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“A” Game In The Spotlight: RHS Grad Nathan Alanis
View From The Sidelines
Running back Nathan Alanis fights his way through a pair of Crusader defenders in second quarter action of the first Trans-Valley League varsity football game of the season. The Bruins played on the road, at Modesto Christian High School, on Friday, Sept. 20. Photo By Ric McGinnis

In our ninth edition of Senior Spotlight, the News features RHS 2020 grad Nathan Alanis.


Bruin Football

Last fall, Alanis, as he usually does, donned jersey number 24, and took to the field in a variety of roles, both home and away.

As a member of the Riverbank varsity football squad, he was called upon to alternate at both running back, blocking back and even wide receiver on offense, but he also served as a defensive back on the other side of the ball, making several crucial stops.

And when necessary, he punted the ball on fourth down.


Wrestling Team

Although the Bruin squad wasn’t able to field grapplers in all the necessary weight divisions, Alanis was able to successfully take charge as a heavyweight. They often held three-way meets to be able to fill all the slots necessary.


Spring Sports

Although the COVID situation did in this year’s spring season, in the past Alanis has been active. He has played catcher in baseball, has been a blocker and spiker in boys volleyball and has been successful in throwing the shot put for track and field from time to time.


Active Off Field

Although always active in sports, Alanis also found time to participate in the arts at Riverbank High.

Over the years, he was a percussionist in both the concert and marching bands, at times playing bongos, snare and timpani drums, and slinging on the four-drum tenor harness set for parades. He sometimes was able to pitch in at halftime of football games, as well.

Over the past several years, Alanis has performed in the Black Box Theatre with the Bruin Drama Department. Most recently, he performed the role of the detective in a murder mystery performed as dinner theatre. Before that, he had a major role in a performance of Romeo and Juliet, in the style of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, also at the Black Box.


Next week, we continue with the ‘senior’ spotlight for the newly graduated seniors, taking a look at Bruin Andrew Palomino. 

Bruin wrestler Nathan Alanis competes in a varsity tournament at Beyer High School last winter. It was an elimination match against Linden High School on Dec. 14, 2019. Photo By Ric McGinnis