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New Scoreboard Installed At Riverbank’s Angelo Novi Field
Returning students may have noticed a change in the stadium on the Riverbank High School campus after classes resumed on Thursday, Aug. 5. Work was underway in the Angel Novi Stadium on the football field, with a project in process replacing the scoreboard on the north end, near Patterson Road. Here, the work can be seen in the early stages. Ric McGinnis/The News
The week before, when school started for the 2021-22 term, students returning to the Riverbank High campus likely saw two new beams sticking up into the air from the north end of the football field, nearest Patterson Road. In contrast, this past week, anyone checking out Angelo Novi Stadium could see a brand new digital scoreboard in place. Where work had been halted while crews awaited a hookup of power to the installation, last Friday, Aug. 13, it was being completed. The replacement comes in plenty of time for the upcoming football season. The first home game is set for Friday, Aug. 27 when the Bruins host Delhi. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank athletes will be returning this week to local fields, courts and courses to compete in the 2021 fall sports season.

Students returning to campus at Riverbank High School this fall were able to notice construction on a new scoreboard in place at the north end of Angelo Novi Stadium.

On those first few days at the end of the first week of classes, a pair of brand new support beams sticking up into the air were starkly obvious on the north end of the football field. Work had halted as crews waited for an electrician to complete the new power hookups to the site.

By the end of this past week, though, the new scoreboard was installed and finishing touches were being completed on it.

The new scoreboard comes in plenty of time for the fall football season’s first home games. It is accompanied by a brand new concrete edge and low chain link fence around that north end of the field. That work makes it finally match the boundary on the south end of the field, completed back when the new track was originally built.


Football Season Starts

For Bruin football, the first home game for the scoreboard won’t come until next week, Aug. 27, when Delhi comes to town, but they first see action on the road this Friday, Aug. 20.

Riverbank football players are set to travel to Tracy then to take on the Millennium High School Falcons. All varsity games begin at 7 p.m.


RHS Girls Golf

Lady Bruin linksters also travel to Tracy for their first match, on Monday, Aug. 23. The next day, they host Orestimba on the Escalon golf course.


Girls Volleyball

Riverbank’s Lady Bruin volleyball players take to the court on the road at first, too, with a trip to the Orestimba Tournament in Newman on Saturday, Aug. 21. They’ll first play at home on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Volleyball games this year will be played at 4 p.m. for freshmen, 5 p.m. for the JV, and 6 p.m. for varsity.


Co-Ed Cross Country

The Bruin and Lady Bruin runners this year will see their first meet at the Trans-Valley League Opener, on Wednesday, Sept. 1. It’ll be held in Ceres.


Winter Sports

Of course, the other beneficiaries of the new scoreboard, the boys and girls soccer teams, won’t begin to use it until the winter season, where practices don’t start until Nov. 1, and matches are scheduled to begin on Dec. 5.