Though stay-at-home restrictions have loosened in some parts of the state, quarantining stay-at-home rules still kept high school class work online and local sports non-existent. This week’s installment of the special Riverbank sports spotlight shines on three-sport athlete Abel Bravo.
Known to play on “both sides of the ball” during the fall, on offense Bravo is sometimes called upon to be a blocking back or play at wide receiver. And he was able to haul in a pass in the end zone, on the road, against the Modesto Christian Crusaders last September.
On defense, he can be found in the backfield as well, in pass coverage or stopping the run, or a sweep.
Though the Bruins didn’t have a fully-staffed mat squad this past winter, Bravo was able to wrestle in the 132-pound class. RHS grapplers got in a few three-way meets, with another team filling in the empty slots, and a tournament appearance, at Gregori High School in Modesto.
Although it’s only been a few years since becoming a springtime sport for boys in the Trans-Valley League, the Bruins had a field of athletes that were on their way to a good season, before the virus rug was pulled out from underneath their sneakers.
Senior Abel Bravo filled the shoes of server and setter on the RHS varsity boys volleyball team, which posted a 2-2 overall record, 2-0 in league play, as far as they got this year.
Coming next week, a splash of the limelight falls on senior Paola Reyes.