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Riverbank Boys, Girls Soccer Kick Off Winter Season
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Raquel Jimenez kicks the ball down the field in a Tuesday, Nov. 15, scrimmage that kicked off the 2022-23 varsity girls soccer season on the home pitch. Lathrop’s Lady Spartans visited, finishing on top, 3-2, though the score was not official. Ric McGinnis/The News

Bruin boys and girls teams both hosted Lathrop last week, kicking off their 2022-23 winter soccer seasons. Girls and boys basketball got a start, too, with all teams playing scrimmage, non-league contests.


Lady Bruin Soccer

The Riverbank girls got their start on the home soccer pitch on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with the Lady Spartans visiting Angelo Novi Stadium, leaving with an ‘unofficial’ victory, 3-2. The scoreboard was not in use, but coaches knew what the outcome was.

Scores were not reported from the Stagg Tournament last Friday and Saturday in Stockton.

Though school is out this week for Thanksgiving, the Lady Bruins were to host Oakdale on Tuesday, Nov. 22. They have two more home matches scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.


Bruin Soccer

Boys soccer also hosted Lathrop last week, on Wednesday, with the varsity squad coming out on top, 3-0. Coach Juan Harvey was able to report, unofficially, that goals were scored by Andre Chia, Ivan Garcia, and Gonzalo Luna, since it, too, was a scrimmage, with shortened periods, and no formal score kept.

At the Hughson Tournament last Friday, the varsity beat Central Catholic High School, 4-0; Denair, 1-0; both on Friday, Nov. 18, and Waterford, 2-0, on Saturday.

On Tuesday, even though it’s the Thanksgiving recess, RHS was scheduled to travel to McNair High School in Stockton. They’ll next host Golden Valley High School from Merced, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Varsity girls started up their season on Friday, Nov. 18, at home, against Oakdale, also a non-league game. RHS came out strong, finishing 65-17, on top. They were scheduled to play on Monday this Thanksgiving week, hosting Turlock, then Central Catholic on Tuesday, both preseason match-ups. They’ll play again at home on Tuesday, Nov. 28 against Ceres.


Bruin Basketball

Boys basketball was to start its preseason on the road, at Mariposa on Monday, Nov. 21, then at Enochs in Modesto on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The first home match will be the Foundation Game, a fundraiser for Trans-Valley League projects, on Monday, Nov. 28.


Trans-Valley League games and matches aren’t scheduled to start until January, after the winter break.

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Riverbank senior Anthony Gonzalez, right, goes on the attack in the second half of last week’s varsity boys soccer match on the Riverbank home pitch in Angelo Novi Stadium. The first preseason match of the season ended with the Bruins winning over Lathrop, 3-0, unofficially, since no one was formally keeping score. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Point guard Livi Fernandez, 1, a senior, makes a run down the court in fourth quarter varsity girls basketball action last week. Riverbank hosted Oakdale in a non-league, preseason game that kicked off the 2022-23 season. The Lady Bruins won it, 65-17. League play won’t start until after the winter break. Ric McGinnis/The News