Warm spring days made for excellent playing conditions for local sports teams, but the unlucky specter of Friday the 13th cast a gloomy spell over some team’s results in Riverbank High action last week. The track at Angelo Novi Field also played host to a junior high/middle school track meet during the week.
The Bruin netters suffered probably the worst luck of the week, losing 5-4 at Ripon High School on Tuesday, April 10. Then on Friday the 13th at home against Mountain House, the win should have picked them up, but Coach Bruce Edwards said, “Though winning the match 5-4, the Mustangs had forfeited three of the matches” while the host Bruins lost three close ones.
“It’s a ‘must win’ at Hughson on Friday, and they are hot right now,” Edwards said.
The varsity boys baseball team suffered a 4-0 loss to visiting Mountain House on Tuesday, April 11, then took another Trans-Valley League on the road, this time falling 11-4 on the Mustangs’ home field on Friday the 13th.
Lady Bruin Softball
The girls suffered their worst loss ever, according to coach Cassi Ross, dropping a 19-0, 10-run rule five-inning game to visiting Hughson on Tuesday, April 10. They did manage to turn around and hand Modesto Christian’s Lady Crusaders a 15-0 drubbing on Thursday.
Track and Field
Riverbank runners, jumpers and throwers had a busy week in the good weather at home last week, with three straight days of action on the home field.
On Tuesday, following practice, the school district held a dedication ceremony for the all-weather track, hosting current and former board members, athletes, parents and other dignitaries to unveil a plaque commemorating the 2015 completion of the project.
On Wednesday, the Bruins hosted a dual meet with Hilmar’s Yellowjackets coming to town, then on Thursday, RHS hosted the Kristina Martinez Invitational junior high meet, which saw 10 junior high schools competing in all events but hurdles and pole vault.
Volleyball was to host Ripon Christian on Tuesday, after The News went to press, while track and field is in action Wednesday, hosting Mountain House and Modesto Christian. Lady Bruin softball is also scheduled to host Escalon today, April 18, and RHS baseball will host Hughson on Friday, to make for another busy week.