FALL SPORTS WRAP

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGIN­NIS NEWS PHOTOS BY RIC MCGIN­NIS

It was a busy week for RHS sports teams, with Lady Bruin vol­ley­ball on the court for mul­ti­ple matches, JV foot­ball on Thurs­day and var­sity foot­ball on the home field on Fri­day. For the Bruin grid­iron team, it was the third home game in a row, but they’ll hit the road this week for a Sept. 15 con­test be­fore re­turn­ing for Home­com­ing on Sept. 22.

Lady Bruin Vol­ley­ball

Af­ter los­ing a tough, tight match, 3-2, to the Lady Spar­tans of Grace M. Davis High School on Thurs­day, Aug. 31, the Lady Bru­ins took on three matches in as many days this past week.

On Tues­day, Sept. 5, they trav­eled to Sut­ter Creek to meet the Lady Buf­faloes of Amador High School, los­ing the match in three straight games, 3-25, 18-25 and 9-25.

On Wed­nes­day, though, it was a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. A home con­test against Downey High that was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Modesto, the River­bank ladies fought to a 3-2 vic­tory.

Scores were 25-12, 21-25, 20-25, 25-19 and 15-12, with the Lady Bru­ins win­ning game one be­fore fall­ing in games two and three. They bat­tled back to even the match at 2-2 with a win in the fourth game, then took the de­cid­ing game in the match to nail down the win.

Thurs­day at home, the var­sity squad lost in three straight games to the Lady Hawks of Delhi.

The JV Lady Bru­ins were to play in a JV tour­na­ment in Oak­dale on Satur­day, but in­for­ma­tion from the tour­ney was not avail­able at press time.

The next home match for vol­ley­ball was to be Tues­day, Sept. 12, with the Lady Cougars of Escalon sched­uled to be in town for a Trans-Val­ley League con­test, played af­ter press time for The News.

Bar­ring any changes in the sched­ule, vol­ley­ball games will all be played away for the next two weeks. They’ll next re­turn home on Tues­day, Oct. 3 to take on the Lady Yel­low­jack­ets of Hil­mar.

Bruin Foot­ball

All the River­bank grid­iron ac­tion this past week was on the home field, with JV play on Thurs­day, Sept. 7, host­ing Escalon’s fresh­man team, and the Bruin var­sity host­ing the Knights of Stone Ridge Chris­tian High School the next evening. Stone Ridge doesn’t field a JV team, so the JV Bru­ins picked up the game with the Escalon fresh­men.

The Bruin JV team held off the young Cougars for the first quar­ter un­til just be­fore the end of the pe­riod, and ended the half down just 7-0. They con­tin­ued to play tough through the end of the third quar­ter be­fore al­low­ing an­other score, but they just couldn’t seem to get their of­fense in gear, ul­ti­mately go­ing down to de­feat, 14-0.

On Fri­day, the var­sity Bru­ins hosted the Stone Ridge Knights from Merced, also stalling in the of­fense depart­ment. De­spite suc­cess­ful plays scat­tered through­out the evening, the 40-0 deficit at the half ended up be­ing the fi­nal score as the host Bru­ins could never break into the end zone.

The var­sity team will travel to Fre­mont this week to take on the Cal­i­for­nia School of the Deaf.

Jenise Per­ry­man, 11, goes up for a kill as Are­lia Zamora, 6, looks on dur­ing sec­ond game ac­tion at home against the Lady Knights of Downey High School of Modesto. The Lady Bru­ins held on for a tough 3-2 game match win on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

RHS JV quar­ter­back Eas­ton Gut­tierez, 2, lines up a throw in the first quar­ter of foot­ball ac­tion at home against the Escalon Cougar fresh­man team. The of­fense just couldn’t get on track in the spe­cial Thurs­day evening game, fall­ing 14-0. Bruin cor­ner­back Brian Porter, 8, suc­cess­fully de­fends against a deep pass in the fourth quar­ter of Fri­day’s var­sity foot­ball game. De­spite keep­ing the Stone Ridge Knights off the score­board in the sec­ond half, River­bank ended up los­ing by a 40-0 fi­nal.

Run­ning back Gior­gio Rotana, 1, tries to pull free from an Escalon tackle with some help from his of­fen­sive line­men. Try as they would, River­bank’s JV foot­ball team just couldn’t get the ball over the goal line, fall­ing 14-0 to the Cougars fresh­man team on Thurs­day night.

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