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Fall Sports Play Picks Up At The Start Of The Season
Members of the Riverbank girls golf team wrangle their equipment following an afternoon of practice at the nearby Escalon Golf Club last week. It was the first opportunity of practices this season, that saw the Lady Bruins working on the putting green, driving range and across the 9-hole course during their sessions.


Having started practices a couple of weeks before school resumed, Riverbank Bruin football players were able to begin a scrimmage session last Friday, at Liberty Ranch High School, in northern Galt. Other fall sports teams are practicing, with pre-season action for them coming up shortly.


Bruin Football

The pigskin parade began last Friday, against the Hawks of Liberty Ranch High School. Listed as just a scrimmage, it nonetheless was the first actual action against a formal opponent the teams were to be seeing. Typically, no scores are kept in the scrimmage format, as teams use the opportunity to concentrate instead on working on their playing skills.

This week, Riverbank travels to Tracy on Friday, Aug. 18 to take on the Millennium High School Falcons. This season is one of transition for the Bruins, as they are listed as freelance, on their way to reassignment to the Mother Lode League in 2024. For many years, Riverbank has played as part of the Trans-Valley League.

After this week’s games, the Bruins are scheduled to play at Consumnes River College campus in Sacramento, on Thursday, Aug. 24, against Valley High School. They’ll have their first home game on Friday, Sept. 1, welcoming in the Denair High School Coyotes. After two more weeks of away games, RHS will enjoy two weeks of home games, starting on Sept. 22 against Burton High School from San Francisco,


Lady Bruin Golf

Young lady linksters have begun practicing for this year’s girls golf season, with workouts on the Escalon Golf Course, where they play their home matches. Their practices include action on the driving range, the nearby putting green, and play on the 9-hole course, depending on the day.

They’re scheduled to see their first action on Monday, Aug. 21, in the Yellowjacket Tournament at the Turlock Country Club, then on the Aug. 28, they’ll travel to the Merced Invitational, and on Thursday, Aug. 31, they’ll take on West High School at Tracy Country Club. They will finally play on the home Escalon Course, against the EHS Lady Cougars, who also use that as their home course, on Tuesday, Sept. 5.


Co-Ed Cross Country

Bruin and Lady Bruin runners are getting their legs in shape for upcoming cross country meets, as they get ready for their opening competition, in two weeks, on Aug. 30, at a scrimmage at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, the first of 12 meets on the 2023 schedule.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

The fall volleyball season belongs to RHS girls, as they prepare for their 2023 campaign, with a varsity tournament at Orestimba High School in Newman set for this coming Saturday, Aug. 19. Next up, on Tuesday, Aug. 22, all three teams will welcome the Lady Spartans from Davis High School in Modesto. The next day, Aug. 23, they will travel to Summerville in Tuolumne County for a match against the Lady Bears.

Riverbank freshman girls volleyball players have begun practicing in the Fauria Gym on campus, in preparation for the start of their 2023 Trans-Valley League campaign. Freshman coach Kelsee Niehenke, at right, works out drills with some of her players after school last week.
A player on the freshman girls volleyball team at Riverbank High School works on passing at practice last week in the Fauria Gym on the campus. After school practices have the teams headed toward the beginning of the 2023 season, with the varsity girls traveling to Newman on Saturday to play in the Orestimba Tournament, while all three teams, frosh, JV and varsity, will host Grace Davis High from Modesto on Tuesday, Aug. 22.