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Bruin Sports Between Seasons, Winter Schedules Announced
Senior cheerleaders at Riverbank High School recently completed their fall 2023 football season on the RHS campus. In the front row, Brisa Vargas, Isabel Chavez, Gizelle Fernandez, Crystal Albor Heredia and Jimena Guzman. In the back row are Jocelynne Castro, Katherine Razo, Kate Tigert, Jayda Rands and Naima Ruiz. They’re coached by Annalyssa Mireles. In just a few weeks, the squad will begin its work for the 2023-24 winter basketball season. Ric McGinnis/The News

While most of the fall sports are in the books, athletics, and student athletes, are still busy on the campus at Riverbank High School.

Cross country runners are the only ones still active in their fall sport, with recent action taking them to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

There, the Riverbank runners competed at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet on Saturday, Nov. 4. Four of them qualified for the Section Championship Meet, which is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 11 at Folsom High School.

Qualifiers include Giselle Fernandes, Jessica Vigil, Matthew Santana and Gustavo Ortiz. Fernandes, a sophomore, also was recently recognized as the Trans-Valley League MVP, as she won all three TVL races during the regular season.

Meanwhile, just ahead is the 2023-24 winter sports season, with basketball and soccer for both boys and girls teams as well as wrestling.

After the required ‘dead’ period, where pre-season practices were forbidden, regular practices began on Monday, Oct. 30. Most sports will begin early non-league games or tournaments next week.

Scrimmages, games and tournaments through the end of the calendar year will primarily be preseason contests, with Trans-Valley League play beginning after the winter holiday break.


Bruin Boys Basketball

Wednesday, Nov. 15 will see the Foundation Game, with Riverbank playing on the road at Johansen High School to kick off the season. They play at home against Mariposa on Saturday, Nov. 18, in the afternoon, then again on Tuesday, Nov. 21, hosting Enochs High from Modesto.


Lady Bruins Basketball

Girls basketball kicks off the winter season at home, also with a Foundation game, where they host Johansen High, also on Nov. 15. They’ll also play at home on Friday, Nov. 17, against Ben Holt Academy of Stockton, and again on Monday, Nov. 20, hosting Beyer High School from Modesto.


Bruin Soccer

Riverbank boys soccer kicks off on Monday, Nov. 13, with a scrimmage at Patterson, then returns home for a scrimmage against Grace Davis High School from Modesto on Wednesday, Nov. 15. They’ll play in the Hughson Tournament on Friday and Saturday next week.


Lady Bruin Soccer

Girls soccer starts up again with a scrimmage at home on Friday this week, Nov. 10, hosting Johansen from Modesto. The girls are scheduled to play at Lathrop with a scrimmage next Tuesday, Nov. 14 and another on Friday next week, Nov. 17 at Grace Davis in Modesto.


Bruin Wrestling

Riverbank grapplers return to the mats this year, with a large enough team to be able to host a single dual meet, at home against Escalon and Modesto Christian High, on Wednesday, Jan 3.

Right now, the rest of their competitions will be on the road, with the first match on Saturday, Dec. 2, at a tournament at Tokay High School in Lodi.

Riverbank High School sophomore Giselle Fernandez was selected as the MVP, Most Valuable Player, at the recent Trans-Valley League Cross Country Meet in Ceres. She is the sister of alumni German Fernandez, who set a number of track and cross country records in his high school and college career. Coach Monte Wood noted that Giselle was born during German’s senior year at RHS and is carving out her own niche. He also reported that she won all three TVL races this season. Photo Courtesy Of Monte Wood