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Bruins Get Make Up Game, Fall to Ripon Christian
The Riverbank offense puts up a sweep in second quarter varsity football action last Friday on the home field. Armando Guzman, 4, has handed off to running back Alex Nisperos, 23, who is trying to sweep the right side of the line in the second quarter. Blocking for him are Elias Amador, 24, and Marcus Ramirez, 64. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank High School’s football Bruins got a bonus game last Friday, Sept. 17, one organized by the administration on what was scheduled to be a bye week for RHS.

Instead, they got to host the Knights from Ripon Christian High School in a makeup game of sorts, one taking the place of a previous non-league preseason matchup that had to be canceled because of COVID concerns a few weeks ago. The visitors shut out the Bruins, 53-0.

The game saw the return of Anthony Leon to the roster, having been out recently for quarantine. He traded off quarterback duties with Armando Guzman, and also played running back, wide receiver and in the defensive backfield.

Freddie Anderson, who was injured midway through last Friday’s home game against Argonaut from Jackson, was still out this past week, but said he expected to be back on the field for the Sept. 24 competition.

This Friday features a visit from the Modesto Christian Crusaders in a Trans-Valley League game that also serves as the Homecoming Game for the Bruins. Following weeklong activities that include a parade and a Powder Puff football game, halftime will see the coronation of this year’s Homecoming King and Queen.

Coming up, the Bruins take to the road for two, first at Ripon High, then at Hughson the following week. They’ll host Escalon’s Cougars on Friday, Oct. 15.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

Girls volleyball has been having trouble getting going this season, too, with quarantines and other COVID concerns getting in the way.

On Monday, Riverbank was to host the Lady Cougars of Escalon in a league match. Tuesday, Riverbank was to host the Lady Yellowjackets of Hilmar. They’re then off until Thursday, Sept. 30, when they host Ripon.


Girls Golf

Lady Bruin golfers were to compete in the TVL Mid-Year Tournament on Monday, then play at Orestimba in Newman on Thursday, Sept. 23.


Co-Ed Cross Country

Riverbank runners continue to work to improve their times leading up to the TVL Mid-Season Run in Ceres, next Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the River Bluff Regional Park in Ceres.

A gaggle of cheerleaders take the field at halftime of the Sept. 17 varsity football game against the Knights of Ripon Christian High School. Though it was scheduled as a bye week, administrators scheduled it as a make-up game to replace one of the games canceled recently by COVID concerns for players. Ric McGinnis/The News