The San Ramon Valley High Wolves' 2008 varsity football season came to a close Saturday, Dec. 6, when they went up against the Pittsburg Pirates in the North Coast Section semifinals. The Wolves put up a good fight, but unfortunately lost to the Pirates, 49-24.
San Ramon's strategy offensively was to beat them with the pass. This strategy, however, was quickly shut down by Pittsburg's high-powered defense, which picked off SRVHS quarterback Joe Southwick five times. Southwick completed 24-of-44 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns.
Byron Gruendl had 10 catches for 112 yards, Bryce Peterson had four catches for 106 yards, and Brett Trimble had five catches for 145 yards.
San Ramon ended its season with a 9-4 record.
Monte Vista High School sports wrap-up
by Lizzy Hearne
Winter season to begin
Now that fall is coming to an end and winter is just arriving, it's time for a new season of high school sports. During this winter season, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, and wrestling will all compete for a top spot in East Bay Athletic League, striving for the ultimate goal of becoming NCS champions. Pre-season has already begun, and the competition looks fierce.
Men's Varsity Soccer
Men's soccer kicked its season off extremely well. On Dec. 5 and 6, the Mustangs played in the Winter Classic Tournament, fighting their way to the consolation game but falling short in the end when they lost to Amador Valley High, 1-0.
Last Monday, the team played Berkeley High at home, dominating it, 4-0. Goals were scored by juniors Brad Bridwell and Brett Jacobs, and seniors Chris Moon and Mitch Stein. Captains Jess Chavez, Parker Doliber and Kevin Vaughan hope to lead their team to a successful and victorious season.
The Monte Vista women's soccer team has come into this season full force. With the fresh players picked up this year, women's soccer is working hard and dedicating a lot of time to defeat the tough competition in EBAL.
The Mustangs' first league game is at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at home vs. Foothill High. The next day, Saturday, Dec. 13, they will be challenging Clayton Valley away, at 2 p.m. Seniors Amanda Owens, Mel Buich, Cori McGovern, Dani Shrakamp, Taylor Gonzalez and Chloe Langon hope to come out on top during their last year of high school soccer.
Men's Basketball is working toward another dominating season, in hopes of repeating last year's extremely successful season. Coach Bill Powers and captains Brian Barbour and Mark Appel are pushing their team harder than ever to win EBAL this year.
"We are expecting to improve every game and be a top team in Northern California. We are shooting to win state," said Barbour.
The first home game for the men's basketball team is at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 against Oakland Tech. The following Tuesday, the Mustangs will take on Oakland High at home.
"Expect greatness," says Zack Ertz, a senior, one of the top players on the team.
Last season, Monte Vista women's basketball finished second in NCS, losing in overtime to Berkeley High School, one of the top teams in the state. This year they hope to go all the way.
"This is the deepest and most talented team we have ever had and I hope we accomplish the high expectations we have for ourselves," said Niveen Rasheed, current captain, along with Amil Amin. During preseason alone, the Mustangs will compete in the Las Vegas, the Mitty and the Castlemont tournaments. Official league games will begin in the middle of January.
The Monte Vista Wrestling team is putting all its effort and time in improving for the season, with coaches Darrow Crowe, David Ormsby and Octavio Ricart. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the team competed at a tournament at Freedom High School. Michael Ormsby, son of one of the coaches, placed second in the competition, with a record of 4-1. Ian Gaspar, Brandon Dobrec and numerous others placed third.
"It was a tough tournament, and we weren't the best, but it helped improve our skills, that will hopefully lead us to victory in the future," said junior Ian Gaspar.