The Monte Vista wrestling team attended the 27th Valley of the Moon Tournament last weekend, Jan. 9-10. After two days of tough and strenuous challenges, five of Monte Vista's wrestlers placed, including Dylan Crowe, Nick Tsai, Felix Manan, Grant Dakin and George Lallian.
Varsity men's soccer challenged California High School on Jan. 6 on their home turf. The Grizzlies put up a fight, but the Mustangs prevailed in the end, 1-0. Ashwin Subramanian scored from the top of the 18-yard box, during the second half of the match, leading his team to victory. After a difficult loss to Livermore high, the Mustangs came back hungry, dominating Pinole Valley, 5-0. Mitch Stein and Arman Salimpour both scored twice, and Kenny Luke scored once. Assists included Kevin Vaughan, Kenny Luke, and Ashwin Subramanian. Goal keepers Jeff Chavez and Ryan McNutt both had five saves.
With an aggressive offense and a firm defense, Monte Vista women's soccer pulled out two wins this past week. On Jan. 7 the Mustangs played Cal High. The game was dead even, until sophomore Sami Schrakamp put one in the back of the net. After Schrakamp dribbled down the sideline, and cut the ball in, there was no stopping her. The following Thursday, Monte Vista defeated Livermore High as well, 2-0. Senior Cori McGovern scored on a penalty kick in the first half, while fellow senior Chloe Langon scored unassisted in the second half. Junior goal keeper Jessie May had three saves.
MV women's basketball is dominating the competition in East Bay Athletic League so far this season. On Jan. 7 the Mustangs beat Granada High of Livermore, 46-33; and on Jan. 9 beat Foothill High of Pleasanton, 61-33. Top players included Niveen Rasheed, Dani Rabago and Amil Amin.
During the recent winter break, Monte Vista traveled to Nevada to attend the Las Vegas tournament. From Dec. 20-23, they played teams from all over the West Coast region. After advancing to the championship game, MV defeated South Torrance High school, from Southern California.
The men's basketball team has had an extremely difficult schedule for pre-season, but managed to come out of it undefeated, with a 11-0 record. They played their first league game Jan. 6 with a victory over Granada, dominating 68-32. The score was 30-21 after the first two quarters, but the Mustangs pulled ahead in the last two. Top scorer for MV was Zach Ertz with 13 points. They challenged Foothill High school on Jan. 9, outscoring them 69-30. The Mustangs head into the week with a 13-0 record.