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Bret Harte, Escalon Stop Lady Bruins
The Riverbank High golf team has made tremendous strides in a short period of time, but the squad still has some growing to do after a pair of losses in Valley Foothill League action recently.

The squad dropped a close match with Bret Harte High 238-221 and then followed it up with their second league setback, falling to Escalon by 45 strokes.

The Lady Bruins battled Bret Harte at one of the league's toughest courses, Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp, yet could not keep pace with the Bullfrogs on their home digs.

The par-36 course proved to be extremely difficult on the young Lady Bruin squad, with Courtney Floyd being the only Riverbank player to break 50.

Riverbank shot uncustomary high scores, with Amanda Cagle (61), Kaitlynn Deabenderfer (62) and Diana Ruiz (66) all closing out actions well over their season average.

The squad made their way back to their friendly confines, but were still on the "road" as they had a home match as visitors when they took on the Escalon Cougars at the Escalon golf course.

Escalon proved why they are arguably the strongest team in the league, scoring four golfers in the thirties for the win. The Lady Bruins got strong performances from Ruiz and Floyd, yet it simply was not enough.

Ruiz paced the squad with a 41, while Floyd turned in a 42. Adela Sanchez and Carlye Avey rounded out the Riverbank foursome, who were outscored 144-190 by the undefeated Cougars.

Escalon's Presli Pilati held medalist honors with an even par round of 31 for the afternoon's best effort.

The squad will look to get things back on track when they make the road trip to Ripon to take on the Ripon Christian Knights at Jack Tone Golf Course Sept. 24.

Riverbank will then roll out the welcome mats for Calaveras High Sept. 29 continuing the VFL schedule. Both contests are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. tee-times.