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Riverbank Grads Training Youngsters On Basketball Skills
Luu sisters
Team Luu demonstrates dual passing basketball drills for the young girls at Silva Park last week. It was the continuation of a city recreation department summer camp that ran from June 29 to July 3. Riverbank sisters Janelle and Olivia Luu, back to camera, both RHS and Jessup University basketball grads, are sharing the skills they developed with the fifth and sixth grade girls who participated. Ric McGinnis/The News

A pair of Riverbank High graduates has returned to town to help young girls here acquire basketball skills sponsored by the city Parks and Recreation Department.

RHS grads Janelle and Olivia Luu, who both went on to play and graduate from Jessup University in Lincoln CA, have been teaching fifth and sixth grade girls their passing and ball handling techniques at Silva Park in Crossroads.

It began as a summer camp sponsored by Riverbank Parks and Recreation back at the beginning of July, but has continued with interested girls. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, camp size has been limited to help promote social distancing while still being able to get in useful basketball practice.

Janelle is slated to return as varsity girls basketball coach at RHS, despite the sports schedules being pushed back and doubled up.

According to the California Interscholastic Federation, the statewide organization that regulates high school sports, basketball, for both boys and girls will be ending mid-June next year, getting a much later start than usual.

Normally, basketball starts mid-November and ends in early February, but this year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIF has scheduled fall sports to be delayed until January 2021 with winter and spring sports to be combined and start about the middle of March. Some winter/spring seasons will continue to the end of May or the middle of June, well after the school year is normally over.

While sister Janelle will be returning to RHS this year, sister Olivia Luu was expecting to leave Riverbank this week, headed for Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, where she will serve as a graduate assistant with the women's basketball program there.

The Luu sisters come from a basketball dynasty family, including brothers Theo and Ty, who also shine on the court.