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Bruin Spring Sports Continue Between Rain Storms
Riverbank batter Fernando Rangel puts the ball in play in baseball action last Saturday, on the home field. The Bruins hosted Hughson in a make-up game because of recent rains, with the Huskies taking home an 18-0 victory in Trans-Valley League play. News Photo By Ric McGinnis

Thankfully, coaches and athletes noted, the rain relented enough for Riverbank High School teams to get in a few games last week. Fields, courts and the track was dry enough to see action, though runners, who normally warm up on the grass of the football field, were kept off because of the standing water. Here is a recap of the action that occurred.


Bruin Baseball

Varsity players saw a rare Saturday game over the weekend, a make-up caused by recent rains. Hughson High School came to town, shutting down the Riverbank bats, and ending the game in five innings, 18-0. It was the second Trans-Valley League game against Hughson last week, with the Huskies winning on their home field on Thursday, March 23 by a 13-1 final.

Riverbank had two games scheduled this week, weather permitting, at home against Escalon that was to be Tuesday, then on the road at Escalon on Thursday.


Co-Ed Track and Field

The weather was good enough last Wednesday for a meet against Livingston on the home field, though runners, who would normally warm up running on the grass of the football field, were forced by standing water there to find other avenues of preparation.

In the boys 4x100 meter relay, the Riverbank team of Diego Felix, Rolando Bazan, Andre Chia and Alan Gonzalez finished first with a time of 46.66.

Riverbank’s A squad boys in the 4x400 relay finished with a 3:51.84, the team of Chia, Jose Alvarez, Bazan and Gustavo Ortiz. The Bruin boys B squad, Harvey Aulakh, Matt Knerr, Jovanny Perez and Gerson Tapia, finished in third, with a 4:34.45 time.

In the boys 1600-meter race, freshman Ortiz set a personal record (PR) of 5:06.41 for fourth place, senior Miguel Garcia ran a 5:06.83 PR for fifth place, and Harveer Alakh set a PR of 6:10.28 for seventh place.

In the girls 1600, freshman Giselle Fernandez set a PR of 5:32.95 for first place. In the girls 300-meter hurdles, Riverbank senior Leticia Diaz ran a 58.78 unopposed. Diaz also finished first in the 100-meter hurdles, at 22.39, with junior Selene Navarro setting a PR at 24.38 for second place, and senior Anna Miller putting up a PR of 26.95 for third.

On the RHS all-weather track this week, the Kristina Martinez Memorial Middle School Meet is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.


Bruin Volleyball

The RHS boys team, playing indoors, has no problem with the weather, hosting Denair High School on Thursday, March 23. The Coyotes took home the win, in three straight games, 25-19, 25-3 and 25-20, in Trans-Valley League play. The Bruins were set to host Orestimba from Newman on March 28, after The News went to press.


Lady Bruin Softball

This week, girls softball was scheduled to make up a home game against Ripon Christian High School on Monday. A game at Ripon High School is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, weather permitting.

Lady Bruin freshman Giselle Fernandez pours it on in the last stretch of the girls 1600-meter race, finishing first against three Livingston runners in the Wednesday, March 22 meet. She set a personal record at 5:32.95, a full minute ahead of the number two runner. News Photo By Ric McGinnis
Senior Bryan Ramos, 10, sends the ball back to the Denair side in the second game of a boys varsity volleyball match, on the home court, on Thursday, March 23. The Coyotes won the preseason match in three games, 25-19, 25-3 and 25-20. News Photo By Ric McGinnis