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The Lady Bruin var­sity vol­ley­ball squad was back to a two game sched­ule last week, but had tough Tran­sVal­ley League matches, host­ing Hil­mar on Tues­day, Oct. 3, and trav­el­ing to Escalon on Thurs­day last week.

Fac­ing a much taller, pow­er­ful Lady Yel­low­jack­ets team at home, River­bank posted scores of 6-25, 5-25 and 1-25 in a los­ing three­game match.

On Thurs­day, they took on the Lady Cougars at the EHS court, also los­ing in a three straight match. After fall­ing 7-25 and 6-25 to go down 2-0, River­bank bat­tled and hung tough in the third game but ul­ti­mately fell to the host team by a 14-25 fi­nal.

The JV girls also faced tough teams, go­ing down 14-25 and 19-25 against Hil­mar last Tues­day with close losses Thurs­day at Escalon. They kept both games close with the JV Lady Cougars, bat­tling nearly point for point with the host squad, fall­ing 23-25 in the first and then 24-26 in the sec­ond con­test to lose by a 2-0 fi­nal.

This week vol­ley­ball was sched­uled at home yes­ter­day, Tues­day, Oct. 10 with the Lady Mus­tangs of Moun­tain House com­ing to town. They’ll travel to Hugh­son on Thurs­day, Oct. 12 and have a league bye next Tues­day.

Bruin Foot­ball

River­bank’s var­sity foot­ball team was on the road this past week trav­el­ing to Stock­ton to take on Brook­side Chris­tian High School on Satur­day.

The Bru­ins kept it close early, with a 20-14 deficit on the score­board after the first quar­ter, but it was 46-22 by the end of the half.

It was more of the same in the third quar­ter, but nei­ther team scored in the fourth frame. Fi­nal score saw host Brook­side Chris­tian with a 66-30 win over the vis­it­ing Bru­ins.

River­bank re­turns to the home field at An­gelo Novi Sta­dium on Friday, Oct. 13 to host the Delta High School Saints.

JV game scores have not been re­ported.

Cross Coun­try

The Bru­ins had time to get in some prac­tices this past week, with no meets sched­uled. They will next par­tic­i­pate in the Roughrider In­vi­ta­tion in Fresno on Friday af­ter­noon, Oct. 13, said coach Monte Wood.

Lady Bruin Hai­ley Rodgers, 2, puts the ball up and over the net in third game play last week on the home court. The var­sity girls were over­pow­ered by a taller, faster Hil­mar Lady Yel­low­jack­ets team 3-0.

JV Lady Bruin Mikayla Ma­cias, 24, watches while team­mate Paola Reyes, 5, digs out a Hil­mar spike in the first game of a TVL JV vol­ley­ball con­test on Tues­day, Oct. 3, at home. River­bank’s JV lost the best two out of three match.

Var­sity run­ning back Allen Brown, 22, is fi­nally brought down after a sub­stan­tial first quar­ter run through the mid­dle of the line in an ear­lier sea­son var­sity foot­ball game at home. River­bank was on the road this week, fall­ing to Brook­side Chris­tian.

River­bank’s Alysia Beecroft, 12, digs deep to pull out a Hil­mar spike dur­ing the third game of a var­sity girls vol­ley­ball match last Tues­day, Oct. 3, on the home court. Al­though suc­cess­ful in mak­ing the dig, the Lady Bru­ins lost to the Lady Yel­low­jack­ets in three straight games.

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