While some winter sports seasons were ending last week, spring athletes were gearing up for their 2018 campaigns.
For boys basketball and girls soccer, they had final home games on their schedules, and cries of “Once a Bruin, Always a Bruin” rang through the evening air as seniors were recognized on the field and court.
In the meantime, boys soccer teams finished their regular season on the road last week.
Monday, Feb. 12 saw Riverbank take out Modesto Christian High School’s Crusaders on their own field, 7-1, then get stung, 2-1 by the Yellowjackets at Hilmar High School on Wednesday. But they were to have a playoff game at Highlands High School in North Highlands, near Sacramento on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 playoffs. Trans-Valley League rival Escalon was to host Delhi in a first round match up Tuesday as well. If both Riverbank, the No. 7 seed, and No. 3 seed Escalon were victorious in their opening round matches, Escalon would host Riverbank in a second round match up on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
For Riverbank’s varsity hoops team, it was a bittersweet victory, 62-57, over the visiting Mountain House Mustangs on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Bitter that it was the final game for the RHS senior class, and sweet that they won.
And bitter, also, that it turned out that there would be no post season for the team.
Despite tying for second place in the Trans-Valley League, the Sac-Joaquin Section of the California Interscholastic Federation, governing body of high school sports, decided on a means of breaking the three-way tie that meant RHS players would stay home.
Boys basketball players waiting to find out about that possible post season berth will only just this week be able to turn out for spring sports.
Lady Bruin Soccer
Varsity girls soccer players bid farewell to their senior players with a final home game on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14. Unfortunately, the visiting Hilmar team didn’t share the love, handing Riverbank a 6-0 loss to end their 2018 season.
Senior Recognition activities were organized for both teams by the Bruins Boosters.
Baseball, softball, track and field, and boys golf teams are in the earliest stages of practice and scrimmage action, with games, tournament play and matches scheduled in the coming weeks.