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RHS Sports Awards Caps Spring Season
Bruin varsity baseball coach Brian Barnes, far right, awarded his players with the following, from left: Roman Cota, All Bruin; Carlos Villapudua, and Nick Allen, Most Improved. The presentation was part of Riverbank Highs spring sports award night on Wednesday, May 18, at the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS


Riverbank High School coaches wrapped up the spring sports schedule with an evening honoring some of their athletes.

The Wednesday, May 18 event was held at the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium, recognizing students from the co-ed tennis team, girls soccer teams, boys baseball, track and field, and boys golf. Missing was the girls softball team, which was competing in the Division V section playoffs.

RHS Athletic Director John Bartlett welcomed the crowd of parents, athletes and their friends, recalling the high points of the spring season.

He congratulated the boys track team for winning the TVL Championship and those team members who would be competing at Division Trials last week. He praised the co-ed tennis team for finishing the league season undefeated, winning the league championship as well. Bartlett told the audience they won three tough playoff matches to reach the Sac-San Joaquin Section finals before taking second place.

He complimented the boys doubles tennis team, saying they won several tough matches to bring home the Section Doubles title this year.

“We have so many dedicated and talented athletes here at Riverbank High School who work hard and give their all, both in the classroom and on the playing fields,” Bartlett said.

He mentioned the high grade point averages the Riverbank teams have recorded this year, pointing out that each page of the program noted its team’s GPA, which averages 3.18 overall.

As the audience watched and applauded, team by team, athletes were singled out for the highest honors, including All-League and All-Bruin, among others.

Among varsity teams, girls softball was on the road ay Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton, but Coach Cassi Ross had five players who ranked as Scholar Athletes. They included Joslyn Beliera, Raquel Colon, Alyssa Frear, Savannah Pulido and Jennifer Verdin.

Coach Juan Harvey’s varsity girls soccer players Darlene Albor, Citlaly and Mitzi Manzo, Vanessa Mercado and Maria Quintero were designated as Scholar Athletes.

Co-Ed tennis coach Bruce Edwards’ Scholar Athlete girls included Carla Ibarra, Cammi Mauchley and Jackie Pantoja. On his boys team, Alex Alfaro, Luis DeLos Santos, Eliseo Gonzalez, Jason Montalvo and Alejandro Manzo were numbered among the Scholar Athletes.

For varsity baseball, coach Brian Barnes gave a nod to his Scholar Athletes Christian Bolanos, Francisco Pizarro and Nick Allen.

In Track, coach Monte Wood named varsity girls for Scholar Athlete honors, including Valeria Aguiniga, Alexa Gutierrez, Alondra Hernandez, Lydia Hodges, Kylee Jimenez, Aztrid and Graciela Meza, Angelina Moreno, Sierra Nabors and Andrea Ruiz.

For varsity boys, Wood honored Carlos Aguilera, Mark Alderete, Edwin Arana, Noah Glynn, Michael Rodriguez, Diego Ruiz, and Eric Wise as his Scholar Athletes.

In RHS golf, coach Ismael Mercado named Kameron Gilbert as Scholar Athlete and Enrique Vallejo as All Bruin.

After the main awards, coaches and their teams dispersed to classrooms across the campus to hand out individual awards for both varsity and JV players.