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This year, the Riverbank High School co-ed tennis team has the skills to compete with any team in the TVL

The Bruins are again led by Bruce Edwards, who is 23-5 in the TVL over the last two years as head coach.

Last season, the Bruins went 11-3 in league for a second place finish which earned them a trip to the section playoffs.

The Bruins have a solid core of returning player's including 2003 All-League selections Javier Contreras and Justin Jarvis.

On the girls side, the Bruins may be challenged. There is only one girl with a full season's experience, Katy Hughes, an All-League choice for 2002.

"Our guys need to work with the girls. They are going to be the difference between a good team and a mediocre one," Edwards said.

Other notable returning players include Tyler Burnett, Nathan Lyday, Rachel Soto and Amber Nickels. Mathew Santin, a newcomer from South America, has also joined the team.

The hunt for the TVL title will be excitin, with Riverbank, Ripon Christian, Livingston, Escalon and Hughson all having the talent to reach the playoffs. With only two playoff berths available in the TVL, the situation should be closely watched.

The Bruins say they will only be satisfied with their third straight trip to the section playoffs.

The season began Friday when Riverbank defeated Bret Harte by 5-2. The Bruins now look ahead to a home match against Modesto Christian this Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Justin Jarvis is a Riverbank High School student