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Bruin Spotlight Shines On Multisport Athlete Isaac Andalon
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RHS 2020 grad Isaac Andalon, 14, heads the ball away from the Bruin goal in a varsity boys soccer match against Livingston. It was a Trans-Valley League competition at home in early January. Ric McGinnis/The News

With COVID-19 restrictions easing somewhat across the state, Riverbank athletes can be a little more optimistic about the coming fall season of high school interscholastic sports, but here at The News we continue to celebrate the hard work and dedication of last year’s seniors, members of the Class of 2020.

This week, our 11th spotlight shines on Isaac Andalon, who suited up for every sports season as a Bruin, fall, winter and spring, staying active and contributing to a number of teams throughout his high school years.


Fall, Spring Athletics

When he isn’t on the soccer, Andalon is a runner and thrower. He competed all four years on both the cross country team and as a member of the track and field squad for the Bruins.

Since Riverbank doesn’t yet have a dedicated cross country course, there were no true ‘home field’ opportunities for photography this year. Also, because of the COVID-19 outbreak and closure of schools, there was only one home track meet held this year. However, that doesn’t detract from the success that Andalon achieved as an underclassman in track and field and he also was part of the TVL championship cross country team this past fall.


Soccer Shines

Also a four-year competitor on the soccer pitch, Andalon wore number 14 on his jersey, and spent as much time as possible on the attack, in the opponent’s end of the field. A versatile and talented player, the senior liked to be involved in the scoring for his team whether he took the shot that found the back of the net or made the pass to the teammate that did score.


Coming up next, it’s Week 12 of the spotlight, and we’ll feature Evelyn Duarte, a standout Lady Bruin basketball player.

Members of the Riverbank High cross country boys squad celebrated being named winners of the Trans-Valley League title at the fall 2019 TVL Championships at Tuolumne Regional Park in Modesto. Isaac Andalon, third from left, is shown with teammates and coaches. Photo Contributed
Bruin athlete Isaac Andalon came in second in the shot put at the all-weather track in a Thrower’s Challenge at Riverbank High School in April of 2019. He also placed third in the discus, then anchored the 4x800 relay at that competition. Ric McGinnis/The News