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Cheerleaders, Players Prep For Fall Season Finales
Rodgers Bryant
Lady Bruin teammates Hailey Rodgers, left, and Jackie Bryant work together to attempt to block the ball return, coming back over the net during a recent home varsity volleyball match. News Photos By Ric McGinnis

Riverbank High School’s fall sports seasons, including football, cross country and volleyball, are nearing their end for this year, with just a handful of remaining games and meets.

With only two more games left in Riverbank’s fall football season, one away and the last one at home, the RHS Cheerleading Squad will have some time to relax in November, then handle its winter duties, cheering on the boys basketball teams.

And they’ve had a little bit of time off recently, too, at least from the home field.

Both JV and Varsity squads will have this week off, from home fans anyway, too, with an away game against Big Valley Christian on Friday. Then they’ll be at home for the final game of the season, Nov. 4, which will also be observed as Senior Night.

That’s when football players and cheerleaders from the Class of 2017 will be recognized at the last home football game of their high school careers.

After the last football game of the season, the cheer squad will have some time off to prepare for the winter basketball season.

Bruin varsity football had a bye last week, Oct. 21, and its last game on the road will be this Friday, Oct. 28, at Big Valley Christian in Modesto. Hopefully, Coach Jory’s injured players will have been able to take advantage of the time off so they can return to the active roster.

That leaves only the final home game, on Nov. 4, against Stone Ridge Christian of Merced.

The JV Bruins’ season has been over for a few weeks, with schools on the back end of this year’s schedule not fielding junior varsity teams. Many of Riverbank’s JV players were able to move up and fill in the ranks of the varsity team.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

The girls varsity volleyball team also had a respite last week, with a day off on a bye last Tuesday, Oct. 18, then faced TVL league leading Ripon High on their court last Thursday, taking a loss.

Yesterday, Oct. 25 they were scheduled to travel to Modesto Christian High School to take on the Lady Crusaders and are to finish out their season at home tomorrow, Oct. 27. They’ll be hosting the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets.

Since it’s the last game, and at home, it will be Senior Night, where players from the Class of 2017 play the final game of their high school careers, and are recognized in front of their hometown fans.

The JV girls were to play in the Sacramento Adventist Tournament last Friday, then join the varsity for the final two league games, also closing out their volleyball season.

The JV game tomorrow is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium, followed by Senior Recognition, then the varsity game.


Cross Country

The final Trans-Valley League Meet of the season is set for today, Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Modesto with a 3:30 p.m. start time. Head coach Monte Wood is looking for a solid effort from the young Lady Bruins and sees an opportunity for the Bruin boys to challenge for top honors at the finale.