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Road Trips For Bruin Squads As Fall Schedule Unfolds
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Riverbank runner Gus Ortiz competes in a 3-mile cross country race in Irvine over the weekend of Sept 15 through 18. Riverbank entered 12 athletes in the different competitions, making the long road trip and coming home with plenty of medals. Photo Contributed

Athletes at Riverbank High School were competing on the road last week, with the cross country squad in Southern California the weekend before. Here is a look at the recent action for the various Bruin teams.


Co-Ed Cross Country

The runners of both the boys and girls squads traveled to Irvine to compete in the Woodbridge Invitational at Silver Lakes Park on Sept. 15-18.

“Eleven of our 12 athletes ran their first 3-mile race, and eight of them medaled,” Coach Monte Wood reported.

Giselle Fernandez finished fifth in her race, while Matthew Santana came in 18th in his.

“These two freshmen are having very good seasons,” Wood said. “Many of our runners set personal records for the 2-mile while running the 3-mile race.”

Wood noted that Gianna Cruz ran a tremendous race. She set a 3-minute PR in the 2-mile during the longer race and her third mile was the fastest of her race.

“The kids had a great time and ran very well,” Wood concluded.

Bruin runners were to compete this week in the second Trans-Valley League meet, hosted at River Bluff Regional Park in Ceres.


Lady Bruin Golf

The golf team has been doing well, according to Coach Ismael Mercado.

“We had the league mid-year tournament on Monday, Sept. 19, at Swenson Park Golf Course. As a team we finished in fourth place,” he said.

The lady linksters were fighting for third place as scores were coming in, and lost to Livingston by just one stroke. Livingston shot a 459, the coach said, while Riverbank shot a 460.

“We are currently tied for third place in the Valley-Foothill South League at this point,” Mercado noted.

The golf girls were to kick off the second half of league play this week, facing off against Hilmar and Orestimba.

“We have some girls playing well right now. It’s going to be exciting as we enter the second half,” the coach said.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

The girls were on the road last week, with matches at Hilmar on Monday, Sept. 19, falling to the Lady Yellowjackets, 10-25, 18-25, 16-25. They were to play at Modesto Christian on Monday, Sept. 26, but aren’t scheduled to be on the home court again until Wednesday, Oct. 5.


Bruin Football

Riverbank had an away gridiron game, varsity only, at Modesto Christian High School on Friday, Sept. 23. They fell to the Crusaders, 35-0, with the host team scoring all their points in the first three quarters.

This Friday, Sept. 30, the Bruins will host Ripon High School, with both JV and varsity games. They’ll host Hughson next week, Oct. 7, as Trans-Valley League action continues.

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Here, RHS senior receiver Richard Torrez, 23, tacks on the yardage after receiving a pass, stretching to complete the 40+ yard pass and run play, for the first Riverbank touchdown of the 2022 football season during the recent Homecoming game at Angelo Novi Field. The gridiron team was on the road this past Friday, playing at Modesto Christian. Photo By Ric McGinnis
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After racing, Riverbank cross country runners Matthew Santana, left, and Nico Periera show off their medals. They were two of 12 RHS competitors in the Woodbridge Invitational at Silver Lakes Park in Irvine in mid-September. Photo Contributed