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Spotlight Fills Sports Void For RHS Athletes
View From The Sidelines 4-15-20
RHS senior Mikayla Macias, 20, shoots through the defense from inside the key in varsity girls basketball action at home at the end of January. The TVL game was against the Lady Cougars of Escalon, on the Riverbank home court. Ric McGinnis/The News

As efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Riverbank continue, schools remain closed, with “distance learning” the words of the day to finish up the academic year. But there’s no way “distance competition” will work for RHS student athletes, so their spring sports seasons are over, having just barely started.

In response to the situation, the Riverbank News continues to highlight activity from this year’s senior student athletes by “spotlighting” their on court/on field accomplishments in story and photos. Many of them are multi-sport athletes.

For this week, we have RHS senior Lady Bruin Mikayla Macias.


Varsity Girls Volleyball

Sporting jersey number 24, Macias excels at several positions, filling a variety of roles during the fall season, moving from server, to setter, to spiker, to digger, depending on where she was in the team’s lineup rotation.


Lady Bruin Basketball

During the 2019-20 winter varsity girls basketball season, Mikayla switched from jersey number 3 to 20. Also able to shoot from outside the three-point arc, she most often was found under the boards, either shooting or rebounding. Being the tallest on the team made the battles for position or possession of the ball just a little easier for her to handle, especially since she displayed tenacity every time she stepped on the court.

She has played on the RHS hardwoods for the last few years, including the 2017-18 campaign when she was on the roster alongside her sister, Vanessa, who graduated that year.


Track and Field

In the curtailed spring sports season this year, Mikayla was only able to participate in one home track meet before things were canceled. She competed in the girls shot put as well as long jump and/or the triple jump.


Next week, we plan to feature senior Bryce Martin, also a three sport athlete.

Mikayla Macias lets go with a shot put during the school’s only home track meet this season, a three-way meet on March 10. The bulk of the spring seasons for all sports were canceled in response to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The season, and classes, were disrupted for all RUSD students, but especially graduating RHS seniors. Ric McGinnis/The News
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In action this past season, Mikayla Macias returns an opponent’s ball during intense pre-season competition for the varsity girls volleyball team late in September last year. The Lady Bruin senior filled a variety of roles during the fall season, then moved on to basketball for the winter and had a short-lived track and field season this spring. Ric McGinnis/The News