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Tournament Basketball Comes To Town
Riverbanks Theo Luu drives hard on the basket in third quarter action of opening night of the Varsity Boys Tip-Off Tournament against the Wildcats of Waterford. The Bruins came out on top in that first game, 95-43. Ric McGinnis/The News


With the Wednesday Sports Awards bringing down the curtain on fall sports for Riverbank High, those involved in winter sports were just getting started last weekend.

The varsity girls basketball team traveled to a tournament in Reno, Nevada called the High Sierra Challenge Thursday through Saturday, returning just in time for the final Riverbank boys varsity tournament game on campus Saturday.

The Lady Bruins lost to Churchill County 57-22 on Thursday, then dropped a 35-23 contest to Fernley on Friday. No score has been reported on Saturday’s matchup against Spring Creek, but the girls who came to the boys tournament game said they lost that one as well. The JV girls got in some games in the nearby Escalon tournament Wednesday through Friday.

The Bruin boys varsity had hopes of nailing down a third place consolation win in the Ron Peterson Tip-Off Tournament Thursday through Saturday in the Ray Fauria Gymnasium.

Up against Ripon Christian on Saturday, they had to settle for fourth after a heartbreaking 64-62 loss to the Knights in the closing minute of the game.

Riverbank was forced into the consolation side of the bracket by a 73-63 loss to the Summerville Bears on Friday night. They started out the tournament with a 92-43 win over the Waterford Wildcats on opening night Thursday, Dec. 3.

Back on Nov. 30, the Bruins took a 48-47 win from the Johansen Vikings at their Foundation Game.


Girls Basketball This Week

The Lady Bruins basketball schedule was to take them to Oakdale against the Lady Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Then they are to go to Calaveras High School in San Andreas to take on the Lady Redskins.

The girls will host Buhach Colony from Atwater on Saturday, Dec. 12.


Boys Basketball Schedule

This Monday, Dec. 8, all three boys teams were to play at Downey in Modesto, after The News went to press. Tomorrow through Saturday, the varsity Bruins travel to Loomis for the Del Oro Tournament, with the JV team off and the freshman team playing in the Modesto City Tournament Dec. 9-11.

All three teams unite once more on the home court to host Bret Harte, the Bullfrogs of Angels Camp, on Tuesday, Dec 15.


RHS Wrestling

Riverbank High is fielding a wrestling team, but only has six weight classes filled, so they will only be competing in tournaments, according to John Bartlett, coach and Athletic Director of RHS.