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Fall Season Ends, Winter Sports Warm Up At RHS
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The Riverbank High freshman/sophomore girls cross country squad shows off their medals from the sub-section meet. They qualified to run in the Section Championship, but two of them couldn’t run on Saturday, so the team didn’t record an official score. Shown are Giselle Fernandez, Jynessa Lopez, Maya Guzman, and Gianna Cruz. Photo Contributed

Riverbank runners finished their 2022 cross country season recently, with those from the freshman/sophomore squad placing well in recent meets. Elsewhere, the winter teams are starting to see more action, with preseason contests underway.


Co-Ed Cross Country

Head Coach Monte Wood reported that the season ended last Saturday, Nov. 12, with Giselle Fernandez and Gus Ortiz winning their freshman/sophomore D-IV Section Championships. It was held in North Highlands.

“Giselle easily won her race,” he said. “Gus ran a tremendous race. He went after it from the start and put himself in a position to win. He even fell going down a hill and got up and finished strong.”

The Trans-Valley League Championship was held on Oct. 26, at the Ceres Regional Park. Coach Wood listed his runners that received medals there.

“The TVL medalists were Gus Ortiz, David Ten Fingers Ranson, Giselle Fernandez, who won the JV race there, Maya Guzman, Jynessa Lopez, and Gianna Cruz,” said Wood.

He added that the Frosh/Soph team qualified to the Section Championship, but “two of the girls couldn’t run on Saturday,” so they didn’t score as a team.


Bruin Basketball

Boys basketball has been practicing for the last several weeks, under head coach Ylii Lopez, and he held a brief special Saturday practice before the team took off for scrimmages in Modesto.

They’ll continue with scrimmages for the next few weeks, and kick off the 2022-23 season with the Foundation Game at home on Monday, Nov. 28.


Lady Bruin Basketball

RHS girls basketball has four scrimmages lined up for the home court the next few weeks.

This Friday, Nov. 18 they’re scheduled to host Oakdale, with games at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Next Monday, Nov. 21 Turlock High comes to town, then Central Catholic from Modesto comes to town on Tuesday. The girls will host Ceres on Nov. 29.


Lady Bruin Soccer

The varsity soccer girls hosted Grace M. Davis High School teams from Modesto on Friday, Nov. 11, coming away from the scrimmage with a 3-0 win.

They were to host Lathrop in a scrimmage match on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and are scheduled to compete in the Stagg High School Tournament this weekend. They’ll host Oakdale next Tuesday, Nov. 22.


Fundraising Hoops

Riverbank High School staff members faced off against each other in a special basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 10.

In a game dominated by lay-up and 3-point shot scoring, the team wearing the black jerseys won, 34-33.

The team was made up of former coach Jeff Jennings, coaches Monte Wood and Janelle Luu, along with Cory Casteel, Emily Cowdrey, Luis Solorio, Ray Perez and principal Greg Diaz.

The game was held as a fundraiser for the RHS boys soccer program, and was well attended by the student body.

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Gus Ortiz, left, and David Ten Fingers Ranson show off the medals they received at the Trans-Valley League cross country championship meet on Oct. 26. The meet was held in Ceres. Photo Contributed