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Riverbank Teams Near End Of Spring Sports Seasons
Bruin Eric Wise clears the pole vault in the last home meet of the regular season at RHS. Wise also runs distance races. The Trans-Valley League Championship is scheduled on the Riverbank field on Thursday, May 12. Ric McGinnis/The News

The school year is winding down and spring sports teams at Riverbank High School are also nearing the end of their seasons, some preparing for tournament play this month. Following is a wrap of this week’s action for track and field, soccer, baseball and softball.


Track and Field

The boys and girls track and field squads won their meets last week, comfortably, according to coach Monte Wood.

He mentioned Michael Rodriguez and Ruben Paredez as outrunning a Mountain House competitor in the mile race. They finished first and second, with Rodriguez also finishing first in the 800 yard race.

Coach Wood recognized Omar Montoya, who threw a personal best 45-feet 11-inches in his shot put event. That mark passed an ‘elite’ standard, Wood noted, making Montoya the third to achieve the special recognition this year, along with Lydia Hodges and Sierra Nabors, who both recorded over 15-foot long jumps earlier to earn the status.

“This week we travel to Ripon for the final dual meet of the year. Our boys have a 5-0 record and Ripon is 4-1,” Wood explained. “The girls are 4-1 and Ripon is 3-2, so between the two teams, we have an excellent chance of at least a share of the TVL championship.”



The varsity Lady Bruins dropped a 3-0 loss to Hughson on Tuesday, April 26, at home. The JV Lady Bruins were more successful, winning 5-1 in regulation time. The squads were to play yesterday, May 3, at Ripon. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 5 is Senior Recognition Night, with Riverbank closing its season by hosting Modesto Christian the next week.



Riverbank Lady Bruin softball girls lost a pair of games on the road last week. They lost 5-1 at Escalon on a windy, cold day on Wednesday, May 4, then dropped an 8-1 loss at Ripon. They were tied with host Escalon early but saw the Lady Cougars score four runs in the fifth inning to put the game away.

The Lady Bruins are to host Mountain House today and on Friday play their final game at home against Hughson. It will be Senior Recognition Night.

They finish out their season at Hilmar next Wednesday, May 11.



The varsity Bruin baseball team had a bye week last week, while the JV team hosted Big Valley Christian in a scrimmage game, which they won in five innings, 12-2, a rare opportunity to play on the varsity field. Pitching all five innings to get the win was Christian Fernandez and the JV boys played solid defense behind him throughout the contest. Both teams were to host Ripon yesterday, May 3, then travel to Ripon tomorrow for a 4 p.m. game on Thursday, May 5.