MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS WRAP-UP
by Lizzy Hearne
Monte Vista women's soccer had an extremely challenging season this year. With only seven returning girls and 11 new players, the Mustangs had a lot to prove to their peers and to their community. Through weeks of hard work and perseverance, they grew as a team, and it began to show on the field.
The Mustangs scored nearly 30 goals during the 2008-09 season, and allowed only 13. Junior goalkeeper Jessie May helped lead her strong defense to 13 shutouts, after senior goalkeeper Taylor Gonzales became injured. Monte Vista women's soccer ended its season with 13-8-2 record.
"If you were to compare the beginning of our season to the end, it was like we were a whole new team," said senior captain Chloe Langon. "Each girl stepped up and I am so proud to have been part of the sisterhood."
Though the graduating players will be missed, the Mustangs are looking forward to another great season next year. "Our team was very close, and we became like a family," said junior Jessie Schiff. Five of the graduating seniors will be attending Division 1 colleges in the fall.
Monte Vista men's varsity soccer endured a season full of highs and lows. Scoring more than 40 goals, the Mustangs at times played great soccer. Captains Kevin Vaughan, Jeff Chavez and Parker Doliber led a team full of spirit, energy and determination, which was evident in last minute victories over Cal and Livermore. Unfortunately, the Mustangs fell short in their first round of North Coast Section, but overall can be proud of their achievements this season. With eight returning players and a talented group of underclassmen, Monte Vista men's soccer has a bright future ahead of it.
The Monte Vista women's basketball team challenged Amador Valley High School on Feb. 18 at their home court. The Mustangs outscored Amador by more than 40 points, with a final score of 75-33. After the game, the seniors on the team were honored. Head coach Ron Hirschman announced that Niveen Rasheed's jersey, No. 24, would be retired, so no future player could wear it. Rasheed plans on attending Princeton University next fall, on a basketball scholarship. Other seniors honored were Nichole Vigar, Alexandria Whalen, Kendyl Bachelor, Christie Beeman and Amil Amin.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Mustangs defeated the SRVHS Wolves, at Dougherty Valley High School, 63-30. Women's basketball finished EBAL with a 13-1 record, and will play their first round of NCS at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at home.
Monte Vista men's varsity basketball played Amador Valley High on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Mustangs dominated the game, outscoring the Dons, 57-44. Senior captain Mark Appel helped give the Mustangs the lead, with 3 three-pointers.
The following Saturday, the Mustangs faced off against cross-town rivals San Ramon Valley High at Dougherty High School. Monte Vista took an early lead, and scored 10 consecutive points before the Wolves even got on the scoreboard. Seniors Taylor Brewster, Brian Barbour and Tyrelle Phillips took control of the court, and led their team to a huge victory. Monte Vista beat San Ramon, 67 to 54, giving them a 12-2 EBAL record.
The Mustangs are scheduled to play in their first round of NCS at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at their home court.
EBALS for varsity wrestling were held at Monte Vista on Saturday, Feb. 21. Two seniors, Alex Duran and Felix Manan, won their matches and are moving on to NCS. Juniors Vasili Karagiannis, Grant Dakin and Nick Ricart are moving on as well.
NCS will be held in Newark during the weekend of Feb. 28. From there, wrestlers who advance will move on to the state competition in Bakersfield.
SAN RAMON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS WRAP-UP
by Tanner Himmelman
The regular season has finally come to an end for the Wolves basketball team. San Ramon ended the season third in EBAL behind only Monte Vista and De La Salle. The wolves did not end the regular season on a good note losing to both the mustangs and the Spartans. That's not how they wanted to enter the NCS playoffs but they are happy they got in.
Their first game was Wednesday, Feb. 24, against James Logan high school in Union City, and the Wolves were defeated, 56-48. The Wolves went into the playoffs as the nine seed and the Mustangs from James Logan high were the No. 3 seed. The Wolves needed solid play from star Chris Mc Nealy and the rest of the starters on the young Wolves team.
Chris, Tony Hernandez, Roy Ressas and C.J. Egan are the only returning varsity players from last year. The wolves hope to forget last year's early exit in the playoffs by making a run for the NCS championship.
Men's varsity soccer is playing in the NCS championship Saturday night. The first two rounds of the playoffs ended with both the men's and women's team advancing.
The boys, who were the No. 3 seed, defeated the Castro Valley Trojans 2-0 on Saturday; they then beat Richmond High, the No. 2 seed, 3-1 on Wednesday. The Wolves face De La Salle High at 7 p.m. at Dublin High School.
The women also are once again in the NCS playoffs as the No. 2 seed only behind the No. 1 team in the nation, the Foothill Falcons. The Wolves managed to get past the first round defeating the Granada Matadors, 3-2, in penalty kicks.
The next opponent was Clayton Valley on Wednesday night, and the Wolves won, 1-0. Next they face Foothill at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Dublin High School for the NCS championship, the fourth in a row for the Lady Wolves.