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Perez, Sanchez Take Crowns To Culminate Homecoming
Prior to the crowning, Homecoming Queen candidates, with their escorts, were introduced at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game on Friday. Shown, from left, are: Jasmin Higuera with David Higuera; Cheyenne Stewart with Billy Garcia; Ally Rawe with Travis Rawe; Sandra Ramirez and Efrain Ramirez; and Christina Perez named as the 2017 Homecoming Queen escorted by Juan Perez. Ric McGinnis/The News

A varsity basketball victory set a successful tone for the 2017 Riverbank High School Winter Homecoming, the host Bruins topping Hughson on the hardwood while a pair of seniors received crowns as Homecoming royalty.

Christina Perez was named the Homecoming Queen from among four other candidates, with the girls announced after being escorted to center court at halftime of the varsity game. Meanwhile, taking a break from the court, hoopster Anthony Sanchez earned the title of Homecoming King, topping the other hopefuls.

Typically, the Homecoming Week festivities include a number of lunchtime activities out and around the quad for students to enjoy but the intense rainy weather of last week forced cancellation of those outdoor festivities.

There were still some events to enjoy leading up to the Friday night game, including a fun but competitive Thursday night doge ball competition in the Bruin Gym and then a rambunctious Friday afternoon rally in the Ray Fauria Gym. (See stories, photos on Page A2.)

In the Friday night finale for the Winter Homecoming, all three Bruin boys basketball teams took on visiting Hughson in Trans-Valley League action. The freshmen and varsity earned victories in the court, with the JV team coming up a bit short. Still, two out of three teams winning and new Bruin royalty being announced made for a successful ending for the busy week.