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Powder Puff And Football Homecoming Staged In Riverbank
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A Senior-Frosh receiver (black jersey) is immediately surrounded during the third quarter of Powder Puff Football play on Thursday, Sept. 15. The special game is part of the Homecoming Week celebration on the Riverbank High campus, with the Junior/Sophomore team finishing on top, 22-0. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

After having the week off before, avoiding some of the recent Central Valley heat, last week saw Homecoming celebrated each day on the Riverbank High School campus, culminating in the Friday night football game.

The Homecoming Game came last Friday, varsity only, hosting Valley Christian Academy from Roseville.

The visiting Lions got on the scoreboard first, including a 2-point conversion, to lead 8-0, for a time, in the first quarter.

Riverbank got on the board, including a PAT, to end the frame down 8-7. Riverbank scored again in the second quarter, but the half ended 30-13, with VCA ahead.

The Bruins didn’t score in the third quarter but the Lions did, ending the period with a 38-13 lead. Both teams scored in fourth, but Valley Christian came out on top, 42-21, though Riverbank football had scored its first three touchdowns of the 2022 season.

This Friday, RHS travels to Modesto Christian, for a 7 p.m. varsity only game.


Powder Puff

Festivities in the Homecoming Celebration on Thursday featured an impressive flag football win, with the Junior/Sophomore team coming out on top. The Sept. 15 event is a traditional part of Homecoming Week each year, but the last few years have ended in 7-7 ties.

This year, the Senior/Frosh team seemed to outnumber the Juniors/Sophomores about two to one. But with effective running and passing plays, the juniors/sophs had a 14-0 lead at the half. The mid-game entertainment included a 20-guy chorus of cheerleaders who performed at midfield. The outmanned J/S team added another 8 points in the final period, finishing the shutout, 22-0.

The stadium lights were on and the stands were packed as the students hit the field for the Powder Puff fun.

“Personally, I always enjoy Thursday night’s Powderpuff event,” said RHS Principal Greg Diaz. “The students and community have really rallied around the participants the last two years, and the crowd we get out to the stadium is just awesome. The stands have been packed.”

Leadership Advisor Ray Perez expressed that the Powder Puff game was one of the highlights of Homecoming week.

“Very thankful for our coaches: Juan Harvey, Janelle Luu, and Rudy Serrato coached the Frosh/Senior team and Mike Carrigg and John Bartlett coached the Soph/Junior team,” added Perez. “The boys were also entertaining as they wowed the crowd with their cheers and stunts.”


Lady Bruin Volleyball

Girls volleyball had two league matches, on the road in Escalon on Monday, Sept. 12, losing in three straight games to the Lady Cougars, 3-25, 14-25 and 7-25. On Wednesday last week, they hosted the Lady Wolves of Livingston, losing in the first and second games, but winning the third, 25-22, before dropping the fourth and final set in the 3-1 loss.

Next, they are scheduled to play at Modesto Christian on Monday, Sept. 26.


Cross Country

RHS runners participated in the Central Valley Classic run in Fresno on Sept. 2, with Giselle Fernandez winning the frosh/soph girls race, and Jynessa Lopez medaling. Matthew Santana medaled in the frosh boys race, according to Coach Monte Wood.

This past week, many of the team traveled to the Woodbridge Invitational.

The second TVL Tournament is coming up on Sept. 28.


News reporter Virginia Still contributed to this report.

In the back row, Riverbank’s Mia Vidal digs out a Livingston serve in varsity girls volleyball as Coach John Bartlett looks on from near the bench. It was fourth game of Trans-Valley League play, with the Lady Bruins falling, 3 games to 1, to the Lady Wolves. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
The Cheer Squad for the RHS Powder Puff game proves that the boys can perform as well as the girls, providing jumps, leg lifts and tosses during halftime on Thursday, Sept. 15. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Here in the fourth quarter, RHS quarterback Chad Haga, 1, hands off to Lawrence Diaz, 7, beginning an end around that would lead to the Bruins’ third and final touchdown. Unfortunately, they fell short, 42-21, by the end of the Homecoming Game, on Friday, Sept 16. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS