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First Home Game For Football, Two In A Row For Volleyball
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Bruin senior quarterback Elijah Castellanos takes a snap in the first quarter of varsity football action, the first on the home field for the 2023 campaign. The Bruins hosted Denair, and ended the contest with a 20-0 loss to the Coyotes. Ric McGinnis/The News

It was a busy week at home, for Riverbank High athletes, as girls volleyball hosted two games in a row, and the Bruin football team saw its first home game of the campaign.


RHS Football

Angelo Novi Stadium was busy Friday night, Sept. 1 with football on the home grass for the first time in the 2023 season.

The Bruins hosted Denair High School, in a non-league game, falling 20-0. The Coyotes were able to score six points in each of the first three quarters, adding one 2-point conversion along the way. The Bruins, coming off their first win in several seasons on Aug. 24, could not get anything going against Denair and took the shutout loss.

Riverbank travels to Sacramento this week, to play Florin High School on the Monterey Trail High field.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

Riverbank girls doubled up on the home court this past week, taking on Waterford on Wednesday, and Orestimba from Newman on Thursday.

They had a hard time with the Lady Wildcats, falling 8-25, 14-25, and 20-25 on Aug. 30. They did better the next day, splitting the first four games with the Lady Warriors, winning the first and fourth, but falling short in the tie-breaker, 8-15.

The Lady Bruins were to travel to Hughson on Sept. 5, then host the Lady Cougars of Escalon on Sept. 6.


Lady Bruin Golf

Riverbank’s girl golfers were to take on Escalon High at the Escalon Golf Course Tuesday, after The News went to press, and then travel to Hughson for a match on Thursday, Sept. 7.


Co-Ed Cross Country

The cross country runners, both boys and girls, were to compete in their first Trans-Valley League meet this week, at River Bluff Park in Ceres, then return there on Saturday for an invitational meet.

Senior Lilly Calderon, 9, knocks the ball over against the Lady Warriors from Newman in the first game against Orestimba High. Riverbank split the first four games, but fell to the visitors, 8-15, in the fifth and deciding match. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Bruin junior running back Gabriel Nisperos makes a second quarter gain with the help of senior Jose Piceno and other offensive linemen as the Bruins try to even the score against Denair. The Coyotes scored again toward the end of the frame, ending the half ahead, 12-0. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Riverbank’s Avah Luu, 12, handles an Orestimba serve during the first game of non-league varsity girls volleyball on Thursday, Aug. 31. Ric McGinnis/The News