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Active Schedule For Spring Athletes At Riverbank
Lady Bruin second baseman Desirae Vargas makes contact with a pitch during last Thursday’s varsity girls softball game, against Kimball High School of Tracy. News Photo By Ric McGinnis

Trans-Valley League schedules continued last week, with multiple baseball, softball and volleyball games, as well as tennis, golf and track and field. Here is a look at some of the recent action for the Bruin teams.



Co-ed tracksters traveled to Livingston on Wednesday, March 23. In the boys 100 meter race, Riverbank’s Freddy Anderson posted an 11.78 for second place, while Fabian Garcia came in at 12.1 seconds for third.

In the boys 400m, Nick Mangiapane set a personal record of 57.75 for third place. Alec Zuniga ran a 2:18.57 for second place in the 800m boys race.

Stanley Tran came in second in the boys 110m high hurdles, at 20.75. He posted a 51.98 personal record in the 300m hurdles for second place there, as well.

The boys 4x100 relay was won by Riverbank at 47.22. In the 4x400 relay, Riverbank recorded a 3:50.34 for second place.

In boys field events, Kaydon Brawley threw a 25-ft, 11-in, for fourth in the shot put, while Matt Brians went 26-ft 7-in for fifth. In the discus, Brians went 65-ft, 7-in, for a personal record and a fifth place finish.

In the long jump, Anthony Leon came in first with a 19 foot leap, and Freddy Anderson posted a 17-ft, 1¼-in mark for third place.

In the triple jump, the Bruins nailed three of the top four spots.

Leon set a personal record of 40-ft, 2½-in for first place, while Fabian Garcia also set a PR at 37-ft, 1-in, for second place. Adrian Montoya placed fourth, with a PR of 30-ft, 3¼-inches.


Lady Bruins

In the girls 100m, Alyssa Perez set a PR of 14.97 for fifth place, while Miranda Calderon also marked at PR of 15.09 for sixth place.

In the girls 400m, Riverbank’s Marissa Cruz set a PR at 1:11.32, second place. Senior Cruz also posted 3:07.38 in the 800m for second place.

Riverbank came in at second place in the 4x100 relay, at 59.03. They came in first in the 4x400 relay, at 5:13.63.

In the girls shot put, three Lady Bruins set PRs in the first five places. Analiese Serrato posted a 22-ft, 5-in, for second place, while Chantel Andalon came in at 21-ft, 8½-in for third. Kim Morales threw a 20-ft, 7-in for fifth place.

In discus, Serrato hurled a second place 64-ft, 4½-in personal record, while Andalon threw 31-ft, 10½-in for fifth place.

In girls pole vault, Selene Navarro came in first with a PR of 6-ft, and Kate Tigert, also set a PR of 5-ft, 6-in. Both are sophomores.

In girls long jump, Riverbank came in first and second. Sophomore Alex McIver made 13-ft, 5½-in, while senior Ainsley Wood posted 13-ft, 4-in. Wood also came in second in the triple jump with a 27-ft, 1-in leap.

Riverbank track and field athletes also participated in the Bella Vista Bronco Distance and Pole Vault Carnival in Fair Oaks on Friday, March 25.


Bruin Baseball

The home diamond was busy this week, with varsity games at home on Monday and Wednesday, March 21 and 23.

On Monday, it was Stone Ridge Christian High School from Merced coming to town for a non-league game, the host Riverbank boys sending them home with a 21-5 loss. On Wednesday, Riverbank hosted Hughson, with the Huskies coming out on top, 11-0. On Friday, Riverbank traveled to Hughson, where they fell again, 24-1.

They’re scheduled to play Escalon’s Cougars on the road March 30, then host them on Friday, April 1.


Lady Bruin Softball

Girls softball saw a close one slide by at home on Monday, March 21, losing to Stone Ridge Christian’s Lady Knights, 6-5, in a non-league game. TVL play started on Tuesday last week, on the road at Hilmar, with Riverbank losing to the Lady Yellowjackets, 6-0.

On Thursday, March 24, they played a non-league game at home again, hosting Kimball High School, falling 10-0 to the Lady Jaguars from Tracy.

They have two home games set for this week: hosting Ripon on March 29 after The News went to press, then welcoming Hughson on Thursday, March 31.


Bruin Boys Volleyball

Riverbank netters traveled to Ripon on Monday, March 21, falling 3-0 to the Indians, then hosted Livingston’s Wolves, also falling 3-0.

Home games scheduled this week were to include Gustine on Monday, then Denair on Wednesday.


Girls TVL Hoop Honors

Putting a wrap on the winter sports season, Riverbank High Girls Basketball Coach Janelle Luu last week announced that several of her varsity players had been named to the TVL All-League roster this year. The vote, cast by league coaches after the end of the season, includes junior Livi Fernandez, chosen as Most Outstanding Player. Also on the First Team All-Trans-Valley League list were Lady Bruins Taylor Macias, a freshman, and Chancis Gamez, a sophomore. On the 2021-22 season, Fernandez averaged 19.9 points per game, while Gamez averaged 13.6 points and Macias notched 13.3 ppg. Fernandez scored 518 points last season, while Macias tallied 332 and Gamez totaled 285. Riverbank’s season record was 19-7 overall and they went 8-4 in the TVL, for fourth place.

Bruin volleyballer Jason Chapline leans back to send the ball into the opponents' court with some authority in varsity boys TVL action last week. The Livingston Wolves came to town on Wednesday, March 23, and left with a 3-0 victory. News Photo By Ric McGinnis