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Special Track Meet, Tennis Tourney Mark Midpoint Of Spring Sports
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The final leg of relay races finish down the stretch in front of a crowded grandstand at Riverbank High School last Thursday, April 7. It was the Kristina Martinez Memorial Junior High/Middle School Track Meet. Ric McGinnis/The News

A middle school track meet and a day-long tennis tournament brought a number of county athletes and their families to the Riverbank High School campus last week.


Conquerors of the Court

All the tennis courts in town were in use on Wednesday, April 6 as the Bruins co-ed tennis team hosted doubles competition, which started at 10 a.m. and ran most of the day.

Coach Bruce Edwards said that this was the 14th consecutive year of hosting the tournament, despite many activities being limited or curtailed during COVID concerns. He said of the teams competing in the morning session, Hughson won, with Riverbank coming in second, Orestimba third and Escalon finishing fourth. In the afternoon session, Ripon came in first, with Hughson’s second team finishing in second place, while Livingston was third and Waterford fourth.


Middle School Track, Field

Junior high and middle school students from around the county flocked to the Angelo Novi Stadium on the Riverbank High School campus on Thursday, April 7, participating in the Kristina Martinez Memorial Track Meet. Seventh and eighth grade boys and girls competed in the usual track and field events, including 70-meter low hurdles, along with discus, shot put, long- and triple-jump, high jump, distance races and the relays.

Cardozo Middle School in Riverbank did not compete.


Bruin Volleyball

Riverbank boys volleyball hosted the Knights of Ripon Christian High School on Monday, April 4, falling 10-25, 6-25, and 21-25 in Trans-Valley League play. They fell at Hilmar to the host Yellowjackets, 3-1, with scores of 25-27, 25-19, 25-27, and 25-27, a hard fought match of very close games.

They were scheduled to host Waterford on Monday, April 11, and Ripon High on April 13.


Lady Bruin Softball

Riverbank softball players were on the road last week, traveling to Newman to take on Orestimba High School on Monday, April 4. There, they fell to the Lady Warriors, 10-0, in six innings.

They also took a loss, 6-2, in Escalon during Trans-Valley League competition on Thursday, April 7.

This week, girls softball was scheduled to host Livingston on April 12, and take on visiting Hilmar on Thursday, April 14.


Bruin Baseball

Riverbank boys baseball got in three games last week, with home and away games against Ripon, here on Wednesday, April 6, and there on Friday. They came up short in both contests, 10-0 and 18-4.

Then they had a make-up game in the morning on Saturday, April 9, hosting Escalon’s Cougars in what should have been played on April 1, but got postponed by a lockdown caused by a prank that day. The Bruins came up short then, as well, falling 18-8.

They’re scheduled to host Modesto Christian on April 13, then play there on Thursday, April 14.


Next week is scheduled to be Spring Break on campus.

Riverbank tennis player Aaron Rangel returns the ball during an early match in last week’s Conquerors of the Court doubles tennis tournament. In its 14th year, it is hosted by the Bruin team, playing on all the courts in town throughout the day on April 6. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Volleyball players Mario Villalpando, left, and Jason Chapline attempt to block a spike from Ripon Christian High in the second of three games of varsity boys volleyball on Monday, April 4. The Bruins fell to the visiting Knights in Trans-Valley League play. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Riverbank catcher Jackson Tigert dives back safely at first base in a late inning of varsity boys baseball in a make-up game on Saturday, April 9. The Bruins were hosting the Escalon Cougars in a Trans-Valley League contest. Ric McGinnis/The News