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.
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.
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.