fall to play golf and major in Business Administration.

Snaer excelled in basketball and track and field for the Lancers. She also ran cross country for three seasons.

AOW Eli Terpsma
Eli Terpsma
A two-time Valley Oak League MVP and three-time team MVP, Snaer played basketball for the Lancers under coach Jim Agostini during all four years.

What’s more, she set three school records in track and field and was named all-league four times. Snaer has a 4.1 GPA and is undecided on her college plans. She plans to major in Kinesiology and continue running track and playing basketball.

Terpsma played basketball and baseball for four years and football for three years for the RC Knights.

He was a two-time TVL MVP in basketball, and made all-league – one year each – in both baseball and football.

Terpsma has a 4.08 GPA and will attend The Masters University to continue playing basketball. He’ll major in Kinesiology with his future goal of becoming a physical therapist.

Each of the 45 student athletes were honored by the Sac-Joaquin Section for outstanding athletic achievement, community service, and academic success.