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Sports - October 31, 2008

Monte Vista High School sports wrapup

by Lizzy Hearn

Football

Monte Vista varsity football dominated the Livermore High School Cowboys, beating them 51-16, at home Friday, Oct. 24. Scoring 41 points in the first half alone, junior quarterback Brett Nottingham helped lead his team to victory by completing 13 of 16 passes.

Other top offensive players included Greg Johnson, who scored two touchdowns, and Danny Wissenger. Top defensive players included David Wilkerson, Sam Sherwood and Craig Lanza.

Monte Vista is looking forward to facing De La Salle today, Oct. 31, De La Salle High School in Concord.

Water Polo

Last week in Mustang water polo, the varsity boys beat Livermore High, 13-8, and Sir Francis Drake High, 12 to 7.

Varsity women beat Livermore as well, with a score of 29-2. Team also beat Carondelet High last Thursday, 22-10.

Top players of the week included Mike Millstein and Kelly Mendoza.

Women's Tennis

The Mustang women's varsity tennis team took on California High School at home Oct. 28. They came out with the win, 7-2.

They also played Livermore High School, sweeping them with a 9-0 victory. Elana Cadet, Jacqueline Murray and Shiyulli Suriyakumar were some of the top players in these matches.

San Ramon Valley High School sports wrapup

by Kaity Ferretti

Men's Water Polo

This past week's match against Cal High was no contest for the No. 1 seeded East Bay Athletic League team, San Ramon Valley. The Wolves crushed the Grizzlies, 25-4, on Tuesday, Oct. 21. San Ramon's strategy going into the match was to shut down Cal's only threatening player causing the offense to falter. Their plan worked, as the Wolves kept the lead the entire time by up to 8 goals.

Goalie Justin Gribble, easily one of the best in North Coast Section, nearly shut out the Grizzlies. One of SRVHS's strongest players, Patrick Weiss, scored three goals, while Jason Roudnev scored five goals. Roudnev was recently presented the "Play of the Week" award as well as the "Hammer Award" for both his performances in the Monte Vista game and Cal High game.

As the water polo season is coming to a close, San Ramon's entire focus is on the upcoming De La Salle game. The Wolves play the Spartans tomorrow, Nov. 1, a game they are avidly training for. De La Salle, second in EBAL, lost to SRVHS during their first match, 8-9. The game was extremely close and the Wolves are anticipating their second game to be the same. NCS post season is coming up in two weeks and the Wolves, among the top four in NCS, are training hard to become the champions.

"It is going to come down to who wants it more and who works hard enough," said Roudnev about winning NCS.

Women's Volleyball

San Ramon varsity women's volleyball swept Amador Valley High in just three games on Tuesday, Oct. 21, the second time the Wolves beat them this season. The Wolves were tied for first in EBAL with the Dons going into the match. San Ramon, now first in league, gained their lead in the beginning and held it until the end. Sammi Buono scored 10 service points in the second game, enhancing the Wolves lead. Leah Foltz played excellent defense by blocking Amador's attempts to score. Annie Begin, who recently suffered from a shoulder injury that rendered her right hand unusable, played her entire game left-handed.

Although Amador fought hard, San Ramon offensively and defensively outplayed them.

"Coming out to this game, we were determined to win and prove that we deserve to be No. 1 in league," said Brianna Vandersloot.

As the Wolves come close to the end of their season, they face games against Granada, Cal, Monte Vista and Foothill. San Ramon has changed its line-up, a strategy that has been working well.

Football

San Ramon Valley's perfect varsity football team record came to an abrupt halt on Friday, Oct. 25, when they lost to the Cal High Grizzlies, 24-21. San Ramon fought hard but unfortunately fell into the Grizzlies' trap. Cal entered the game with a strategy to keep San Ramon's offense off the field for as long as possible. Their plan worked as the Wolves O-Line was restricted to the sidelines for the first nine minutes of the game during Cal's first drive.

After Cal's first touchdown, San Ramon's offense stepped their game up. The Wolves went for a 70-yard drive, resulting in a 14-yard pass from Joe Southwick to Bryce Peterson for a touchdown. Defensive linebacker Garrison Goodman intercepted a pass from Cal, gaining possession for the Wolves. As the game progressed, Cal and SRVHS traded touchdowns up until Southwick connected with Chris Bradley for an 11-yard touchdown, making the score 24-21 with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter. The Wolves continued to fight hard until the very end, but unluckily came up short against the Grizzlies.

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