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Busy High School Sports Week On Local Fields, Courts
Bruin co-captain Gonzalo Luna, 17, keeps the ball away from a Hilmar defender early in the second half of a Trans-Valley League varsity boys soccer match. The Jan. 19 contest ended with Riverbank taking a 4-1 win over the Yellowjackets. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank high school athletes were busy on the home pitch and court last week as Trans-Valley League play continued, but this week local things will be relatively quiet.

There were three games stacked up at home, one after the other, on Tuesday, Jan. 18.


Bruin Soccer

Boys soccer was the first match, against Livingston, starting at 4 p.m.

Unfortunately, according to coach Juan Harvey, Riverbank got tagged with a red card penalty and had to play most of the game one player short. They suffered a 6-0 loss to the Wolves.

The next day, Wednesday, Hilmar’s Yellowjackets came to town, with a better result: the Bruins won, 4-0.

This week, boys soccer was scheduled for Ripon High on Wednesday and a bye on Friday, where the Modesto Christian match should have been. MC has discontinued its 2022 soccer programs. And the first week of February will see the final games of the regular season.


Lady Bruin Soccer

Back on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the second soccer match of the day was varsity girls, also against Livingston. Usually, boys play away when girls play home, against the same teams, but last week both games occurred on the same afternoon/evening. The score from the girls match was not reported.

This week, the Lady Bruins are scheduled to host Ripon High on Wednesday, with a bye from MC on Friday. Girls soccer ends their regular season on the road the first week of February.


Lady Bruin Basketball

That third game last Tuesday was varsity girls basketball, in the evening. Riverbank hosted Ripon Christian High’s Lady Knights, posting a 57-34 victory. On the home court Thursday, Jan. 20 they fought hard but fell just a few points short in a 51-47 loss to visiting Livingston. They played at Hilmar on Friday, Jan. 21, ending with a 70-57 victory.

The girls will play two games on the road this week and will next be on their home court against Hughson on Feb. 1. Their last home game, Senior Night, will be on Thursday, Feb. 10, against Hilmar.


Bruin Basketball

Boys basketball had three games this week, with the first on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 18. They lost a bit of a blowout to Ripon Christian’s Knights, 75-31. On Thursday, they were at Livingston, losing a heartbreaker to the Wolves, 61-59.

On Friday, the Bruins were on their home court, handling Hilmar’s Yellowjackets, winning by a final of 66-36.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, Riverbank is to host Escalon’s Cougars, and Ripon is scheduled to come to town on Friday, Jan. 28.

Riverbank junior Livi Fernandez, 1, ends a fast break with an attempt to roll a lay up into the net off her fingertips as she beat out two defenders early in the first quarter of varsity girls basketball action on Thursday, Jan. 20, on the home court. The Lady Bruins finished on the short side of a very close Trans-Valley League game, falling to Livingston’s Lady Wolves, 51-47. Ric McGinnis/The News
RHS guard Diego Felix, 1, claws his way through the Hilmar defense during third quarter varsity boys basketball play on the home court. The Bruins finished on top of the 66-36 score, over the Yellowjackets. Ric McGinnis/The News