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RHS Wrestlers, Basketball Teams Successful In Pre-Season Play
Riverbank wrestler Steve Piñon holds down his Amador opponent during the Saturday, Dec. 14 wrestling tournament at Beyer High School. He won with a pin in the consolation match in the 170-pound division, bringing home a third place medal. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Sophomore guard Anthony Leon, 11, drives into the paint in the first quarter of a varsity boys basketball game, hosting Bret Harte High School on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Riverbank won, leading at the end of each quarter, finishing the non-league game on the home court with a 59-41 victory. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Wrestler Aden Little, on the right, holds on to his Mountain House opponent, preventing him from getting a point for a reversal in the Dec. 14 wrestling tournament at Beyer High School in Modesto. Little held on to win on points, 8-7, taking the 132-pound first place medal. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

Riverbank basketball teams, both varsity girls and boys, saw success on the courts during the past week, as classes recessed for the winter break. Because other schools have not yet gone on their break, games were also to be played this week.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Girls varsity had a successful week, with two wins on the home court.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Lady Bruins wiped out their non-league opponent, the Lady Hawks of Delhi, 63-3, on the home court.

The next day, they hosted the Lady Lions of Big Valley Christian High School from Modesto, winning that contest by a 64-31 decision.

Riverbank’s Lady Bruins were set to host the Lady Wildcats from Sonora on Dec. 17, then travel to Davis High in Modesto for preseason action on Thursday, Dec. 19.


Bruin Wrestlers

Riverbank High does have a wrestling team this year. Though not complete in all weight categories, there were enough to compete at a tournament at Beyer High in Modesto on Saturday, Dec. 14.

There, the grapplers found some success.

Most notable, Nathan Alanis, in the heavyweight classification, won his last three matches, all via pins. He came home with a championship medal.

Also successful was Aden Little, competing at 132 pounds, winning the championship match on points, 8-7.

Also placing was Steve Piñon, who wrestles in the 172 pound division. He won the consolation match with a pin, taking home a third place medal.


Bruin Basketball

Varsity boys basketball saw success in a busy last week of school, both on the home and away courts including play at a weekend tournament in Turlock.

On Dec. 10, the Bruins hosted Bret Harte High School from Angels Camp, posting a 59-41 victory. They then traveled to the Frank Godinez Tournament in Turlock, starting with an 81-38 loss to the Golden Valley Cougars of Merced on Dec. 12. The next day, they beat Franklin High School’s Yellowjackets from Stockton and finished the tournament action with a win on Saturday, beating Merced High School, 56-37.

They were set to travel to Central Valley High School in Ceres on Dec. 17, then have a home game set for Monday, Dec. 23 against Stagg High School from Stockton.

Riverbank senior Abimael Contreras, 4, looks to put the ball up under the basket during first quarter play against Bret Harte High School in non-league varsity boys basketball action at home on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Bruins defeated the Bullfrogs, 59-41. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Bruin grappler Nathan Alanis is about to take down his Orestimba opponent in the wrestling championship match at Beyer High School on Dec. 14. Alanis won two earlier matches, and took home the championship medal in the Heavyweight division, all wins by pin. Ric McGinnis/The News