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Final events for Bruin spring athletes complete
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The Lady Bruin softball players met for one final get together and dinner in the RHS cafeteria on Wednesday last week. Two of the graduating seniors were recognized by Coach Jeff Borden as having committed to continuing their ball playing next year at Modesto Junior College. They are Sophia DeMatteo, left, a center fielder, and Mahaila Guzman, a pitcher and shortstop. Ric McGinnis/The News

As the last hours and minutes ticked by of the 2023-2024 school year this past week, a few Riverbank High School athletes got in a few more events before fading away to the summer.


State Track & Field Championships

Riverbank distance runner Giselle Fernandez went to the State Track and Field Meet over the holiday weekend, the 104th edition of the CIF event. She competed in the 1600-meter race. It was held in Veteran’s Stadium at Buchanan High School in Fresno.

Although she set another personal record last Friday, she placed 19th, and did not make it to the finals. Her new PR is 4:59.52, just under the five-minute mark.


Lady Bruin Softball

RHS girls players and their coaches put a bow on the 2024 season with a small dinner gathering at the school cafeteria on Wednesday evening last week.

Coach Jeff Borden thanked the six or so JV players who moved up the week before to help out as they played the first game of the Section tournament, on the same day as many players were on the Senior Disneyland Trip.

The coach thanked his players for their hard work this season, and had a special mention for two of his players.

Both centerfielder Sophia DeMatteo and shortstop/pitcher Mahaila Guzman had indicated their interest in continuing to play ball, and Borden was able to connect them with the softball program at Modesto Junior College.

He surprised them with team T-shirts, and game shirts, from the Lady Pirates’ coach at MJC.

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Riverbank sophomore runner Giselle Fernandez competed in the 1600-meter race over the holiday weekend, in Fresno. It was the California Interscholastic Federation State Track & Field Championship. She was able to set a new personal record in her race at 4:59.52. Here, she’s shown crossing the finish line in a 1600-meter race during the Sac-Joaquin Section finals, on the RHS track back in early May. Ric McGinnis/The News