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TVL champion Knights nab top honors
All-TVL basketball
Ripon Christian point guard Eli Terpsma rises above Ripon’s Nolan Young for a short-range jump shot on Feb. 9. GARY JENSEN/

Ripon Christian’s boys basketball team swept the top honors for the All-Trans-Valley League team.

The outright champion Knights (11-1, 21-9 overall) have four all-league selections, including MVP Eli Terpsma and Most Outstanding Player Griffin de Abreu. Mark Hofman was named Coach of the Year.

Runner-up Ripon (10-2, 16-14), which was responsible for RC’s lone loss in league play, has three all-league players. One girls player from each school made all-league.

All-TVL basketball
Ripon Christian’s Maddie Yonker defends the shot of Kaylee Hutchinson in a Trans-Valley League game at Ripon on Feb. 8. GARY JENSEN/

“I’m actually pleasantly surprised,” Hofman said of his team landing the major awards, “but both deserve those awards. Both had great league seasons.”

And both are juniors. As are fellow All-TVL picks Justin Hofman and Thys Van der Hoek.

Terpsma is a third-year varsity player and the linchpin to Ripon Christian’s attack with his abilities to run the fastbreak, hit open jumpers and finish at the rim. He averaged 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in league play while making 84.8 % of his free throws.

“Eli is a very dynamic offensive player,” Coach Hofman said. “Other teams’ scouting reports have him at the top of the list. He can score in a variety of ways.”

The 6-foot-5 de Abreu gave Ripon Christian additional length from the wings and incredible efficiency as a scorer. He averaged 15.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in league while making 54.1% of his field goals and 40% of 3-pointers. De Abreu knocked down eight 3s during his 30-point, 14-rebound outburst in the Knights’ title-clinching win at Riverbank.

At 6-8, 240 pounds, Van der Hoek was one of the league’s most imposing players. He contributed 8.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per league game with a 63.8 field goal percentage. Justin Hofman added 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 steals and was tasked with guarding the opposition’s best perimeter players.

Junior forward Trey Fasani and junior guard Derek Van Elderen made honorable mention.

Ripon’s all-senior frontcourt trio of Bronson Burrow, Logan Gillespie and Nolan Young are on the all-league team.

Gillespie was the Indians’ top 3-point shooter with 35 made from beyond the arc. He averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals overall.

The 6-7 Burrow and 6-5 Young were late arrivals from the football season. Burrow posted 13.3 points, and 7.3 rebounds, while Young added 11.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Senior guard Anthony Saucedo and sophomores Landon Gillespie and Ty Herrin earned honorable mention.

Ripon senior Kaylee Hutchinson and Ripon Christian sophomore Maddie Yonker are on the All-TVL girls team.

Hutchinson helped the Indians (8-4, 17-10) finish in a three-way tie for second place behind Escalon (10-2, 20-5-1).

A 5-9 point forward, Hutchinson did it all for Ripon, averaging 9.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.3 steals in league. She also drew the toughest defensive assignment every game.

The Indians had three players make honorable mention in junior forward Makenzie Loechler, senior center Sierra Hollis and junior center Gabby Delgado. Ripon Christian senior guard Kristen Van Elderen also received honorable mention.

Escalon’s Macie Vickers is MVP, while Joe Dalpogetti earned Coach of the Year. Riverbank junior Livi Fernandez was voted Most Outstanding Player.