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Sports Lull Sets In For Riverbank Athletes
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Amid a flurry of flying cheerleaders and flapping flags, the marching band performed together at the final halftime show of the 2018 football season at Riverbank High School. The Oct. 19 game closed out fall sports on local home fields and court – final games were away – but practices have begun for the winter season featuring basketball, soccer and wrestling. Ric McGinnis/The News

The dust has settled, for the most part, on fall sports at Riverbank High School, with just a few events remaining in regional competitions.

Cross country runners will be competing in the Sub-Section meet this Saturday, Nov. 3 in Angels Camp, followed by the Section meet at Folsom High School near Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 10.

For Lady Bruin golfers who qualify, there is the Masters Tournament at Spanos Park Golf Course in Stockton.

Here at home, winter schedules have been released for boys and girls basketball and both soccer teams. There is a rumor there might be a wrestling team this year, but it has not been confirmed by the RHS Athletics Department. For the past few years, individual wrestlers have competed for Riverbank in a number of tournaments around the region, though there has been no formal team for league competition.

Practice has begun and Bruin varsity basketball will get underway with a six-way scrimmage at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. There’ll be another on Tuesday, hosting Sierra High School for both varsity and JV. Enochs High School comes to town on Friday, Nov. 16.

Both boys and girls varsity basketball teams host their Foundation Games, both against Johansen High School of Modesto. They’re set up as charity games, with officials working for free and schools donating their gate receipts to a Section scholarship fund.

The girls first play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7. It’ll be the first chance for local fans to see the Lady Bruins play on their home court this season.

On the soccer fields, Riverbank boys take their first scrimmage on the road, at Franklin High School, in Elk Grove near Sacramento, on Nov. 9, followed by five straight matches at home over the following two weeks.

While the Bruins are hosting Oakdale on Nov. 14, the girls will travel to Cougar town for their first scrimmage of the year. Another follows on Friday, Nov. 16, at home, against Downey High of Modesto.

Their next home match won’t be until Dec. 5.