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Cuevas In The Spotlight: On Field, Court, Diamond
View From The Sidelines 4-29-20
RHS volleyball player Adriana Cuevas, a 2020 senior, shows her concentration handling a quick serve in varsity girls volleyball on the home court last fall. The Lady Bruins hosted Ripon High School early in September. Ric McGinnis/The News

Combating the spread of the Coronavirus remains on the top of everyone’s mind this week, with sports canceled for the spring high school season, and courts, links, playing fields and park facilities closed in Riverbank.

The Riverbank News continues its highlight of RHS senior athletes by spotlighting their on court/on field activity this year in story and photos.

For week four, we have multi-sport senior athlete Adriana Cuevas.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

Cuevas returned to the back row of Riverbank’s varsity girls volleyball squad last fall, filling the roles of server or digger before rotating out when her position rotated to the front row, where usually taller girls are employed.


Girls Soccer

Before girls soccer seasons all moved to the winter season after 2018, Cuevas was active on girls basketball courts around the Trans-Valley League. But when the change was made statewide, she chose to move to the pitch, on the RHS campus, known as Angelo Novi Stadium.

Although slight of stature, Adriana was most often found at right wing, on the offensive side of the ball, where she was involved in many of the team’s attacks on their opponents’ goals.


RHS Softball

Where most teams pick bigger players to put behind the plate, in the past few years, Cuevas was known for her quickness at catcher, both in pouncing on the occasional ball that would get past her as well as in trying to throw out potential base stealers. Occasionally she could be found in the outfield. On offense, her diminutive strike zone made getting the out harder for opposing pitchers when she came to the plate herself for a turn at bat.

With the cancellation of the remainder of the spring sports seasons across the state, the Lady Bruins were only able to get in a handful of scrimmage games before things were shut down this year.


Powder Puff Football

In reality, at least this school year, Cuevas was actually a four-sport player, since she got to play in the Powder Puff football game at Riverbank High, part of Homecoming Week activities. And she and her senior/frosh teammates were able to pull off a 7-7 tie at the end of the contest, as had happened the previous year.


Next week we present a look at RHS senior De’Ondrey Davis, of Bruin football and track fame.

Though slight of stature, Riverbank senior Adriana Cuevas is good at throw out attempts as catcher on the Riverbank girls softball team. It was a pre-season scrimmage against Turlock, before the spring sports were cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ric McGinnis/The News
Like many of Riverbank High’s girl athletes, Adriana Cuevas, here with the ball on offense, hopes to outrun a defender while playing for the senior team in last fall’s Powder Puff football game. It was played as part of the Homecoming Week celebration, the day before the football games. Ric McGinnis/The News