The Riverbank High sports teams found it difficult to schedule the big Sports Awards night this year, so Athletic Director John Bartlett came up with a solution: individual gatherings, by teams.
Two different situations contributed to the problem, an earlier start on Winter Sports schedules and RHS fall teams that were involved in league, division or state competitions, extending well past the regular season.
These overlapping schedules led to the individually scheduled gatherings. Without the one, coordinated event, however, it was difficult to take photos of the award presentations the coaches typically make.
Lady Bruins golf coach Ismael Mercado announced his awardees recently. Vanessa Mercado was named as the team’s All-Bruin. Marisol Garcia was selected as Most Improved Player. She also was the team’s Pro-Am Champion this season. Riverbank District Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services’ Christine Facella was the staff member that won the other side of the Pro-Am Championship.
Coach Monte Wood hosted a large get together for his co-ed Cross Country Team, announcing two sets of awards. Lady Bruin runner awards included Nalley Murguia as All-Bruin, with Diane Murillo chosen Most Valuable Runner, and Aimee Rosales named Rising Star.
On the boys’ side, Coach Wood tagged two All-Bruins: Julian Lopez and Miguel Moreno. His Most Valuable Runner was Ramon Rosas, while Rising Star went to Alec Rios. Adan Salgado received the Coach’s Appreciation Award.
Coach John Bartlett named the 2018 varsity girls volleyball awards. All-Bruin went to Adriana Cuevas, while Outstanding Defensive Player honors went to Mikayla Macias and Areli Zamora was the Outstanding Offensive Player.
Varsity Football Coach Kit Jory Jr. listed his awardees. RHS senior Brian Porter was named All-Bruin. He played wide receiver on offense and cornerback on defense. Juniors were selected as Most Valuable Players: cornerback DeOndre Davis on Defense, with quarterback Bryce Martin on Offense.
In the past, RHS Sports Awards have been held all together, starting with these major honors, then separating into team groups, where the coaches present sports ‘letters’ and other team recognition. This year, the awards were all presented team by team.