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Fall Season Finale, Winter Sports Gear Up
Bruin Golf
The Riverbank High Lady Bruin golf team finished up its fall 2019 season in sixth place in the Valley-Foothill League, out of eight teams, according to coach Ismael Mercado. Shown, back row from left, Vaneza Toro, Marisol Garcia and Mercado. Front row from left, Sophia Ayon, Christina Lares, Sabrina Gomez and Marlen Montoya. Not pictured is Daniela Ruiz.

The Lady Bruins Golf Team finished its 2019 Valley-Foothill League season in sixth place out of eight teams, according to coach Ismael Mercado.

He reports the squad has made significant progress this year, but hopes to do better next year.

“We had four new golfers and three returnees from last year,” he said.

While the team played through some hard times, they did enjoy some senior leadership.

“Our senior golfer, Marisol Garcia, made all league,” Mercado reported. “She was one of the 10 golfers who received all league recognition in the South Division. Marisol also qualified to the Division V Sections at Auburn Valley Golf Course.”

Garcia ended her season at the Section competition.

“Although she didn’t move on (to Masters), I am extremely proud of her. She worked hard all season long and is well deserving of her accomplishments,” added Mercado. “We have six golfers returning next year. We hope to continue to build on our positives from this season and hopefully next year we can make bigger strides.”

This is the official “between seasons” time for the bulk of Riverbank High School athletes, with most having last week off and official practices for winter sports not kicking off until Monday this week.

Coming up for the winter campaign will be both boys and girls sports for several teams. The Bruins will feature boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys volleyball and, hopefully, a wrestling team, if enough weight classes can be filled.

In the recent past, RHS grapplers – boys and girls – have had to compete as independent individuals, in just a few weight categories. That prevents them from hosting matches here on campus. Hopefully, there’ll be enough of a turnout to merit a home match schedule this year.