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Winter Sports Come To A Close At RHS
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Bruin Chris Pea, 30, an RHS senior, puts up a three-pointer from in front of his home team bench in the fourth quarter of the varsity boys basketball finale on Tuesday, Feb. 16. It was the last time Riverbank seniors would be playing in front of the hometown crowd in their high school careers, and marked the end of the 2015-16 season. Riverbank ended up pleasing the crowd at Fauria Memorial Gymnasium that night, posting a 77-65 victory over the Huskies from Hughson. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS


With winter sports closing out the season this past week, Riverbank High is poised to begin spring sports. Some practice schedules started at the beginning of the month, with both boys and girls basketball players joining once their season concluded last week.


Boys Basketball

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Bruin boys basketball teams closed out their seasons at home.

The varsity boys wrapped things up with a satisfying win against the Hughson Huskies, 77-65. Graduating seniors from the basketball team and the cheer squad were recognized prior to the start of the game. In a tough season for the varsity Bruins, they failed to make the playoffs, posting a 6-6 mark in Trans-Valley League play and finishing 11-16 overall.

JV and freshman boys scores were not reported.


Girls Basketball

The RHS girls basketball program ended on the road, against the Lady Huskies of Hughson.

The varsity girls outscored the home team 17-8 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit, and the Lady Bruins closed out their 2015-16 season with a 51-46 loss. They went 4-8 in the TVL this season, 7-18 overall.

The short staffed JV girls went down to a 39-11 defeat. The young Lady Bruins have played most of the season with a bench that is only one or two players deep. Most of the opponent’s teams have twice to three times as many players.


Spring Sports

With some spring sports teams practicing since the beginning of the month, pre-season play was to start this week.

Girls softball was to launch today (Fb. 24) with a scrimmage game at home against Central Catholic High School. They are scheduled to host a scrimmage against Linden tomorrow, Feb. 25. Next Tuesday, March 1, they’re set to travel to Gustine before the Rainbow Fields Tournament, running from Wednesday through Saturday, March 2-5.

Co-ed tennis starts with the Bruin netters hosting the first six matches of the season, beginning by hosting Ripon Christian on Friday, Feb. 26. That’s followed by home matches on March 2, 4, 11, 18 and 22. Friday, March 4 will see the Riverbank Doubles Tourney, an all-day event.

Varsity and JV boys baseball is set to begin on the road, at Waterford, on Saturday, Feb. 27, followed by a home game on Tuesday, March 1 against Johansen High School of Modesto.

Track and field is set to start with a dual meet at home, inaugurating the new all-weather track at Angelo Novi Stadium on the RHS campus on Tuesday, March 1. On Saturday, March 5, the Riverbank runners, jumpers and throwers are to compete in the Sierra Relays at Sierra High School in Manteca.

Girls soccer will begin its 2016 campaign by hosting Weston Ranch on Tuesday, March 1, followed by a tournament at Manteca High School on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.

Boys golf starts on Tuesday, March 1, at Tracy Country Club, against Tracy High School.