Although winter sports action has closed out for the 2020 season, Bruin varsity boys basketball players got to extend their season a bit last week.
Included in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament, Riverbank first had to travel to Newman on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for what was termed a ‘play-in’ game at Orestimba High School.
RHS defeated the Warriors, 55-39, moving to the first round, but, as 17th seed, had to face top seed Sonora on Feb. 19.
“We defeated Orestimba on Tuesday night for the play-in playoff game and then lost to Sonora Wednesday night. In both games we defended really well. It’s been our strength all year,” said coach Jeff Jennings. “In both games we got great shots but just couldn’t get many to fall. Sonora is the defending Section Champs and they have the best player in the area. I felt like we did a great job defending them and containing Austin Patterson. Ty Luu led us with 16 points and Julian Barajas had 11 and Andrew Palomino had eight.”
The Bruins ended their season with the 63-45 loss to the Wildcats on the road.
“Overall I’m very proud of what we accomplished this season. We are graduating a great group of seniors who will be remembered for how hard they played and how well they shared the ball,” added Jennings. “On nights where our offense was on we were very tough to beat. When we were off our defensive pressure kept us in games and we were able to grind out some tough wins. Our league was very competitive this year with five out of the seven teams making playoffs. We went 5-7 in league but lost five of those games by five or less points.”
Spring Sports Practices Start
Riverbank High athletes took advantage of the warmer than average temperatures when they began gearing up for the coming spring season and practices started on campus and season schedules began being released.
RHS hitters have been able to start the season this week with a few scrimmages, but won’t be playing on the home diamond until March 2, when the Summerville Bears come to town.
They won’t see TVL action until hosting Livingston on March 24. League play finishes with a home game on May 7.
Lady Bruin Softball
RHS varsity girls softball will get underway this week, with a first scrimmage on Friday, Feb. 28, when Sonora comes to town. Next week, they’ll compete in the Jaguar Tournament at Rainbow Fields from Tuesday through Saturday.
They start league play on Friday, March 13 at Livingston.
Track and Field
The Bruin Team Challenge is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, and the Sierra Relays are on Saturday, March 7. TVL competition starts on March 25.
Riverbank netters, both boys and girls, start by hosting a doubles tournament on Thursday and Friday next week. Thursday’s play will begin after school hours, but on Friday, March 6, it’s all day tennis.
Then they’ll have a home scrimmage match against Orestimba on Wednesday, March 11. TVL play begins on Friday, March 13.
Varsity boys volleyball will begin next week with two scrimmages at home, against West High School of Tracy on Tuesday, March 3, and against Big Valley Christian on Thursday, March 5.
League play begins on Tuesday, March 10 at Gustine.
Bruin linksters were to start their spring season with a practice round Feb. 27, then host Livingston on Tuesday, March 3.
The RHS golfers will be calling the Jack Tone Golf Course home this year, about 14 miles from Riverbank, in west Ripon.