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Vos is boss of Southern League
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Ripon Christian returned to the Southern League this year, and the boys basketball program picked up where it left off nearly 30 years ago.

Once the ruler of the Southern League, RC emphatically reclaimed the throne with a 14-0 finish. And to the victor went the spoils.

Most Valuable Player honors went to senior Logan Vos, who will lead the Knights’ second straight appearance in NorCals Tuesday.

Ripon Christian (24-6) had a 19-game winning streak halted by Vacaville Christian in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs last Tuesday. Vacaville, the No. 4 seed, captured its first pennant Friday at Power Balance Pavillion.

Vos is averaging 18.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the year, and the 6-foot-4 forward’s best effort in league came on the night that RC clinched a share of the title. He burned Denair for a career-high 36 points, including eight 3-pointers, in a 74-73 victory.

Ron Vander Molen was voted Coach of the Year. He was the Knights’ coach during their last championship run in 2001, when they were in the Trans-Valley League.

Ripon Christian had no first-team selections. Senior guard Isaac Norman and sophomore point guard Dan Vos, Logan’s brother, are second-team members. Jared Goslinga and Dylan Van Vliet made honorable mention.

Ripon Christian’s girls team (12-2, 20-7) was also ousted by Vacaville Christian, but the Knights, the SL’s runner-up to section finalist Turlock Christian, also had themselves a season to be proud of. With only three seniors leaving and players from a championship sophomore squad coming in there is much to look forward to.

Chief among those returners next year is 5-11 junior forward Mikaela Alger, a double-double machine and all-Southern League first-team honoree. Janelle Engel, one of those graduating seniors, and sophomore Kaylie Colyn earned honorable mention.