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Daytime Soccer Kicks Off The New Year For Bruins
Riverbank’s Adriana Cuevas brings the ball down field ahead of a Sonora defender in Friday’s varsity girls soccer scrimmage on the home field. It was the only daytime match scheduled this season, able to be held because both schools were on their winter break. Ric McGinnis/The News

As the winter break for Riverbank High School athletes wound down, the Lady Bruin soccer teams were treated to a rare daytime soccer match, hosting Sonora, with the JV at noon and varsity at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.


Girls Soccer

The varsity Lady Bruins bench was somewhat depleted last week, with several players still out of town for the holidays, but they held up well against a continuing onslaught from the Lady Wildcat visitors from Sonora. Riverbank fought off more than 20 shots on goal through most of the game, giving up just one score in the middle of the second period, but it turned out to be just enough for the 1-0 win recorded by the visitors.

Trans-Valley League play was to start this week, with Riverbank hosting Livingston on Tuesday, Jan. 7 after The News went to press, then again Thursday, Jan. 9 when they travel to Hughson.


Bruin Soccer

It appears as if the boys team’s schedules are just the opposite of the girls this week in soccer. They were scheduled to travel to Livingston on Tuesday and will host the Huskies from Hughson in a Thursday, Jan. 9 contest to start their first week of league matches.


Bruin Basketball

Boys basketball traveled to Linden last Friday, Jan. 3, but no official score had been reported as of press time. And the players then had to get up Saturday morning, Jan. 4, to staff the RHS Youth Basketball Clinic that Riverbank basketball squads were hosting.

Trans-Valley League play for the hoop boys is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Hilmar, then Escalon’s Cougars visit Riverbank on Friday, Jan. 10. Freshman games are at 4 p.m., with JV games scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game tipping off about 7 p.m.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Girls basketball league play also started this week, with Riverbank hosting Hilmar on Tuesday, Jan. 7 after The News went to press and traveling to take on Escalon’s Lady Cougars in a Thursday, Jan. 9 contest to begin their TVL season.

Lady Bruin Yara Choeb fights for control of the ball in varsity girls soccer action against the visitors from Sonora last Friday, Jan. 3. The rare daytime match was the final pre-season match with league play scheduled to begin this week. Ric McGinnis/The News