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Busy League Week Plays Out For Bruin Sports Squads
RHS player Kelly Pardo, 8, slips in to take away the ball from a visiting Ripon opponent during a varsity girls soccer match on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The Lady Bruins hosted the Lady Indians on pitch in the Angelo Novi Stadium. Ric McGinnis/The News

It was a busy week again last week on the Riverbank High fields and courts, with regular league games and a few make-ups along the way. And, of course, the Homecoming basketball game finished up the week last Friday. Here is a look at the recent action for Bruin teams.


Girls Soccer

On Monday, Jan. 24, Lady Bruin soccer made up a postponed match at home against Hughson, coming out on top of the Lady Huskies, 4-1, in Trans-Valley League play. Riverbank led 1-0 at the half, then scored three more goals in the second half.

On Wednesday, the girls hosted Ripon High, and were down 1-0 through much of the match.

This week, the girls are scheduled to play at Hilmar on Wednesday and at Escalon on Friday, closing out their TVL season on the road.


Bruin Soccer

Last Tuesday, Jan. 25, saw Riverbank take a 2-1 victory over Hilmar at home, then a 3-0 win over Ripon on the road on Jan. 26. At the end of last week, the Bruins had posted a 6-1-2 record in the TVL, good for second place.

A home match against Hilmar scheduled for Wednesday evening, and another against Escalon on Friday will close out the regular boys soccer season.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Girls basketball had a tough time on the road last week, with Riverbank getting squeezed 34-32 in Escalon on Tuesday, Jan. 25, but then they regrouped and won in Ripon last Thursday, 48-34.

Head coach Janelle Luu said the Lady Bruins did a few things differently this time around in taking on the host Lady Indians.

“We had to adjust. Ripon has been a mighty force on the boards. They outrebounded us by 25 last time and we made that a point of emphasis,” the coach explained. “We knew that if we could hit the boards better we’d have a good chance of winning.”

Leading the girls in the win was a trio of double digit scorers: Livi Fernandez with 18 points, Taylor Macias with 13 and Chancis Gamez with 12.

This week, the girls were set to host Hughson on Tuesday, Feb. 1 after The News went to press and will travel to Ripon Christian on Friday, Feb. 4. They’ll return home for a final game, hosting Hilmar, on Thursday, Feb. 10.


Bruin Basketball

Riverbank boys varsity basketball suffered a bit on the home court last week.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, they hosted the Cougars of Escalon, getting edged, 66-49, suffering against the superior height of their opponents.

The same fate befell them on Friday, as they were disappointed in the Homecoming Game, narrowly defeated, 60-57, by Ripon. At one point, early in the second half, Riverbank was down by nearly 20 points, but they fought back. For most of the final two minutes, the Bruins were just three points down, the margin of the final score.

Bruin basketball was to play at Hughson on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and is scheduled to host Ripon Christian on Friday. They’ve got a non-league game scheduled at Mariposa on Saturday, while their final home contest is on the schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 9.

They close out their season on the road on Friday, Feb. 11, at Hilmar.

Bruin junior Issac Brenes, 35, puts up two points in the fourth quarter of varsity boys basketball against Escalon on Wednesday, Jan. 26. It wasn’t enough to turn the tide of the TVL game, which ended with the visiting Cougars on top, 66-49. Ric McGinnis/The News
The Bruins Den, the stands under the visiting team’s basket, was filled by students hoping to distract opposing players during the last few minutes of last Friday’s Homecoming Game of varsity boys basketball. The ruckus was not enough to slow down the visiting Indians of Ripon, who posted the 60-57 Trans-Valley League victory. Ric McGinnis/The News