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Fall Sports Wrap - Bruins Slug Through Conference Schedule
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Riverbank High cross country, girls golf and football athletes prepare for the next run of contests after spurts of ups and downs in recent action. Following is a summary of prior contests.

Cross Country

The junior varsity girls landed first place honors at the second Trans-Valley League meet on Sept. 26 while varsity boys, girls and the JV boys all settled for third.

The JV girls had two runners pulled up to varsity, but still managed to finish best in their race. Stephanie Zaratel led the team with a 13 minute, 57 second time on the short course while Lydie Hodges came through with a personal best to help the team.

The varsity girls saw another outstanding performance from 2011 section champ Mikayla Florez, who landed a sharp time of 19:38 to win the five kilometer varsity race.

"She ran the whole race by herself," Riverbank coach Monte Wood said. "It was hot and dusty, but she was able to run 30 seconds faster than the first (TVL meet) race."

Haley Richardson competed in her first 5K and excelled with a 22:48 to assist the varsity girls. Sabrina Garcia (24:13) mirrored the feat with her own first 5K effort.

The varsity boys were unable to reproduce the finish that tied 2011 section champs, Ripon, in the first meet. Without Armando Rodriguez (at a soccer game that was ironically cancelled), Riverbank struggled to a third place finish.

"If we had him, we would have placed second and kept our TVL title hopes alive," Wood said. "We did have a few kids not run well, but that is just the way it goes in cross country."

Jonathen Beliera ran a personal best of 17:34 on the course to end as Riverbank's top runner.

The Bruins head south to compete in the Santa Clarita Valley Invitational on Thursday. Florez should see stiff competition in the large-school division while the boys hope to bring home a title in the small school division. Coach Wood said his frosh/soph girls have a shot at winning a title as well, as all freshmen and sophomores will compete together.

All races are three miles.

Girls Golf

Riverbank's girls golf team stunned Calaveras in a 160-191 home win over the Redskins at the Escalon Golf Course on Thursday.

Tori Sandoval led the team with a medalist performance in 36 strokes while Olivia Luu (38), Yolanda Sandoval (43), Emily Blevins (43), Gabby Macedo (44) and Janelle Luu (48) all carded sharp scores.

The team was rebounding from a narrow loss to Ripon Christian, where the Lady Knights claimed a 158-166 win after a low from Jenny Wickman at 32 strokes. Sandoval shot 37 in the loss while Olivia Luu (40), Macedo (44), Blevins (45), Sandoval (52) and Janelle Luu (52) did well.

Riverbank (3-6 TVL) hosts Ripon on Oct. 4. The Bruins beat the Indians by four strokes in their first meeting in Ripon on Sept. 11.


The Bruins (0-1 TVL, 2-3 overall) had a bye week to prepare for Hilmar (1-1, 5-1), but it won't be easy. The Yellowjackets are a year removed from stunning Escalon for a section title and outlasted Orestimba (1-1, 5-1) 24-19 last week after a key 10-0 swing in the second quarter. Hilmar ran for 267 yards in the win, with 106 yards behind senior runner Jesus Izazaga. The Yellowjackets also intercepted two passes and sacked Orestimba four times. The Yellowjackets' lone loss was a stunning 32-21 defeat to Modesto Christian (1-1, 3-3). It was one of several highly anticipated showdowns between loaded TVL teams. Ripon (2-0, 6-0) emerged the favorite by blasting Modesto Christian 52-0.

Friday's game is at Riverbank at 7:30 p.m.