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Three-Sport Athlete Abel Bravo Shines For RHS
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RHS running back and sometime wide receiver Abel Bravo, 14, hauls in a touchdown pass in the Modesto Christian end zone. It was in the third quarter of a game at the Crusaders’ stadium in late September, 2019. Ric McGinnis/The News

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.

Riverbank senior wrestler Abel Bravo competes in the 132-pound class of a tournament at Gregori High School in Modesto. The January contest was one of just a few that the RHS crew competed in during the season. Ric McGinnis/The News
Serving is a key skill, and a requirement for putting the ball in play, in both girls and boys Riverbank High School volleyball matches. Here, senior Abel Bravo shows how it’s done successfully, in early 2020 action on the home court. Ric McGinnis/The News