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RHS Campus Sees Busy Week Of Sports Action
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As the second day of Trans-Valley League co-ed championship tennis got underway at the courts on the Riverbank High School campus Saturday morning, awards were made for this season’s TVL All-League team members. RHS Coach Bruce Edwards noted that, out of 14 slots for the team awards, 11 went to Bruins. Shown from left, front row, Diego Jimenez, Kelly Pardo, Clarissa Verduzco, Morelia Galvan, Kayci Blevins, and Emily Rios. In the back row, from left, are Cesar Cardenas, Assistant Coach Paulo Leal, Coach Edwards, Frank Manzo, Damian Bolanos, and Xaedon Thomas. Ric McGinnis/The News

The sports fields and courts on the Riverbank High campus this past week were teeming with activity. As the spring season winds down, athletes are continuing to work hard and show dedication to their sports. Following is a brief recap of the action for the Bruins.


Co-Ed Track/Field

The end of the week saw another round of the MVAL Middle School action on the Angelo Novi Stadium track, on Thursday, then the Trans-Valley League Frosh/Soph Championship was held there all day Friday.

The Varsity TVL Championship is scheduled to come to Riverbank on Thursday, May 5 with a 3 p.m. start time for the field events and 6 p.m. for the running events.



At the same time, Riverbank’s co-ed tennis teams hosted the Trans-Valley League Championship Tournament on Friday, then the section qualifier tournament on Saturday.

Before Saturday’s action, the TVL awarded its All-League plaques, with Riverbank snagging 11 of the 14 awarded.

Tennis coach Bruce Edwards noted that Diego Jimenez and Cesar Cardenas, the first seed boys double squad, were honored. Also, first seed girls doubles squad, Kelly Pardo and Clarissa Verduzco, were named.

Morelia Galvan and Damian Bolanos, first seed mixed doubles, qualified, along with Kayci Blevins and Emily Rios, first seed girls doubles, while Frank Manzo and Xaedon Thomas made the list as second seed of boys doubles.

Qualifying in the Saturday tournament, Jimenez and Cardenas came in first in boys doubles, while Kayci Blevins and Emily Rios came in second in girls doubles. Mixed doubles qualified two teams, Bolanos and Monica Hernandez nailed down first seed, while Ward Choeb and Jimena Cuellar placed second.


Boys Volleyball

There was good news for the Bruins on the volleyball court last week. It came in their last home match of the season, on Thursday, April 28. They had to fight through a five-game match, but Riverbank came out on top of the last of the 2022 season, here on the home court.

After losing the first two games, 20-25 and 16-25, Riverbank fought back to three straight wins over Orestimba of Newman, 25-16, 25-21, and 15-11. And it was Senior Night, so the Bruins got to notch the win in front of a number of families and friends.


Lady Bruin Softball

Girl softball players split their results last week, finishing on top on the road, in a 14-3 victory at Ripon Christian on Tuesday, April 26, then falling 5-1 at the Ripon Indians on Thursday last week.

Softball was to play two games this week, hosting Sierra High School on Monday, May 2 after The News went to press, and welcoming Modesto Christian High’s Lady Crusaders on Thursday.

The schedule calls for softball to continue away at MC, next Monday, then at home, for the last time, on Tuesday, May 10, and on Thursday, at Livingston, to finish up against the Lady Wolves.

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Bruin Eric Verduzco, left, digs out the ball from the back row as varsity volleyball teammates Angel Ayala and Diego Jimenez look on. It was in the fourth game of the match, which Riverbank won, 25-21, against the Orestimba Warriors of Newman. It was the last match of the season, with RHS winning, three games to two. Ric McGinnis/The News
RHS pitcher Ivan Benitez took the mound mid-game on the RHS field on Wednesday, April 27. Riverbank came out on the short side of the 12-1 six-inning score. They finished out the 2022 season on the road at Hilmar last Friday, also falling, 12-2.
Bruin tennis girls doubles players Kelly Pardo, left, and Clarissa Verduzco, team up for tournament play on the RHS courts on Saturday, April 30. They were playing in Trans-Valley League matches to determine which teams would move on to the upcoming section finals. Ric McGinnis/The News