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Bruins tip off Trans-Valley League slate of contests
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Riverbank senior Chancis Gamez goes for two points past Escalon defenders in the third quarter of varsity girls basketball play on Thursday, Jan. 4, at home. The host Lady Bruins fell to EHS in a close one, 52-51. Ric McGinnis/The News

Though classes were still on winter break for the Riverbank Unified School District last week, Riverbank High athletes started their Trans-Valley League winter season sports. Some matches were on the home courts and pitches, others were on the road.


Bruin Basketball

The varsity basketball boys had two games last week, starting out on the road in Hilmar on Tuesday, Jan. 2, winning 72-53. They came home to host a Friday, Jan. 5 game against Escalon, finishing on top, 48-40. They used strong scoring in the second and fourth quarters, and solid defense throughout, to come away with the victory to open league play 2-0.

This week, Riverbank is to host Ripon on Jan. 10, with the varsity game at 7 p.m., and travel to Hughson on Friday, Jan. 12.


Lady Bruin Basketball

In action two times last week, the varsity basketball girls earned a split. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, the Riverbank varsity girls beat Hilmar on the road, 64-29. On Thursday, Jan. 4, they hosted Escalon and lost a squeaker, 52-51.

They were to play at Ripon on Jan. 9, and are set to host Hughson on Thursday, Jan. 11, with the varsity game to start at 7 p.m.



The Bruins hosted a match with Escalon this past week but the visiting Cougars prevailed at all three levels: varsity, JV and girls.


Bruin Soccer

Varsity boys teams saw action on Friday, Jan. 5, on the road, starting their TVL season in Escalon, coming home with a 5-0 victory over the Cougars. They scored one goal in the first half and then found the back of the net four more times in the second half.

The JV boys lost to Escalon, 1-0.

Earlier, on Wednesday, they lost to Laguna Creek of Elk Grove, 1-0, to finish off their pre-season schedule.

They were to host Hughson on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and have a home match scheduled with Livingston on Thursday, Jan. 11 with the varsity match at 5:30 p.m.


Lady Bruin Soccer

Starting off their league season on Friday, Jan. 5, the girls soccer team was on the road even though it was a home game. Bad field conditions prompted the relocation of the TVL contest against Escalon to the Mary Grogan Community Park sports complex in Modesto. Riverbank was able to hold off Escalon by a 1-0 final.

Riverbank’s JV girls were shut out, 3-0, in their game with Escalon.

This week, the soccer girls were to play at Hughson on Jan. 9 and will be at Livingston for a match on Thursday, Jan. 11.


News Editor Marg Jackson contributed to this report.

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In first quarter play, Riverbank senior Erick Jimenez, 22, breaks through Escalon defenders in the Bruins’ first TVL home game of the season, on Friday, Jan. 5. Riverbank won the varsity boys basketball game, 48-40, over the Cougars. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Lady Bruin guard Alexis Felix, 4, takes on an Escalon opponent on the home court on Thursday, Jan. 4. The varsity girls basketball game went into the win column for the visiting Lady Cougars. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Bruin forward Lawrence Diaz works the ball past an Escalon defender in the second quarter of varsity boys basketball play on Friday, Jan. 5. Riverbank took the home contest and also won earlier in the week on the road to open TVL play at 2-0. Ric McGinnis/The News