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Youth Basketball’s 50th Anniversary Edition Concludes
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In a contest of light blue vs. dark blue, Riverbank High’s Youth Basketball Clinic games wound down on Saturday morning in the RHS gym. In this match, teams of eighth graders, sponsored by Denair Lumber (dark) and Play It Again Sports (light) faced off in their final game of the six-week season. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank youngsters were able to put a lid on their efforts to learn more and get better at basketball as the high school’s Youth Basketball Clinic concluded its six-week season hosted by Bruin coaches and boys and girls team members. The Saturday, Feb. 8 day full of activities capped off the 50th anniversary season.

The workshop began with two weekends of drills and conditioning, starting just after the new year, then finished with four weeks of competition, team against team, broken down by age groups.

The youngest players took the court at 9 a.m. each week, on lowered backboards, and the oldest, the fifth-sixth graders and seventh-eighth graders playing in the last hour, beginning at 11 a.m.

The clinic was begun decades ago by then-Bruin coach Ron Peterson, the same for whom the basketball season’s Tip-Off Tournament is named at Riverbank High each season.