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Lady Bruin Basketball Program Hosts Youth Skills Clinic
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Young basketball players line up to practice their passing skills during a Youth Basketball Clinic put on at Riverbank High School on Saturday, July 15. This session, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., featured players from kindergarten through second grade, while older athletes worked out, both drills and games, in later sessions. Ric McGinnis/The News

Area youngsters got the chance to improve their basketball skills as the Riverbank High School girls basketball program, headed up by varsity coach Janelle Luu, ran its one-day Youth Basketball Clinic on Saturday morning, July 15.

Hosted in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium on the RHS campus, the morning began with kindergarten through second grade students playing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Coaches, players and a few parents taught skills for passing, dribbling and shooting to the young hoopsters. They had the help of lowered baskets to move them into range for the little tykes.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, third through fifth graders took the courts, then sixth through eighth graders hit the floor from noon until 1:30 p.m.

This first-time clinic was different from the traditional six-week winter clinic that Riverbank High has put on during the regular basketball season, in January and February each year.

Where the RHS girls program went solo for this one-day event, players and coaches from the girls squads normally help out in the winter, where the whole basketball program, boys and girls, pull together for the six weeks of clinics and games.

The Youth Clinic was hosted by Riverbank High School’s girls basketball program in the Fauria Gym on the RHS campus this past Saturday. Three sessions were held, with the first for kindergarten through second grade players. Here, a youngster named Itizel puts up a shot, assisted by players from the RHS girls team in the 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. session. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Getting ready to send off a shot toward the hoop is young Karon, participating in the first session of the Youth Basketball Clinic on the Riverbank High campus on Saturday, July 15. Ric McGinnis/The News