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Homecoming Week Concludes With Queen, King Crowning
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Homecoming Week concluded at Riverbank High with the big football game, where the Homecoming Queen and King were crowned at halftime on Friday, Sept. 22. Crowned as 2023 Homecoming Queen was Yadira Torres, while Eric Verduzco was honored as Homecoming King. Ric McGinnis/The News

It was a very spirited week, with Homecoming festivities staged at Riverbank High School every day last week, leading up to its dramatic football conclusion on Friday, Sept. 22. The events also included the popular Powder Puff game on Thursday and, at halftime of the Friday game, the Homecoming Queen and King were crowned for all to see.

On campus, each day had its own theme, color and lunchtime activity. The various lunch competitions provided an extra dose of spirit for students, and a high point was the victory of the Junior/Sophomore class girls over their Senior/Freshman counterparts at the Powder Puff flag football game on Thursday evening.

While the girls suited up for football at Angelo Novi Field, the boys were also in attendance, providing a little added entertainment as they presented some cheerleading routines.

On Friday, the week culminated with the main events. The big finish started with the annual Homecoming Parade down Santa Fe Street downtown, starting near City Hall and concluding in front of the RUSD District Office at Seventh Street after school on Friday afternoon.

Then it was on to the Homecoming football game, with the Bruins matching up against Burton High School in San Francisco. There was no JV game, so the varsity squad had the spotlight to itself and made the most of it, defeating the visitors to celebrate a Homecoming victory.

And the crowning achievement of that last day of ‘Spirit Week’ included the naming of the Homecoming Queen and King, during halftime of the football game. From the five candidates each, both boys and girls, Yadira Torres was crowned as Queen, with Eric Verduzco taking the headwear as King.

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While girls played the Powder Puff football game on Thursday, Sept. 21, some of the boys served as cheerleaders, including at halftime of the game. There were some in the audience who noted that the boy cheers performed just about as well as their female counterparts. Ric McGinnis/The News