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RHS basketball continues, soccer goes on the road
Bruin senior Hector Benitez dribbles the ball in from the corner in varsity boys basketball last week on the home court. Riverbank led at every stage of the game, finishing with a 73-46 decision over the Hilmar Yellowjackets. Photo By Ric McGinnis

Riverbank varsity basketball boys split a pair of games this past week, winning at home and losing a heartbreaker on the road. The Lady Bruins came away with a pair of hoop wins and, due to field conditions, school officials noted that both boys and girls soccer will be playing on the road for the foreseeable future.


Bruin Basketball

Riverbank hosted Hilmar on Wednesday, Jan. 24, posting a 73-46 win against the Yellowjackets, in Trans-Valley League play. They had the scoring edge the entire game. On Friday, though, they suffered a one-point loss to rival Escalon, on the road, falling 66-65 to the Cougars. The loss came in overtime; the teams battled through regulation with several lead changes late in the fourth quarter before ending in the tie.

Escalon capitalized on free throws in the extra frame to get the win.

At the end of the week, the Bruins’ record stood at 5-3 in league play, in fourth place, 16-7 overall.

This week, they were to play at Ripon on Jan. 30, and host Senior Night against Hughson on the home court Thursday, Feb. 1.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Riverbank’s varsity girls had no problems with either of these same two league opponents last week, winning on the road over Hilmar, 52-35, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and over the Lady Cougars at Escalon, 58-45. The Thursday game at Escalon was close early, but a fourth quarter surge lifted Riverbank to the victory. Their record last week stood at 7-1 in TVL, ranked in first place, and they are16-4 overall.

This week, they were to host Ripon High on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and will travel to Hughson for league action on Thursday, Feb. 1.


Bruin Soccer

The Bruin varsity soccer boys had mixed results during their recent action, with a win on the road against Escalon, 3-1, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, then taking a loss to the Huskies of Hughson, 1-0, on Thursday, Jan. 25. Their record was 6-1 in TVL, for first place, and they were 9-10-4 overall.

They were to travel to Livingston to face the Wolves on Jan. 30, and go to Hilmar for a Thursday, Feb. 1 contest.


Lady Bruin Soccer

Action for the varsity soccer girls saw them meet with bad luck in both matches during the week. Though they didn’t lose, they also didn’t win, earning a pair of draws and failing to score a goal. They played to a 0-0 tie at Escalon on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and tied again, 0-0, against Hughson’s Lady Huskies on the road on Jan. 25. Their record stood at 1-4-2 for TVL at the end of the week, 2-14-5 overall.

RHS girls were set to go to Livingston on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and are scheduled to play at Hilmar on Thursday, Feb. 1.


Riverbank High Athletic Director Juan Harvey has noted that recent changes in the soccer schedules have been made necessary because of the weather.

He said they were scheduled as away games because the home pitch is too wet, and unplayable.

“The goal is to try to play as long as possible away from our field to preserve it for Senior Night celebrations, and the playoffs, but if the weather continues to be poor, we may not be able to use it anymore,” Harvey explained.

Lady Bruin Rayne Tago comes down the court against Escalon during a road game on Thursday, Jan. 25. Tight through much of the game, Riverbank finally pulled away in the fourth quarter to post a 58-45 victory. Photo By Marg Jackson
From the corner, outside the three-point line, Riverbank’s Walter Felix puts up a shot near the end of the varsity boys basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The visiting Yellowjackets of Hilmar were stung, 73-46, by the Bruins in Trans-Valley League play. Photo By Ric McGinnis