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Volleyball Success, Football Improvement Mark Sports Scene
Bruin Allen
Riverbank lineman Jacob Allen, 54, comes up with a fumble recovery in the first quarter of the varsity football game in Tracy last Friday. Following the 41-13 loss against the Millennium Falcons, the Bruins travel to Modesto Christian High School to open the Trans-Valley League season this week. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Bruin Davis
Second quarter action saw the Bruin offense pull off a ‘gadget’ play in Friday night’s varsity football game. Running back De’Ondrey Davis takes a pitch into the backfield, then threw a pass to quarterback Easton Gutierrez, who pushed the ball across the goal line for the touchdown. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

Some Riverbank sports teams have begun their league contests, with girls volleyball seeing some success and football doing better on the field, according to coaches.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

The volleyball girls traveled to Modesto Christian High School on Monday, Sept. 9, coming away with a Trans-Valley League victory, although no scores have been reported.

On Wednesday last week, Riverbank fell in a three-game match, 25-11, 25-3, and 25-18, at home against the league favorite, Ripon’s Lady Indians. The JV squad dropped two straight games, 25-15 and 25-16, earlier.

This week, they were to host Hughson’s Lady Huskies on Monday, Sept. 16 then travel to Escalon for a Wednesday, Sept. 18 contest.


Bruin Football

Riverbank traveled to Tracy to take on the Millennium Falcons, playing in the West High School stadium.

The varsity team got on the scoreboard on the first play of the game, with De’Ondrey Davis returning the kickoff all the way back to the end zone. They also blanked the Falcons in the first quarter and scored again in the second frame.

However, Millennium put 20 points up in that second quarter and went on to dominate the third quarter but were held scoreless in the fourth. The Bruins fell, 41-13, in the non-league game. The JV game found Millennium on top, as well, at 26-0.

Varsity head coach Anthony Buich said “we played our best game yet” against the Falcons.

“We played so hard, we ran out of our shoes,” Buich said, referring to a play sweeping around the left end of the line of scrimmage.

Video of the play showed a shoe left behind after the run.

The Bruin teams open up their league season on the road at Modesto Christian on Friday, Sept. 20.


Cross Country

On Saturday night, Sept. 14, the team competed at the Kim Duyst Invitational, sponsored by Stanislaus State University, at the River Oaks Golf Course in Ceres, coach Monte Wood reported.

“The team ran great on the 4k course under the lights. Ramon Rosas was the highest finisher for RHS all night by placing seventh overall in the varsity boys race. Adan Salgado also placed in the top 10,” said Wood. “Alejandro Rangel ran a great race and is really starting to put things together as a runner. They led the team to a third place finish over some very good competition.”

The varsity girls, made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, placed sixth overall in the team competition. Wood noted that they ran a great race with most of them running the last 2k faster than the first 2k.

“Freshman Livi Fernandez paced the girls team with a time of 17:00 in only her second high school race. She ran the second 2k 30 seconds faster than the first,” explained Wood. “Miriam Albor came in second for the team and Marissa Cruz was close behind her.”

This Friday, Sept. 20, the frosh/soph girls and varsity boys will be racing in Norco, CA, at the prestigious Woodbridge Invitational.

Saturday the junior varsity boys and girls and the frosh/soph boys will be competing at the Tiger Invitational in Stockton.

Bruin Defense
The Bruin defense teams up to put a stop to a point after touchdown attempt by the Millennium Falcons in the second quarter of last Friday’s varsity football game in Tracy. Despite the successful stop, Riverbank still ended up short in the 41-13 final score in the non-league game. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Bruin Macias
Riverbank’s Mikayla Macias, 24, goes up for a spike deep in the Lady Bruin court in girls varsity volleyball action at home. They lost to the Lady Indians of Ripon 3-0. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS
Bruin Zamora
Left hander Areli Zamora, 2, serves in the third game of a girls varsity volleyball match on Wednesday, Sept. 11. It was a Trans-Valley League contest at home against the Lady Indians of Ripon. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS