Ripon center Vincent Olmo averaged nearly 17 points and 12 rebounds en route to the Trans-Valley League's MVP honors.

Plenty of explosive scorers on All-Region small-school boys basketball team.

James Burns

Small Schools

EDITOR’S NOTE: Comprised of players from the Central California Athletic Association, Mother Lode League, Southern League and Trans-Valley League.

First Team

Sonora junior Austin Patterson led the Wildcats to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title.

Austin Patterson, junior, Sonora: Patterson was one of the most explosive scorers in the Sac-Joaquin Section, regardless of division. The Mother Lode’s Most Outstanding Player is responsible for one of the season's most indelible moments — a contested 3 in the final moments of the Division IV section final. "I knew it was cash," Patterson would later say.

Vincent Olmo, senior, Ripon: The biggest man in the southern half of the Sac-Joaquin Section ranked among its leaders in double-doubles. He shared the area lead with 17 double-doubles, averaging 16.9 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

Cade Alger, senior, Ripon Christian: Alger averaged 18 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Knights, who advanced to the CIF State Northern California playoffs for the second straight season. Alger shared the area lead for double-doubles with across-the-street rival Olmo with 17.

Michael Vivo, senior, Waterford: An All-Region football player in the fall, Vivo led the Sac-Joaquin Section in scoring at 29 points per game. He closed the regular season with seven straight 30-point games, including a season-high 49 in an overtime win over Gustine.

Mariposa senior Devon Acker-James set multiple school scoring recods during the 2018-19 season. (Matt Johnson/Mariposa Gazette)

Devon Acker-James, senior, Mariposa: Acker-James enjoyed a historic season for the Southern League champions. He set a single-season record for points scored with 809 and scoring average (27.9) en route to the league’s MVP award.

Honorable Mention

Troy Brogan, junior, Ripon

Baz Cheema, senior, Ripon

Ricardo Ramirez, senior, Waterford

Will Gilbert, sophomore, Ripon Christian

Midas Calindas, senior, Sonora

Gilberto Jimenez, senior, Riverbank

Robert Cunha, senior, Riverbank

Steffin Winston, senior, Denair

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