Winter sports, for both boys and girls at Riverbank High School, is poised to get underway in earnest, with just one final piece of business for fall sports teams on campus.
The Sports Awards gathering this past week in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium brought coaches, players and parents together at one time to recognize team accomplishments over the fall sports season.
Freshman, JV and Varsity teammates were recognized for their participation, improvement and dedication throughout the evening on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Honors were given out in boys and girls cross country, girls golf, boys soccer, volleyball and football, with recognition for Most Improved, Most Valuable, Breakout Athlete, and All-League in some cases.
Scholar Athletes Singled Out
Getting special recognition at the event were 19 senior Scholar Athletes.
These are student athletes who, while participating full out in their sport, were able to maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA in the course work at school.
From all four class levels, coaches reported 53 Scholar Athletes were named.
In the senior class, from football, Mark Alderete, Tim Brown, Roman Cota, and Omar Montoya were awarded. Their GPAs ranged from 3.5 to 3.8.
For volleyball seniors, it was Patty Elizondo, with a 4.1 GPA, Astrid Meza scored a 4.2, Sierra Nabors a 3.8 and Jennifer Verdin a 4.1.
Soccer seniors named were Rigoberto Garcia at 3.6, Eliseo Gonzalez with 3.8.
Girl golfers awarded were Savannah Pulido with a 4.1 and Ashley Genasci at 3.8
Cross Country boys were Ruben Paredez with 3.5, Diego Ruiz, 4.3, and Eric Wise, a 4.1
Cross Country girls awarded were Lydia Hodges, 4.0, Elitania Rosas, 3.6, and Kimberly Ruvalcaba, 4.0.
Each team broke up into a classroom for letter awards, certificates and other individual recognition.
Here are some photos from the special awards night. Next week, look for additional sports team recognition pictures.