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Winter Sports Season Winds Down For Bruins
Riverbanks Aliza Teixeira (15) struggles through Ripon High defenders during the Lady Bruins final home game of the season on Thursday. Despite their hard work the RHS girls lost the home finale, 55-34. Ric McGinnis/The News


With a busy week closing out the home season for the Lady Bruins, the girls basketball teams hosted two teams in three days last week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Riverbank’s varsity girls took care of the Lady Yellowjackets of Hilmar, defeating them 44-35. The JV girls didn’t do quite as well, falling 55-21.

On Thursday, the varsity held its Senior Recognition Night before the start of their game, honoring those for whom it was the final home game of their high school careers. Unfortunately, the hometown crowd was disappointed with the result of the contest against Ripon, ending up down 55-34 at the buzzer.

The JV girls fared no better, taking a 40-28 loss in their contest. There is no freshman girls team.

The Lady Bruin teams were scheduled to close out their 2016 campaign yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Hughson.


RHS Boys Basketball

While the Bruin girls basketball teams were at home all last week, the boy’s teams were on the road, with a split decision while playing away.

Then a makeup game against Mariposa to close out the week provided an opportunity for a ‘Flashback’ Friday in the Bruin Gym.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Riverbank was at Hilmar, where they won 73-58, while neither the JV team nor Frosh scores were reported.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, RHS varsity boys lost to the Ripon High Indians, 62-48, with the Indians undefeated in Trans-Valley League play and taking the league title. The JV and Frosh teams suffered the same fate, losing to the host Indians in their games, 54-36 and 61-45, respectively.

With folks crowded into the Bruin Gym on Friday, Feb. 12, the varsity boys team took a trip back in time to experience what home basketball was like before the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium was built.

Unfortunately the Riverbank team was outscored by the Mariposa Grizzlies, 74-55. The game did give an opportunity for many on the bench to get some playing time, however, as it was a non-league contest.

This week, Bruin teams were to host Hughson on Tuesday, Feb. 16, too late for press time for the News, to close out the season, featuring Senior Recognition Night before the varsity boys game.


Spring Sports Coming to RHS

In the past few weeks, as winter sports wraps up, spring sports teams at Riverbank High have begun regular practice, with tennis, track and field, baseball, softball and girls soccer all underway, with games, matches and meets ready to begin within the next couple of weeks.