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Cross Country Travels, Football Sees TVL Play On Road
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The Riverbank frosh/soph cross country squad celebrates its second place finish in the Woodbridge Invitational in Orange County over the weekend. Shown, from left, Dayanara Ruvalcaba, Marissa Cruz, Jocelyn Ayala, Livi Fernandez, Ainsley Wood, Aimee Rosales, and Alyssa Perez. Photo By Rebecca Wood

Squeezing out the last little bit of summer over the weekend, the Riverbank High School cross country teams had quite a trip, one which included side visits and productive competition in Southern California.

The weekend was an exciting one for the teams, according to head coach Monte Wood.

First, he noted, Bruin Ramon Rosas was chosen as Runner of the Week by StanCo Distance. Then, 16 of his runners toured Fresno State on their way to the Woodbridge Invitational in Norco, in Southern California.

There, 12 of his 16 runners won medals, with 13 of them setting personal records.

One of the girls finished in the top 10, and the frosh/soph girls took second overall in the white division of the sophomore race, Wood reported.

“Freshmen Livi Fernandez and Dayanara Ruvalcaba paced the team with Livi placing eighth overall and Dayanara 12th in her first three-mile race,” Wood said.

In the meantime, the JV girls took third overall at the Pacific Invitational and Miriam Albor finished second in that race.

The team visited Disneyland before returning home.

This week features the second Trans-Valley League race of the season, in Modesto on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25.


Bruin Football

Riverbank started its TVL schedule on Friday, Sept. 20 traveling to Modesto Christian High School in Salida. The Crusaders don’t have a JV team, so the Bruin varsity played the single game, which was also the Homecoming celebration for the host Modesto Christian squad.

RHS scored in three of the four quarters, but couldn’t keep up with the Crusaders, ultimately falling in a 34-22 final.

The Bruins scored on a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter, two touchdowns in the third, and tacked on seven more points in the fourth, but Modesto Christian tallied two touchdowns and the points after in the second quarter to lead 14-3 at the half. They put 12 more points on the board in the third quarter and eight in the fourth to take the win off the field.

Riverbank returns to the home field to host Ripon High School’s Indians on Friday, Sept. 27. The JV game starts at 5 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

The girls volleyball teams saw two matches last week, one at home, one on the road.

On Monday, Sept. 16, they hosted Hughson in a Trans-Valley contest, the varsity squad losing in three games to the Lady Huskies, 25-20, 25-21, and 25-14. The JV girls went down in two games, 25-7, and 25-6.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18 they traveled to Escalon, with the varsity team falling to the host Lady Cougars, 25-11, 25-20, and 25-10. The JV took a 25-14, 25-12 loss and the freshmen fell as well, 25-8, 25-10.

The Lady Bruins were to continue TVL action this week. They were scheduled to host Livingston on Monday, after The News went to press, and travel to Hilmar for a Sept. 25 contest.

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The Bruin defense swamps Modesto Christian’s quarterback in Friday night action on the road. Riverbank held the Crusaders scoreless in the first quarter, but ultimately fell in a 34-22 final to open their TVL season. Ric McGinnis/The News