The 2014 Fall Sports Banquet was held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Ray Fauria Memorial Gym on the Riverbank High School campus.
RHS Athletic Director John Bartlett welcomed athletes, their families and friends, who participated in cross country, soccer, football, volleyball, and girls golf. He congratulated them on putting forth their best efforts and displaying “outstanding sportsmanship” throughout their respective seasons.
Bartlett also gave a rundown of team accomplishments. He pointed out the boys and girls cross country teams both ended their seasons as Trans-Valley League Champions. He said both teams advanced to the section meet, where the girls team placed second overall and advanced to the state meet to be held over the upcoming Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Brothers Emmanuel and Adan Chavez also advanced to the cross country state meet as individuals, according to Bartlett.
Bruin Boys Soccer won the TVL title this season and advanced to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Division V playoffs.
Alyssa Mickelson qualified for the section girls golf tournament as an individual.
Bartlett recognized the TVL choices at RHS for Scholar-Athlete awards. The printed program also listed 12 seniors, 10 juniors, 10 sophomores and 14 freshmen as scholar athletes for the school district itself. They have maintained a 3.5 or better grade point average during the season. Bartlett praised them for working hard and giving everything they have, both on the playing field and in the classroom.
Bartlett then introduced the coaches who introduced their individual sports awards:
RHS Football: Offensive MVP - Kory Gilbert; Defensive MVP - Jorge Jimenez; All-Bruin - Nathan White; Most Improved - Daymon Mayfield and Most Valuable Player - Jose Ariza.
Golf: All-Bruin - Alyssa Mickelson; Most Improved Golfer - Stephanie Alarcon; and 2014 Fall Pro-Am Champion Pairing - Sandra Ramirez and Coach John Bartlett.
Volleyball: All-Bruin - Kenia Medina; Best Offensive Player - Sierra Nabors; Best Defensive Player - Briana Allen and Most Improved - Alicia Gonzales.
Boys Cross Country: All-Bruin - Emmanuel Chavez; Runner of the Year - Adan Chavez; Most Improved - Carlos Martinez and Rising Star - Kendall Camp.
Girls Cross Country: All-Bruin - Haley Richardson; Runner of the Year - Kim Ruvalcaba; and Most Improved - Stephanie Bernal.
Soccer: All-Bruin - Rodrigo Quintero; Offensive MVP - Oscar Jimenez; and Team MVP - Eduardo Estrada.
After the main assembly, teams separated to locations around campus for Block ‘R Awards and other recognition.