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Bolanos, Cruz Are TVL Scholar Athletes
Bolanos Soccer
Damian Bolanos is shown in Bruins boys varsity soccer action from the 2021-22 season. He has been named a Senior Scholar/Athlete of the Year by Trans-Valley League coaches. He also played tennis and ran cross country, while maintaining a high GPA. - photo by Ric McGinnis

Riverbank High School Athletic Director and Soccer Coach Juan Harvey and Cross Country and Track Coach Monte Wood last week attended the Trans-Valley League luncheon at the Turlock Country Club.

Harvey reported that two RHS players have been named as TVL Scholar/Athletes of the Year.

“This recognition is for one male senior student athlete and one female senior student athlete from each TVL school. Our two athletes were Damian Bolanos and Marissa Cruz,” Harvey said. “After a two-year hiatus of the event, it was great to get back to this event to recognize the senior standouts from each of the TVL schools for their success on the field, courts, and track as well as their success in the classroom.”

The criteria for the award is relatively straightforward:

Awardees must be a senior, hold a minimum GPA of 3.3 for the last three years of high school, including the first semester of senior year, and the scholar/athlete must earn at least one varsity letter during his/her senior year.

Harvey said, “Damian participated in cross country, soccer and tennis for four school years. He was a pillar for the boys soccer team helping lead them to a section championship appearance, while also maintaining a high GPA on campus.”

Also active was Cruz, a Lady Bruin competing with distinction.

“Marissa participated in cross country, soccer and track for four school years. She helped lead the girls soccer team to the playoffs for the first time in school history this year, while holding one of the highest GPAs in the senior class,” said Harvey.

Both student/athletes were joined by their parents, as well as their coaches, Coach Harvey and Coach Wood, to receive the awards.

Cruz Soccer
Lady Bruin Marissa Cruz plays in a soccer match during the recent 2021-22 season. She was named by TVL coaches as a Senior Scholar/Athlete of the Year. She played soccer all four years of high school, and also ran cross country and track for RHS, while also maintaining a high grade point average. - photo by Ric McGinnis