For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Ripon Christian High boys soccer team won’t be under the direction of a Terpsma.
Keith Terpsma has stepped down as the head coach after 16 seasons. He succeeded his father, Jerry Terpsma, who started the program in 1973 and guided it for 27 years. Together, the Terpsmas have won 10 league championships and two Sac-Joaquin Section banners at a school renowned for its basketball and volleyball programs.
The younger Terpsma cited a desire to spend more time with his family. His oldest child, Caleb, will be a freshman at the high school in the fall, while his younger son, Eli, is a soon-to-be seventh grader at the middle school. Keith Terpsma will remain the middle-school soccer coach.
“I’ve used many catch-phrases over the years, but my favorite recently has been: ‘Work hard and have fun. In that order,’ ” said Keith, who took over the program in the fall of 2001, weathered the arrival of football in 2004 and won his only section title in 2014.
“This slogan is loosely bases on Colossians 3:23, which says, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men ...’ Over the years, I hope the student-athletes I coached learned that the Lord deserves our full effort – in sport, in life, in service to him.”
Athletic director Kevin Tameling has begun the search for his replacement. If anyone is interested, contact (209) 599-2155, extension 2323.
All-CCAA baseball: Big Valley Christian senior Justin Bond is the Central California Athletic Alliance’s Pitcher of the Year.
Bond enjoyed a career-best season for the Lions, finishing 8-1 with two complete games, 94 strikeouts and a 2.29 ERA.
He was Big Valley’s lone first-team selection.
Venture Academy’s Cologio Adames is the Most Valuable Player, while Millennium’s Nathan Graf is the Batter of the Year. Joe Piombo of Venture Academy is the Coach of the Year.
Liam Jones and Ryan Leonesio of Turlock Christian join Bond on the all-CCAA first team. Other members include: Nick Figueroa and Tyler Schrader of Elliot Christian; Shawn Tinsley and Dylan Enriquez of Venture Academu; and Josiah Johnson of Millennium.
The second team consisted of: Jarred Thompson and Tyler Meyer of Big Valley Christian; Jakob Skinner and Caleb Heppner of Turlock Christian; Tramayne Paster of Stone Ridge Christian; Cody Lavagetto and Ed Perez of Millennium; Ben Rodriguez of Ventuer Academy; and Zach Loftis of Brookside Christian.
All-CCAA golf: Big Valley Christian nearly swept the Central California Athletic Alliance’s postseason awards.
Alec Butler was named the Most Valuable Player, while three of the five first-team slots were filled by teammates Colton Davis, Seth Rose and Jake Dinsmore.
All-CCAA softball: Grace Countryman and Sierra Hamblin of the Big Valley Christian softball team have been named to the all-Central California Athletic Alliance first team.
Stone Ridge Christian had a heavy presence on the all-conference first team with a league-high three picks: Eleanor Nelson, Emma Eastman and Hannah Nelson.
Mila Rodriguez of Millennium is the Most Valuable Player. She was joined by teammates Grace Hosman and Nikki Ruiz on the first team.
Elliot Christian had two selections, Madi Sepp and Tabby Lang.
The second team included: Kristen Dexter and Julia Copeland of Big Valley; Cameron Murphy and Laura Hooker of Stone Ridge; Annabel Sepp and Grace Robles of Elliot Christian; and Sofia Ramirez, Katie Chambers and Sierra Carpenter of Millennium.
All-Valley Oak League volleyball: The Manteca High boys volleyball team won the inaugural Valley Oak League championship in decisive fashion.
The Buffaloes went undefeated and were rewarded with three all-conference first-team selections at the year-end coaches’ meeting.
Manteca’s Kylan Chandler was joined on the first team by Jonathan and Joseph Borres.
Sukh Singh of Kimball was named the Most Valuable Player, while Weston Ranch’s Jarein Falcon was the Most Outstanding Player.
Members of the first team included: Tyler Riggleman and Gabriel Gutierrez of Lathrop; Ryan Nepomuceno, Kenneth Cha and Rence Santos of Weston Ranch; and Noah Pajarillo of Kimball.
The second team consisted of: Abiel Tesfandrias and Cyrus Hunter of Sierra; Zack Carter, Grant Silva and Devin Abrew of East Union; Garrett Pun and Garren Harris II of Kimball; Oswaldo Garcia of Manteca; and Ysrael Gutierrez of Lathrop.
Earning an honorable mention were: Fernando Rodriguez and Jack Weaver of East Union; Richy Boulon and Hunter Hardesty of Kimball; Armando Mendoza of Weston Ranch; Cameron Reis of Manteca; Gian Serrano of Lathrop; and Arshdeep Singh of Sierra.