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Winter Sports Winding Down, RHS Seniors Recognized
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Senior guard Areli Zamora, 2, splits the Ripon High defense during varsity girls basketball action at home on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The Lady Indians pulled together at the end, winning 65-57. Ric McGinnis/The News

The end of the season for winter sports in the Trans-Valley League is looming on the horizon, with some Riverbank High senior athletes facing their final home games in the campaign either last week or this one. The occasions are met, team by team, with recognitions, officially called Senior Nights, organized primarily by the Bruins Booster group.

Athletes are introduced, individually, to the crowd, along with their family. Usually, potential plans each student reports are announced as well, including any college options and possible career path.

 

Bruin Boys Basketball

The varsity boys had two games last week, on the road to Ripon High, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, falling 59-42, and Senior Night on Thursday, Feb. 6. They hosted the Huskies of Hughson, going down 59-54 to the visitors.

They were to finish their season this week, on the road, at Ripon Christian today and hosting Homecoming on Friday, Feb. 14.

To avoid having the Senior Night recognition and Homecoming both during Riverbank’s last home game of the season, on Valentine’s Day, they moved up the Senior Night festivities.

Feb. 14 is the end of the season, and a celebration of Homecoming with crowning of new Bruin royalty during the evening.

 

Bruin Soccer

Varsity boys soccer held its Senior Night at its last home match on Feb. 4, clawing and scratching to a 0-0 tie against the visiting Indians of Ripon High School. They were scheduled to close out their TVL schedule on the road at Hilmar on Tuesday, Feb.11.

 

Lady Bruin Basketball

Varsity girls basketball was set for their Senior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 11, hosting Ripon Christian. The game was hosted after The News went to press.

Last week, the varsity squad dropped two, at home against Ripon High, 65-57, on Feb. 4, and traveled to Hughson, getting shut down in that contest, 59-11.

 

Lady Bruin Soccer

Varsity girl kickers close out their season this week, with home matches. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, they were to host the Lady Yellowjackets of Hilmar, then have their Senior Night on Thursday, Feb. 13, facing Escalon’s Lady Cougars here at home.

They lost to Ripon 12-0 on Feb. 4.

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Riverbank’s Gonzalo Luna, 12, intercepts a pass intended for a Ripon High opponent in last week’s Senior Night varsity boys soccer home match. It was the final home match of the Trans-Valley League season. Despite a vigorous battle, the Bruins and the Indians ended up with a 0-0 tie. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Riverbank High cheerleaders celebrated Senior Night, being recognized along with the senior basketball players, many with their families, before the game on Thursday, Feb. 6. The cheer seniors took a turn in the spotlight at halftime. This group features, from left, Kairi Fletcher, Anna Mireles and Nazanine Noory. Others not shown include Diego Avila, Samantha Villaneva, Yvette Tlatelpa, and Areanna Sosa. Ric McGinnis/The News