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Regular Seasons Conclude; Some Teams Move To Playoffs
Lady Bruin center Kiera Fagundes, a senior, struggles to overcome a Hilmar defender towards the end of the varsity girls basketball game, the last one of the TVL regular season. Riverbank beat the Lady Yellowjackets, 63-38, and qualified for playoffs, which were to begin Tuesday, on the home court against Waterford’s Lady Wildcats. Ric McGinnis/The News

Bruin boys basketball season ended with the Homecoming Game, while the girls varsity basketball and boys soccer squads finished up their regular season and are head to the playoffs.


Bruin Basketball

The Friday night Homecoming game, Feb. 10, wrapped up Spirit Week, as well as the regular season, featuring a King and Queen coronation at halftime.

Bruin senior Michael Soriano was crowned king, then returned to the game, but left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Riverbank finished on top of Hilmar, beating the Yellowjackets, 71-57.


Lady Bruin Basketball

The girls finished their season on the road, with a 68-39 win against Hilmar, on Thursday, Feb. 9. They wrapped up their home games on Tuesday last week with a 63-38 victory over the Lady Wolves of Livingston. The team held a recognition night for graduating seniors and their families.

RHS girls finished the season with an 11-1 Trans-Valley League record, 23-3 overall.

That moved the Lady Bruins into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 playoffs, which were to begin Tuesday, Feb. 14. The No. 3 seed Riverbank girls were scheduled to host No. 14 Waterford in the opening round contest.


Bruin Soccer

Boys soccer also finished up the home match season, with two games last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, they beat Ripon’s Indians, 7-1, then held their own Senior Recognition Night on Thursday, just ahead of their last TVL match, winning over Hilmar, 3-0. They finished their regular season with a 6-1-3 record, and a 14-7-4 overall standing.

Riverbank, ranked second in Division 5, was to host a first round playoff match on Feb. 14, welcoming the No. 7 seed Red Hawks of Calaveras.


Lady Bruin Soccer

The girls finished their league season on the road, at Ripon on Feb. 7, with a 5-0 loss. They moved on to the Division 5 playoffs, but were shut out on the road in the Monday, Feb. 13 game, the No. 7 Lady Bruins falling to No. 2 Sutter by a 2-0 final.



A trip to the Divisionals in Hughson, Feb. 10 and 11, closed out the campaign for the Bruin grapplers.

“Our season came to an end, my guys didn’t make it to Masters but they fought hard until the last second of their matches,” said head coach Khrys Daniel. “My senior, Richard (Torrez), left it all on the mat knowing each match was potentially his last high school match. My captain Kaydon (Brawley) and next year’s co-captain Randall (Freitas) gave it everything they had to set a new goal to reach next season, Masters; they kept their chins up knowing that we will come back even stronger next season.”

Now, Daniel said he and the wrestlers will turn their focus to freestyle and starting up a wrestling program for Riverbank youngsters.


News Editor Marg Jackson contributed to this report.

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Riverbank seniors Ivan Garcia-Martinez, 19, and Josue Ulloa, 24, team up to attack the Hilmar goal early in the first half of varsity boys soccer. The Trans-Valley League match was on Thursday, Feb. 9, on the home pitch, with the Bruins finishing on top of the Yellowjackets, 3-0, putting them into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, which started on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Ric McGinnis/The News
Riverbank’s Jovany Perez moves in to kick the ball downfield to a teammate in first half action on the home pitch on Thursday, Feb. 9. The Bruins defeated Hilmar’s Yellowjackets, 3-0, which put them into the playoffs. Riverbank was to host the Calaveras Redhawks in the opening round on Feb. 14. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Riverbank senior forward Lucero Jimenez looks to split the defense and get the ball in toward the hoop in the fourth quarter of the last varsity girls basketball game of the season, on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Lady Bruins defeated Hilmar, 63-38, moving on to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs which started Feb. 14, with RHS scheduled to host Waterford. Ric McGinnis/The News