A busy three days ended over the weekend with the disappointing climax of the Ron Peterson Tip-Off Tournament at Riverbank High School.
The Bruin varsity basketball boys played to victories in winner’s bracket action through the first two rounds of play, on Thursday and Friday, but were handled by Calaveras High School of San Andreas in the championship game.
When state athletics organizations banned the use of the term ‘Redskins’ as a mascot or athletics team name, Calaveras – previously known as the Redskins – decided last year to have no mascot name.
Riverbank started out the championship game on Saturday behind, and never really caught up, at one time being more than 25 points down to Calaveras. They fought back but finished down by ten, 82-72, settling for second place in their tip off tourney. The visitors had at least three players on the floor taller than Riverbank.
At the end, Riverbank’s Beto Jimenez and Robert Cunha were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Bruins were to travel to Delhi on Monday, Dec. 4, but are scheduled to return home against Stagg today, Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Liberty Ranch on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Trans-Valley League play will begin after the start of the new year.
Lady Bruin Basketball
The RHS girls varsity basketball team traveled to Johansen High School in Modesto to take on the Lady Vikings in their Foundation Game on Monday, Nov. 27.
Coach Logan Nabors reports that Riverbank came out on top of a lopsided 68-24 score.
He noted Aliza Teixeira and Hailey Rodgers did well in the game, and while newcomer Mikayla Macias put up eight points, Savannah Macias tallied 25. Both are transfers from Beyer High.
The next games will be on Thursday at Richmond High School, then hosting Ygnacio Valley from Concord, here on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The Lady Bruin soccer teams were to have played in the Sierra Tournament this past weekend, then were scheduled to host Johansen on Tuesday, Dec. 5 after The News went to press. They’re set to take on Oakdale’s Lady Mustangs on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Riverbank’s varsity boys soccer had an easy time of it on Tuesday, Nov. 28, hosting a non-league match against Bret Harte of Angels Camp, but not until some excitement on the field caused a delay near the beginning of the game.
A hit-and-run two-car accident on Patterson Road, which runs next to the field, required the use of a medevac helicopter to transport an injured child passenger to a local hospital, with the chopper using the stadium as a landing zone.
Play resumed after the emergency was taken care of, with RHS posting a solid 7-0 win.
Unfortunately, they didn’t fare as well in the two-day Pitman Tournament, losing to Merced 5-2, and forging a 1-1 tie with Beyer on Friday before losing 3-0 to both Lincoln High School of Stockton and Galt on Saturday.
The soccer boys play away this week, but come home next week for non-league action.