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Sports - February 27, 2009

Monte Vista High School sports wrapup

by Lizzy Hearne

Women's Soccer

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.

Men's Soccer

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.

Women's Basketball

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.

Men's Basketball

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.

Wrestling

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.

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