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Riverbank High Sports Squads Start League Play
Riverbank goalie Cesar Cardenas put the stop on a couple of shots by Clovis West in the first half at home on Monday, Jan. 3, in a varsity boys soccer match. In that period one ball did get by, as well as three more in the second half, while the Bruins were only able to respond with one goal. It left the Golden Eagles on top of the non-league contest, 4-1, at the end of the day. Ric McGinnis/The News

Last week, the first week in January 2022, was the first of the New Year, but the last of three weeks of winter break for Riverbank Unified School District students. Nonetheless, winter sports continued, with Trans-Valley League games starting for some sports.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Tuesday, Jan. 4, saw varsity girls basketball begin TVL play, with Riverbank hosting Escalon’s Lady Cougars. After withstanding a couple of Escalon comeback attempts, RHS finished on top, 50-45.

A second home TVL game on Thursday last week saw the Ripon High girls in town, and Riverbank didn’t fare as well against the Lady Indians, falling 63-57.

Riverbank was to travel to Hughson on Jan. 11, after The News went to press, and is scheduled to host Ripon Christian High School next week on Tuesday, Jan. 18 then play Livingston on Thursday, Jan. 20.


Bruin Boys Basketball

Riverbank’s varsity team started its TVL season last week on the road, falling 77-39 to Escalon’s Cougars on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The Bruins battled but just couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting host team and took the lopsided loss. The varsity boys then fell to 0-2 in league as they lost to Ripon’s Indians, 62-42, in the second game of the week.

Boys basketball is set to host Hughson on Jan. 12 and will be on the road for two games next week.


Bruin Boys Soccer

Varsity Bruin boys soccer was to have three home matches last week, but ended up with just two.

The Bruins faced the Golden Eagles of Clovis West High School on Monday, Jan. 3, falling 4-1, in non-league play. On Wednesday, they hosted Ripon High’s Indians, coming out on top, 2-0, in their first Trans-Valley League match of the season.

They were scheduled to host Modesto Christian High School on Friday, but the Crusaders reportedly have withdrawn both their boys and girls teams from play, so it turned into a bye for the Bruins.

They’re set to play at Hilmar on Jan. 12, and will be on the road again, at Escalon, on Friday, Jan. 14.


Lady Bruin Soccer

The varsity girls soccer team started its TVL season on the road last week, in Ripon, falling 6-0 to the Lady Indians, on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

They’ve got two home matches slated for this week, taking on Hilmar on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and then hosting Escalon on Friday, Jan. 14.

Riverbank’s Taylor Macias is surrounded by Escalon defenders during the first quarter of varsity girls basketball on Tuesday, Jan. 4. It was the first Trans-Valley League game of the season, with the Lady Bruins successful over the visiting Lady Cougars, 50-45. Ric McGinnis/The News
Co-captain Eric Verduzco, 10, puts the ball in play from near the end line in varsity boys soccer action last week on the home pitch. The Golden Eagles of Clovis West High School visited on Monday, Jan. 3, in the final non-league match of the pre-season, but left with a win over the Bruins, 4-1. Ric McGinnis/The News
Lady Bruin junior Livi Fernandez works the ball inside the paint, preparing to shooting over an Escalon defender in fourth quarter action of varsity girls basketball, on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Ric McGinnis/The News