The fall sports seasons have begun to wind down for athletes at Riverbank High School, with girls volleyball already over, while football has just this week’s final home game remaining on the schedule.
Lady Bruins Volleyball
While girls volleyball players closed out their 2021 season with a 3-0 loss on the road at Hilmar on Thursday, Oct. 14, they had celebrated their final home game on Tuesday that week. They celebrated their departing seniors that night, all eleven of them.
Coach John Bartlett faces a major rebuilding year for next season, since his whole team is graduating next spring.
On the other hand, the future bodes well for the Lady Bruins, if this past season is any indication.
The freshman team did well this season, under the guidance of head coach Mikayla Macias, and assistant Paola Reyes, both 2020 graduates of Riverbank High.
“We had a great season despite COVID,” Macias said. “The team was one of the best freshman teams from Riverbank that the league has seen in a while.”
The Riverbank frosh girls posted a 10 win, five loss season.
“We came in second in our tournament after battling Escalon in a third game. All of the girls put in as much effort as possible to improve every day. I couldn’t be more proud to be their coach,” Macias added.
Riverbank varsity football fell 56-0 at Livingston last Friday, Oct. 22.
Coach Joe Pirillo noted the positives of the game.
“Offensively, there was junior quarterback Armando Guzman, who completed 11 of 21 passes, totaling 56 yards,” he said. “And junior running back Alex Nisperos contributed 15 carries for 27 yards. Stanley Tran, a senior, had six pass catches, for 30 yards.”
There were also some solid efforts by the Bruins on defense.
“Sophomore Lawrence Diaz totaled five tackles while senior Jackson Tigert added two more tackles, one for a loss and a sack.”
Bruin varsity football closes out its season this Friday with a home game against Hilmar. Game time is 7 p.m.
Co-Ed Cross Country
Riverbank runners will be closing out their regular season hosting the Trans-Valley League Final Meet on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Jacob Myers Park. Sub-Sections are on Saturday, Nov. 6, with the Section Meet set for Nov. 13 in Folsom.
Trans-Valley League schedules for winter sports are beginning to come together for Winter 2021-22.
Both boys and girls basketball and soccer formal practices can begin on Monday, Nov. 1, with first scrimmages available after Nov. 12.
Pre-league games can begin Nov. 19, with TVL seasons starting on Dec. 15 for the soccer teams and Jan. 5 for the basketball squads.