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Bruins Basketball, Soccer Continue TVL Schedule
RHS sophomore Valeria Valenzuela, 3, brings the ball down court near the end of varsity girls basketball TVL play on Thursday, Jan. 16, on the home court. Hughson’s Lady Huskies came out on top, 67-18. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Bruin senior guard Abimael Contreras, 4, puts up a shot for two points in the first half of Trans-Valley League varsity boys basketball on the home court on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Ric McGinnis/The News

Trans-Valley League play continues as January wears on. Bruins squads, boys and girls, are busy on the basketball court and soccer pitch.


Bruin Basketball

Varsity boys basketball action continued last week, with games both on the road and at home.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Riverbank was on the home court and took a 60-56 loss in a hard fought game against the Ripon Indians. Then they traveled to Hughson, to take over the Huskies’ court, winning 56-45, on Friday, Jan. 17. The Bruins outscored the host Hughson team in every quarter, 15-11 in the first and 12-11 in the second for a slim 27-22 lead at the half. Over the third and fourth quarters, the margin grew as the Bruins put in 29 points in the final two frames to the 23 for the Huskies.

The boys are scheduled to host Ripon Christian on Thursday, Jan. 23 and travel to Livingston on Friday, Jan. 24. After this week, there are only three home games remaining of the six on the schedule.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Girls varsity basketball suffered at home and away last week. They faced the Lady Indians in Ripon on Tuesday, Jan. 14, falling 72-23, then hosted and lost to the Lady Huskies of Hughson, 67-18, on Thursday last week. They trailed at Ripon, 32-18, at the half and had trouble scoring against Hughson, down 31-12 at halftime and held to no points in the fourth quarter.

They travel to Modesto Christian for action on Thursday, Jan. 23 and go to Livingston on Friday.

The down side of girls basketball for Riverbank during the rest of the season is the discontinuation of the JV squad. Too many disqualified athletes forced the combining of the remaining few players with the varsity team.


Bruin Soccer

Varsity boys soccer did well on the road last week, with a 4-2 TVL victory in Ripon and a 6-0 win at Modesto Christian High School.

They were to welcome Hilmar’s Yellowjackets for a match here Tuesday, Jan. 21 after The News went to press, and host the Escalon Cougars on Thursday, Jan. 23.


Lady Bruin Soccer

Varsity girls soccer lost at home to the Lady Indians of Ripon on Jan. 15, falling by a 4-1 final. The teams scored one goal apiece in the first half but Ripon put in three unanswered goals in the second half to walk off with the win. Riverbank was also scheduled to play at Hilmar on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and then travel to Escalon for a Thursday, Jan. 23 contest.

Riverbank guard Julian Barajas, 21, hangs in the air to drop in the two-point bucket, getting between four of the Ripon defenders in third quarter action of varsity boys basketball on the RHS home court on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Indians prevailed over the Bruins, 60-54, in the league game. Ric McGinnis/The News
Lady Bruin senior Evelyn Duarte, 12, tries to get the ball back near the end of the TVL varsity girls basketball game against the Lady Huskies of Hughson, on Thursday, Jan. 16 on the home court. Ric McGinnis/The News