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Winter Break Sees Tournament Play
Bruin Basketball
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Bruin Nik Keydeniers, 0, goes up over the defense to lay in a basket during recent action on the home court. The varsity Bruins hit the road for the Mesa Verde Challenge just before the holidays. Ric McGinnis/The News


Despite time off from classes for the winter break, Riverbank High School athletes were active on courts just the same. Here is a recap of recent action.


Boys Basketball

The week before Christmas, the varsity Bruin boys traveled to Citrus Heights to participate in the Mesa Verde Challenge, on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21 and 22.

In the first contest, Riverbank was just edged out, 56-53, against Union Mine on Monday, but they came back strong on Tuesday, defeating Hamilton, 67-52.

The varsity boys were to travel to East Union in Manteca for a game today, Dec., 30, then to Enochs of Modesto on Saturday, Jan. 2, along with the JV and freshman teams.

The JV Bruin boys were scheduled to compete in the Future Stars Tournament at Johansen High School in Modesto just before the holidays, with games Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21 through 23 though no scores were reported.

Trans-Valley League play starts after the first of the year. Next up for all three teams is a travel contest at Mountain House on Tuesday, Jan. 5, then they host Escalon on Friday, Jan. 8.


Girls Basketball

Varsity Lady Bruins also participated in the Mesa Verde Challenge in Citrus Heights Dec. 21 and 22.

On Monday, they beat the home team, Mesa Verde, 34-20. In the second game, on Tuesday, they fell to Amador, 51-27.

Only the Varsity and JV girls were to host Bret Harte of Angels Camp on Tuesday, Dec. 29, then all three are to host Sierra of Manteca on Saturday, Jan. 2. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, they are scheduled to host the Mountain House Lady Mustangs for the start of Trans-Valley League competition.