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Winter Seasons Wrapping Up At Riverbank High
The Riverbank High cheer squad performs at halftime of varsity boys basketball last week. The Bruins were hosting Ripon Christian on Friday, Feb. 4. RHS Cheerleaders have only been able to perform a few times this season because of COVID’s effects on the roster, and at the home game the week before, halftime was devoted to Homecoming King and Queen Coronation. Ric McGinnis/The News

With the winter sports seasons winding down this week and last, spring sports practices have begun on the RHS campus.

Both varsity boys and girls soccer teams are expecting to participate in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division 5 Section Playoffs later this week, but by press deadline, neither the start times nor opponents had been set.

The boys are expecting to play sometime on Thursday, while the girls are looking at Friday.


Bruin Soccer

Varsity boys soccer played its final Trans-Valley League match on Friday, Feb. 4, hosting Escalon. Since it was the last home match, seniors and their families were introduced before game time.

The Bruins had to settle for a 2-2 split with the Cougars, bringing their league record to 6-1-3, for second place in the TVL. Their overall record was 10-5-4, a 63 percent winning percentage. The Bruins had a 1-0 lead at the half, only to see the visitors score two goals in the second half for a 2-1 advantage. However, a late penalty kick converted by Riverbank helped them forge the draw.


Lady Bruin Soccer

Girls varsity soccer closed out their TVL season on the road last week, with matches at Hilmar on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and at Escalon on Friday. They took a 2-0 win off the pitch from the host Lady Cougars of Escalon in the regular season finale.


Lady Bruin Basketball

Varsity girls basketball ends the TVL season with a Senior Recognition night on Thursday, hosting Hilmar in the last home game of the season.

The girls played at Ripon Christian on Friday, Feb. 4, winning 56-36, and were to play at Livingston on Tuesday, Feb. 8.


Bruin Basketball

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, varsity boys basketball traveled to Hughson and came away with a 69-67 win against the Huskies, but did not have the same kind of luck at Friday’s game.

On Feb. 4, Riverbank hosted the Knights of Ripon Christian High School, falling 61-48, giving in to their bigger, taller opponents.

The Bruins are to host the Livingston Wolves on Wednesday night, Feb. 9, in the last home game of the season, then travel to Hilmar for the final TVL action this Friday.

Riverbank co-captain Aaron Loaiza, 7, takes the ball away from an Escalon defender during the first half of Trans-Valley League varsity boys soccer. The Friday, Feb. 4, match ended in a 2-2 tie, and closed out the TVL season for the Bruins though they will move on to the playoffs. Ric McGinnis/The News
Senior basketball player Mario Vilalpando, 2, strives against a bigger, taller opponent in the first quarter of varsity boys basketball action last week. The Bruins hosted Ripon Christian on Friday, Feb. 4. The Bruins fell to the Knights, 61-48, after a tough Trans-Valley League battle. Ric McGinnis/The News