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Showers hit RHS track meet, multiple teams in action
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Riverbank’s Maya Williams returns the ball in girls doubles action in a Trans-Valley League tennis match at home against Escalon on Thursday, March 28. Ric McGinnis/The News

In a week of on again, off again rain showers, Riverbank High School hosted a three-way track meet under some soggy conditions this past week. Several other teams were at home as well, including tennis and baseball.


Bruin Track & Field

The rain poured pretty steadily on Angelo Novi Stadium, on Wednesday, March 27, where the Bruins hosted Escalon and Modesto Christian athletes. At least one race had to be restarted because a runner slipped and fell at the gun.

Despite the wet conditions, several Bruins did well. Giselle Fernandez set a season record in winning the 3200-meter race, at 12:14.09. She was also part of the 4x400 relay team that placed first at 4:40.27.

Maya Guzman did well, also, finishing first in the 300-meter hurdles, at 54.01, a first in the 100-meter race, at 13.11, first in the long jump, at 15-feet, 2.5-inches, and a first in the triple jump, at 33-feet, 4-inches.

Miranda Calderon was part of the 4x100 meter relay team that came in second at 55.89.

Since this week is Spring Break at RHS, the next track meet is at Hughson on April 10.

The next day, the parking lot by the gym was jam packed to overflowing with students participating in the Junior High meet, with schools from all over Stanislaus County competing. At the same time, Bruin baseball hosted a game, as did the tennis team.


Bruin Co-Ed Tennis

Riverbank hosted Escalon, adding to the congestion, and the results of the match were not clear, according to coach Bruce Edwards.

He reported that Escalon accidentally “did not adjust their ladder (matchups) for a player that did not show.” He said the rules state that if a player is not available, they should “move players up on their skill ladder to play.”

He said the Cougars number two girls singles player was expected to come late, but she failed to appear. He said Escalon should be forfeiting the match their number three played, as well as the number two singles match. Edwards noted that if the Athletic Directors and principals agree, “then Riverbank would win, 5-4. Otherwise, Escalon wins, 5-4.”

There is no date set yet for a determination, as schools are currently on Spring Break.

RHS will next play at Ripon on April 9.


Bruin Baseball

Last week, Riverbank lost at Ripon on Tuesday, March 26, 15-2, and hosted the Indians, on Thursday, losing 5-1. The Bruins will take on Modesto Christian twice next week, home and away, on Tuesday and Thursday, as they continue the Trans-Valley League schedule.


Lady Bruin Softball

Riverbank girls started out on Monday last week, at Linden, falling 5-2. On Thursday, March 28 they fell by an 8-4 final at Escalon. That was their first TVL game of the season.

Their next league game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, hosting Hughson.


Bruin Boys Volleyball

On Tuesday, March 26, Riverbank lost at Hilmar, 3-0, and then fell by the same score at Escalon, losing in straight sets to the host Cougars on Thursday, March 28. They’ll play next on Tuesday, April 9, hosting Stone Ridge Christian from Merced.

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Bruin sophomore Xavier Lopez takes a turn on the mound in the second inning of varsity baseball action on the home field during earlier season play. This past week they faced Ripon, falling in a pair of Trans-Valley League games. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Lady Bruin catcher Denise Vargas blocks the plate and gets ready to put the tag on the Escalon runner attempting to score from third during action in a Trans-Valley League game on March 28 in Escalon. The host Lady Cougars won by an 8-4 final in the TVL opener for the teams. Marg Jackson/The News