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Baseball, Track And Field Kick Off Spring Seasons
Lady Bruins Livi Fernandez, center, and Kylee Rhodehouse, right, finish up in the girls heat of the 400-meter race last week on the track at the Angelo Novi Stadium. The Wednesday, April 28 event saw Riverbank hosting the Huskies of Hughson. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Lady Bruins varsity softball squad found a shorter route to the end of their season this year, aided by that COVID-19 virus.

Their last two home games of the already brief 2021 season had to be canceled when it was discovered that some of the players, who also compete on a travel ball team, may have been exposed there, according to school officials.

The games would have occurred during the two week quarantine period, so the games were just called off.

And while softball is a wrap, there are other Season Two sports occurring this spring for the Bruins, with track and field and baseball seeing action this past week with basketball and soccer starting as well.


Track And Field

The RHS co-ed track and field squads hosted their first meet of the season last Wednesday, April 28, against Hughson. Although out manned in many events, there were a few exciting finishes.

This week, the first of two Southern Athletic League meets will be held here on the Riverbank track, Wednesday afternoon, May 5. The second, and final, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19.


Baseball Opening Day

The Bruin varsity baseball team got its start for the year last week, with home and away contests against Hughson on Tuesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 29. Riverbank fell 17-3 on the road, then 14-0 at home.

They were to play at Modesto Christian on May 4, and host Modesto Christian on Thursday, May 6.


Spring Soccer And Basketball

Boy boys and girls roundball was set to begin this week, with the Lady Bruins playing May 5 at Denair, and hosting Waterford on Friday, May 7. On the opposite schedule, the Bruin boys were to host Denair on Wednesday and travel to Waterford Friday.

Bruin boys soccer was to host Denair on May 5, and travel to Waterford on Thursday, while opposite that, Lady Bruin soccer was to go to Denair on Tuesday and host Waterford on May 6.

Since the soccer matches have been scheduled for afternoons this spring, it seems likely they’ll be played on the regular pitch on the RHS campus, next to the varsity baseball field, instead of during where they play in the winter, on the lighted football field, as they have been in recent seasons.

Starting on the mound in the first inning of Bruin baseball, veteran Lucas Villapudua takes a turn to record the first three outs of the first 2021 home game of the RHS varsity season, before moving to shortstop. Having faced the Huskies at Hughson last Tuesday, April 27, Riverbank hosted them two days later. Ric McGinnis/The News