The high school winter sports season continued this past week, despite students remaining on vacation. Classes were to resume this week.
And Trans-Valley League competition remained in high gear, as well.
It was a 1-2 punch to Riverbank’s basketball programs last week, with both the boys and girls teams taking on the Indians of Ripon.
On Thursday, Jan. 3, Ripon’s girls teams came to town, with a potentially devastating mix up narrowly averted in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium.
The problem came up just as the junior varsity tip off was about to be launched. Because of the holiday, some of the team members were not present for the game, and the JV team had trouble fielding a team. A freshman player that has been playing on the varsity team was called upon by the JV coaches to play with their team.
She was just about to jump in the tip off when her varsity coach called the referees’ attention to the problem.
After a few phone calls, the JV teams, Riverbank and Ripon, proceeded to scrimmage until the varsity teams were ready to enter the court. Riverbank was forced to forfeit their game.
The real problem, as noted by varsity coach Janelle Luu, was that, if the player moved back down to the JV level to compete, it would cause a forfeiture of the TVL games already in the record books, and possibly force the team to forfeit the remainder of their season as well. It could very well disqualify the JV team’s games, too.
Luu is a RHS grad who has returned following her college basketball career to take on coaching the varsity team girls.
After that, the varsity game started early, with the Lady Bruins falling 57-25.
A similar fate befell the Bruin varsity boys on Friday, Jan. 4, when they traveled to Ripon for their league match. The Indians squeaked by with a four-point win, 68-64.
The end of the first quarter found Riverbank down by seven points, 20-13, but they remained close through most of the game, seeing several final shots at the end come up short, including the last, near half-court throw.
With school resuming this week, basketball play intensifies, and only a month remains on the schedule. Bruin boys were to host TVL rival Hughson on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and will also host Oakdale on Friday, Jan. 11 in non-league play. Next Tuesday they’ll go to Ripon Christian.
The girls team was to travel to Hughson for a Jan. 8 game, taking on the Lady Huskies, then returning home against RCHS next Tuesday.
Neither boys nor girls soccer matches were played during the past week, but were to resume on Tuesday, Jan. 8 with school back in session.
The Lady Bruins were to take the field in Ripon on Tuesday, with a bye on the schedule for Thursday, Jan. 10. They return home next Tuesday, hosting Hilmar.
Bruin boys were to host Ripon on Jan. 8, and host Modesto Christian on Thursday, Jan. 10.
Both their seasons will end early in February.