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Rally Sets Stage For Basketball Homecoming Game
Riverbank High teacher Paul Smith runs down the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ during the Homecoming Rally on Friday afternoon, Jan. 25. He was one of several teachers running during a complicated race down aisles in the gym, rescue a colleague, and scoot across the gym. Smith came in first. The rally rounded out the school day on Friday, but preceded, and set the stage for, the basketball Homecoming Game that night, where the Bruins hosted and defeated the Escalon Cougars. - photo by Ric MCGinnis - News Correspondent
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Bruins in the senior class give a yell during competition at the Homecoming Rally at Riverbank High School on Friday, Jan. 25. The spirit event was the culmination of weeklong activities on campus, ending with the varsity boys basketball game that evening, and the coronation of a King and a Queen during halftime ceremonies. - photo by Ric MCGinnis - News Correspondent

A rally at Riverbank High School’s Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium last Friday closed out a Spirit Week of activities ahead of that evening’s Homecoming Game that saw the Bruins host the Cougars of Escalon in a Trans-Valley League contest.

The last period of the day featured the rally and included the King and Queen candidates introduced, a performance by the cheer squad and an obstacle race for selected faculty members.

Candidates included potential Queens Michel Valenzuela, Tasha Woods, Alexa Gutierrez, Maddison Schroeder, and Jasmin Reyes Rocha.

King candidates introduced were Daniel Sarabia, Christian Aguiniga, Izaiah Marquez, and Robert Cunha. Candidate Brenden Hetzler was not present, since he was busy practicing for the Stanislaus County Music Education Association Honor Band concert that was hosted on Saturday evening at Modesto Junior College.

Earlier in the week, the fun started on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with the overall theme of ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ from the Wizard of Oz. Each day had its own, related theme as well. On Tuesday, it was ‘Welcome to the Land of Oz,’ with students asked to dress like a character in the story or wear bright colors. The lunchtime activity was the Limbo.

On Wednesday, it was ‘The Storm is Coming,’ wearing mix or match clothes or gray and purple colors. At lunchtime, it was a Tug of War.

On Thursday, the theme was ‘Which Witch is Which?,’ that included Twin Day (dress like a friend) or wearing black and pink. The noon activity was a Ring Toss.

And for Friday, it was Spirit Day. Students were asked to wear their class colors, with freshmen in white, sophomores in gray, juniors sporting maroon and seniors decked out in black. At noontime, they played musical chairs.

The Homecoming King and Queen – Christian Aguiniga and Alexa Gutierrez – were crowned at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game Friday evening.

Homecoming King and Queen candidates share a brief dance competition during the rally Friday afternoon at Riverbank High School. Here, aspiring queen candidate Tasha Woods, left, hoists partner escort Shaelee Harris, during their turn, to the delight of the student crowd. King candidate Brenden Hetzler would have been Wood’s partner, but he was busy elsewhere, practicing for the Stanislaus Honor Band concert that was held last Saturday. - photo by Ric McGinnis/ The News