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Friday Night Lights Return To Riverbank High
Alex Nisperos, 23, a junior running back, takes the ball in the first quarter of Friday’s home varsity football game, while teammates block for him and Argonaut Mustang players pursue him. It was the first game on the local field this season, with two of the four games scheduled so far canceled by concerns for COVID restrictions.News Photos By Ric McGinnis

Local high school football fans were able to enjoy a home game this past week as Riverbank High took the field to get in the scheduled non-league action, hosting the Argonaut Mustangs from Jackson on Friday, Sept. 10.

Though four games had been planned since the season began, the previous two had to be canceled because of COVID safety concerns, including the scheduled Bruin home opener on Aug. 27. They were set to host Delhi. On Sept. 3 they were supposed to travel to Clarksburg to take on Delta High School. Both those contests were called off.

Last Friday, Sept. 10, the brand new electronic scoreboard installed in the football stadium over the summer lit up the home field for the first time.

Unfortunately, the Bruins took a lopsided loss in the contest. This week Riverbank has a bye, with its next game, Homecoming, the start of Trans-Valley League competition. Riverbank will host Modesto Christian High School’s Crusaders on Sept. 24 for the Homecoming contest. Following that, the Bruin schedule includes five more TVL games to round out the season.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

Varsity volleyball coach John Bartlett noted that last week’s scheduled games were canceled because members of his team, as well as the freshman squad, were quarantining because of potential COVID exposure.

This week, Thursday, they’re supposed to travel to Livingston for a league match against the Lady Wolves. Then they have three straight home matches on the schedule, all league contests. On Tuesday, Sept. 21 they are scheduled to host Hilmar, welcome Modesto Christian on Sept. 28, then face Ripon on Sept. 30.


Girls Golf

Lady Bruins were to tee off at Gustine on Sept. 14, then compete in the TVL Mid-Year Tournament on Monday, Sept. 20. They aren’t scheduled to play at home again until Tuesday, Sept. 28, when they host Ripon Christian at the Escalon Golf Course.


Co-Ed Cross Country

RHS Cross Country runners don’t have a formal competition on the schedule again until the Trans-Valley League Mid-Season Meet at River Bluff Regional Park in Ceres.