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Riverbank Sports Schedules Winding Down For Athletes
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Ainsley Wood, 6, controls the ball in a first period attack on goal in girls soccer action on the Riverbank High pitch on Tuesday, May 11. The Lady Bruins hosted Orestimba High’s Lady Warriors from Newman, fighting to a 1-1 tie by the end of the day. Ric McGinnis/The News

Sports schedules for Bruin athletes still stretch out a few weeks but many are being knocked off the calendar by COVID concerns. And some may not return after players are being quarantined as a precaution.

An example is boys soccer and a match that was scheduled for last week.

Riverbank was scheduled to host Mariposa High School on Thursday, May 13.

RHS Athletic Director John Bartlett said, “We had to COVID test our varsity team in order to play Mariposa because they are in a different county.”

The result of the testing prompted cancellation of the varsity contest … and more.

“We had one player test positive and, through contact tracing, several others were quarantined. By the end of the day County Health had quarantined the whole team,” Bartlett said of the varsity soccer boys. “Since JV boys don’t practice with varsity, we are able to play our two varsity games (this week) using our JV team, since the teams we are playing don’t have JV anyway. So varsity should be back to normal for the last two weeks of the season.”

But RHS Principal Greg Diaz said they have to proceed with caution.

He noted that if any teams might get quarantined this week, the seniors involved probably would also have to miss graduation exercises, scheduled for Thursday, May 27.

Diaz said he’s given seniors the option to study from home, virtually, for the remainder of the school year.

That also puts the remainder of sports activity in question, as well.

As of press deadline, the continuation of spring season play, even this week, had not been determined.

However, there were plenty of games played last week.

Boys baseball, girls soccer and both boys and girls basketball games were played, with much of the action played out on the home court and fields. The varsity boys took a loss on the diamond, while the hoop squads battled hard but fell on their home court. The varsity soccer girls salvaged a tie on the pitch.

Freddie Anderson, 0, goes in for a lay-up in the second quarter of varsity boys basketball on Friday, May 14. The Bruins hosted Mariposa’s Grizzlies, falling 71-67, in a hard fought contest. Ric McGinnis/The News
Clarissa Heredia, 11, drives on the basket in the fourth quarter of a recent varsity girls basketball game against the visiting Lady Warriors of Orestimba High School of Newman. Ric McGinnis/The News
Riverbank left fielder Elias Amador, 10, hauls in a fly ball in a May 11 varsity baseball game against Waterford. The Wildcats came out on top of the 14-7 final score. Ric McGinnis/The News