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Riverbank High Teams Battle In TVL
Riverbank junior varsity player Christian Fernandez, 2, leads off second after rapping out a double in a road game Thursday at Escalon. The JV boys, however, lost a pair of games to the Cougars in TVL play this week. Marg Jackson/The News

The time off for spring break came to an end, as Bruin squads got back to the business of doing battle with rival Trans-Valley League teams in several sports arenas. Here is a recap of some of the week’s contests.



The Riverbank teams did well at home this past week, with a team win against Hughson, finishing with a 7-1 victory.

Highlight of the match, according to coach Bruce Edwards, was the result of the number two girls doubles for Riverbank. The Lady Huskies had been 2-1 in Trans-Valley League play, but lost to the Lady Bruins pairing of Lily Trevino and Jasmine Rubio, who won their first ever league contest, 6-0, 6-0. Both girls showed a lot of emotion after the match was over, according to Edwards. Girls number one singles Jessica Vasquez won a three setter against a good opponent, 6-3, 3-6, and 6-2. The coach said Vasquez apparently benefited from better conditioning, with her opponent showing signs of fatigue and frustration, making several errors in the third match.

Number two singles girl Cammi Mauchley also prevailed, winning a close second set. Edwards said her opponent played a very focused match.

He went on to say that all the boys team players continued with good tennis and have been able to dominate the league. So far, Edwards said, the Bruins boys have won 19 out of 20 matches.

Tennis hits the road this week, but will return for a home match on April 19.



The Lady Bruin varsity soccer team returned to action on Thursday, following time off for spring break, but lost big while hosting Ripon. The final score was 10-0 in favor of the Lady Indians. The last game prior to this match that the Riverbank girls had was on March 24, possibly leaving them a little rusty in the TVL return. JV girls soccer fared slightly better, according to coach Arturo Albor. He said it turned out to be a 0-0 draw against the visiting Ripon team. Albor said, “The intensely hard fought match was exciting to watch, with spectators on the edge of their seats.”

Girls soccer was to be at Modesto Christian yesterday (Tuesday, April 12), then host Hilmar tomorrow, Thursday, and host Escalon next Tuesday.



It was tough last week for varsity Bruin boys baseball against rival Escalon, where they lost both at home and away against the Cougars. And they got blanked in both games, too. On Tuesday, April 5, they managed to get in at least one hit as they traveled north, but took an 11-0 shutout loss. On Thursday, EHS came to visit, where the varsity Bruins were blanked as well, 10-0. Riverbank’s JV, after starting out the season with a pair of wins earlier, fared no better this week, dropping a 17-0 loss on Tuesday and a handed a 20-0 loss on the road at Escalon on Thursday.



The varsity Lady Bruins had a tough outing against the varsity Lady Cougars of Escalon last week, losing a shutout at home, 7-0. They couldn’t get much going offensively and, in fact, were credited with no hits in the contest. They hope to change that this week. They were to play against Le Grand on Monday in non-league action, then are slated to host TVL rival Ripon today (April 13) and play again on Friday, April 15, when they head over to Mountain House.