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Sports resume for Bruins with Trans-Valley League play
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Riverbank point guard Niah Tago, 20, looks for an opportunity to pass the ball into the middle of the court during a preseason home game against Golden Valley High School of Merced. The Lady Bruins were scheduled to host two games this week, kicking off their Trans-Valley League season against Hilmar on Jan. 2 and Escalon’s Lady Cougars on Thursday, Jan. 4.

News Photos By Ric McGinnis

Local sports action was sparse for Riverbank High School athletes this past week. All final preseason games were on the road as 2023 faded into the rear-view mirror.

Basketball, soccer and wrestling squads now will jump into the Trans-Valley League season.


Bruin Basketball

Riverbank High School’s varsity boys basketball team beat McNair High in Stockton on Friday, Dec. 29, finishing on top of the Eagles, 58-54.

Trans-Valley League play was to begin for the hoopsters this week, the varsity boys with a scheduled 7 p.m. tip off Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Hilmar. They will be home to host the Escalon Cougars on Friday, Jan. 5.


Lady Bruin Basketball

With an eye toward another strong campaign, Riverbank’s varsity girls basketball was to tip off its TVL season with a ‘home game against Hilmar on Tuesday, Jan. 2. They will also be at home for their second TVL contest, hosting the Escalon Lady Cougars at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.


Bruin Soccer

Last week, the varsity soccer boys beat Johansen High School in Modesto, winning 3-1 over the host Vikings, on Thursday, Dec. 28. They were to play at Laguna Creek on Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and start league play on Friday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m.; they will travel to play at Escalon against the host Cougars.


Lady Bruin Soccer

At the Ripon Christian Tournament during the holiday break, Riverbank was 0-for-3, falling to get a win and shut out in all three contests. They lost to the host Lady Knights, 3-0, on Wednesday, Dec. 27, and to Central Valley Christian’s Lady Cavaliers from Visalia, 3-0. On Thursday, Dec. 28, they lost to Oakdale’s Lady Mustangs, 2-0.

They soccer girls will be starting their league season on Friday, Jan. 5, as they host Escalon’s Lady Cougars at 5:30 p.m.

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Lady Bruin Alondra Toro puts up a shot earlier in a preseason game against Golden Valley of Merced. The Lady Bruins didn’t play this past week, the final week of winter break, but their next scheduled contest is in Trans-Valley League action as they host Escalon in a contest on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Senior forward Alex Ayala brings the ball down the pitch in a varsity boys soccer match earlier at home against Venture Academy from Stockton. Riverbank played all their matches on the road this past week, and were to begin their Trans-Valley League season with play also on the road this week, including a Jan. 4 game at Escalon.
Riverbank’s Diego Arauza brings the ball through defenders in an earlier match against Venture Academy of Stockton. The senior defenseman, along with the rest of the Bruin squad, was to begin TVL regular season play as school classes resumed this week, after the winter break.