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Athletic Spotlight Shines On Bruin Easton Gutierrez
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Bruin Easton Gutierrez, 12, takes advantage of a block by a teammate to find some running room in the second quarter, back in August last year. The 2020 grad and the Bruin team visited Modesto to take on Big Valley Christian High School’s Lions in a preseason game. Easton filled roles on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball during the season. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Senior Spotlight continues this week, shining for the lucky 13th time since the COVID epidemic forced school and sports closures. This time the focus is on RHS 2020 grad Easton Gutierrez, a utility player in two sports in recent years on Bruin teams.


Fall Football

Over the sports and seasons of his high school career, Gutierrez has worn several jersey numbers, but on the Bruin gridiron this year, he carried the number 12. In addition, he served in several positions, both on offense and on defense.

At times, he could play quarterback, either under the center or taking a deep snap. In addition, he played running back and wide receiver, depending on the Bruins’ configuration needs. On defense, he’s filled in as a corner back, linebacker or safety. And sometimes he was called upon to receive the kickoff.


Spring Baseball

Also a utility player on the hardball diamond, Gutierrez filled a variety of roles on Riverbank’s varsity baseball team.

Since the spring shutdown this year stopped all but a handful of home baseball games, we were able to look back at 2019 varsity action, where Gutierrez played in left field, and at shortstop, as well as handling the balls and strikes behind the plate when needed, serving as catcher.


Next up in the spotlight, Marisol Garcia, softball pitcher and girls golfer.

In addition filling in as a utility infielder and outfielder for Riverbank’s varsity baseball team last year, Easton Gutierrez also put in some time behind the plate, taking balls and strikes at catcher. The 2020 grad likely would have served in the same positions this year had the spring season not been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ric McGinnis/The News
Wide receiver Easton Gutierrez, a 2020 Bruin grad, here takes a pass over the middle in a Trans-Valley League varsity football game. It was in the fourth quarter against the Huskies of Hughson, here on the home field. Ric McGinnis/The News