Rio Mesa boys’ basketball opens league play tonight

Smiling boy, headshot.

The Rio Mesa High boys’ basketball team is in it for the long haul. Chris Ruffinelli, the Spartans eighth-year head coach, made sure his squad faced a brutal nonleague schedule. They need to be ready for Pacific View League competition and the postseason. Rio Mesa has played Oak Park, arguably the best team in Acorn […]

Rio Mesa wins first-round game, 79-75

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

The Rio Mesa High boys basketball team had an entire week to stew over its loss to rival Camarillo. Head coach Chris Ruffinelli challenged the Spartans to make amends in the postseason. Rio Mesa responded, beating No. 12 Murrieta Mesa 79-75 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA playoffs on Wednesday night […]

Rio Mesa edges Camarillo, 63-61

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

The Rio Mesa High boys basketball team nearly handed the game to Camarillo High on Friday night. Martel Tyler made sure Rio Mesa didn’t come away empty-handed. Tied at 61 with a minute remaining, Tyler pulled the basketball out along the perimeter then sped past his defender and banked in a floater to give the […]

Palmer-Newton sparks Rio Mesa’s win

Payton Palmer-Newton made a special visit to the classroom of Rio Mesa High boys basketball coach Chris Ruffinelli last week.The senior guard wanted to discuss exactly what his role was on the team. Ruffinelli told Palmer-Newton he wanted him to shoot the ball more. Palmer-Newton put those words into action on Wednesday night, scoring 13 […]

Oxnard handles PVL rival Rio Mesa

Boy is trying to defend a ball.

Oxnard High wasn’t about to take any charity from Rio Mesa in its boys basketball game Wednesday night at home, but the once the Yellowjackets were given some, they weren’t about to turn it down. Connecting on 22 of 25 free throws (88 percent), Oxnard had an easy time defeating Rio Mesa 58-46 in a […]