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Riverbank High hosts alumni basketball tournament
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The winners of Riverbank High School’s Alumni Basketball Tournament pose for a championship photo after two days of compelling games. Contested between 11 teams of RHS graduates, some older, some younger, the champion Red Dragons team was a group of older alums who persevered over a team made up of recent grads. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank basketball fans got an extra visit to the courts over the weekend, but it came with a conundrum — who do you root for when all the teams in a tournament are a home team?

The answer might lie with the question of what years did you attend Riverbank High?

It was the annual Alumni Basketball Tournament, Friday evening and Saturday morning, June 28 and 29, with games played in both the Bruin Gym and the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium. Eleven teams played in 18 games over the two days, with the Red Dragons coming out on top with the championship trophy, winning 61-52, over the Unit-6 team, made up of primarily recent grads.

The start times of the game schedule were about every hour, with a game running two halves of 20 minutes each. They started at 5 p.m. Friday, and finished up with the championship game starting about 1 p.m. Saturday.


Summer Practice Schedule

The basketball tournament put an interesting cap on the early summer practice season for many RHS athletes preparing for seasons in the upcoming school year.

Beginning on Monday, July 1, the California Interscholastic Federation rules mandated a couple of “dead” weeks in the practice schedule.

Where football, soccer, tennis and girls basketball teams all had summer practice sessions, they are all required to cease for two weeks. Practices can’t resume, according to the CIF, until Monday, July 15.

The first official practices for fall sports can begin on Monday, July 29.

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The Red Dragon team, in red uniforms, takes on the Unit-6 team, in pink, during the championship game Saturday at Riverbank High School. It was the final game of the two-day Alumni Basketball Tournament, with the older team, the Dragons, coming away with the winner’s trophy. It’s clear to see that some plays were more reminiscent of football action than basketball. Ric McGinnis/The News