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Sports - February 6, 2009

Monte Vista High School sports wrap-up

by Lizzy Hearne

Women's Basketball

Monte Vista Women's Varsity Basketball took on their cross-town rivals, San Ramon Valley High School, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at their home court. It didn't take long for the Mustangs to pull ahead of the Wolves, with a first quarter score of 18-2. Princeton-bound captain Niveen Rasheed helped lead her team to the victory, with a final score of 56-16. Other top players included sophomore Kaylie Williams and senior Alexandria Whalen.

Hoping to keep their winning steak alive, Monte Vista headed to Granada High, where they dominated once again, with a score of 64-35. Top players included seniors Amil Amin and Nicole Vigar. Head Coach Ron Hirschman has faith in his team, he said, and is determined to take them to the North Coast Section championships.

Men's Basketball

Varsity Men's Basketball faced off with rival school SRVHS as well, after the women's game Jan. 27. After falling behind in the first quarter, the Mustangs came back, defeating the Wolves 57-39. Seniors Taylor Brewster and Brian Barbour, who was the top scorer of the game with 19 points, dominated the court. Monte Vista shut down the Wolves' offense, keeping the lead most of the game. Monte Vista and San Ramon will face off again Saturday, Feb. 21, at Dougherty Valley High.

The Mustangs dominated Granada High on Jan. 30, with a score of 59-39. Key players included Zack Ertz and Tyerelle Phillips. With another two wins under their belt, the Mustangs now have a record of 18-2.

Women's Soccer

After a 0-0 tie against Granada High, Women's Varsity Soccer came to their game against Cal High on Jan. 30 ready for a challenge. The teams were in deadlock, until the 73rd minute, when junior Nicole Sharpe scored the game winning goal, giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. After a long throw from Mel Buich, Cori Mcgovern flicked the ball back, where Sharpe buried it in the back of the net. Key players included juniors Jess Schiff, Alex Conti and goalkeeper Jessie May, who had a total of four saves.

Men's Soccer

Monte Vista Men's Soccer played Granada High at home Tuesday, Jan. 27. After a tight match, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Senior Parker Doliber scored the goal in the first half, to tie up the game.

The following Thursday, the Mustangs were challenged by Cal High. Only 12 minutes into the first half, senior Mitch Stein scored the first goal. Monte Vista held their lead, until Cal scored with only six minutes left in the game. With less than a minute left in stoppage time, Brad Bridwell played a long ball over the defense, where captain Kevin Vaughan ran onto it. After a couple touches, Vaughan chipped it over the keeper, securing the win for the mustangs. Other top players included Parker Doliber and goalkeeper Jeff Chavez, who had six saves.

San Ramon Valley High School sports wrap-up

by Tanner Himmelman

Men's Soccer

The San Ramon Valley Men's soccer had high expectations coming into this year. A loss in the NCS semifinals left the Wolves hungry for a championship and this year looks like it could be the year.

The Wolves are 12-2-4 and 5-1-3 in East Bay Athletic League. They were solid last week going 1-0-1 beating Amador Valley, 5-1, and tying the Granada Matadors, 1-1.

The end of the season is near with only four regular-season games left on the schedule so every win now is magnified. Next week the Wolves take on Foothill and California, who both always seem to make a run in EBAL.

Johan Sjogrell (11) commented on the season so far saying, "Coach has seen us develop and gel as a team and we all depend on each other to win, and winning is what we want to do."

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