As varsity men’s lacrosse plays a tight game against Northgate, many of the underclassmen sit on the sideline and watch. In this nail biting-game many underclassmen who would usually play junior varsity receive no playing time at all. This same situation will happen throughout the season as the Mats see low numbers. The Mats are trying to avoid a similar situation to last year where they kept a large varsity and small JV team which forced many varsity caliber players to have to play down for some games on JV.

Miramonte had the option of keeping a small varsity team and small JV team but the coaching staff decided that a deep varsity roster and high level practice reps for JV players would be most beneficial for the program. “I think it helps the underclassmen in practice because it allows them to play against high competition in practice, but it hinders them at the same time because they can’t build that game confidence,” said Senior captain John Berg.

Only having one team may hinder the development of the younger players who will see minimal action on the playing field. Usually, the junior varsity team helps develop those players that by the time they play varsity lacrosse they are ready. Some underclassmen still shine on varsity such as Carson Essbhoy ‘20, a freshman defender. Charlie Hawkins ‘19, a returning varsity player as a sophomore has been a huge factor in the Mats offense. Hawkins scored the Mats only two goals against a strong Davis team and put in a hattrick against Petaluma in a Mats victory.  

Having only one team has not halted the Mats who are currently 2-2 against league opponents.  

Miramonte Freshman Basketball Team Completes Undefeated Season

The Miramonte freshman basketball team finished their season without recording a single loss.

The team amassed a 26-0 record, winning with an average score of 60-36.

Center Trevor Sidlauskas ‘20 realized midway through the season that the team had a legitimate chance to complete an undefeated season. “When we beat all of the teams in our league—that’s when we knew we could beat every single team,” Sidlauskas said.

Coach Teresa Juergens had a very similar thought. “After we played everyone in league once—because we play everyone in league twice,” Juergens said. “After we beat Northgate significantly at their place, beat Campo by thirty, and beat Las Lomas by about the same, I realized that if all goes well, and if they decided to play hard and stay focused, that we would go undefeated. I also knew that it was up to them. No one was going to beat them.”

Point Guard Tanner Zwahlen ‘20 revealed that the team received a burst of confidence after defeating the Miramonte JV basketball team in a scrimmage. “We were leading since the first quarter,” Zwahlen said. “I don’t think they led one time in the game.”

Perhaps the largest threat to the undefeated season was a two-game stretch during which the team won in overtime and in regulation by one point. Zwahlen believed in his team: “I never had doubts,” Zwahlen said. “I knew that we were just going to make it and win.” Juergens had no doubts about the one-point victory over Tamalpais, but that was not the case during the overtime victory over Piedmont Hills. “When it got down to the last minute and we were down by three, some doubts were going through my mind,” Juergens said. “But then once Quenton [Breznikar ‘20] hit that three and we tied it up to go into overtime, I completely believed that we were going to pull it out. They were really focused in overtime.”

Juergens stated that the tryout process was unlike any other year in one respect. “We had 28 kids trying out,” Juergens said. “In years past, I think the most we’ve had is 22. There were a lot of good players. It was difficult to make the final five cuts. But did I know that we would be this good during tryouts? No, I did not.”

Juergens also believes that the team’s camaraderie contributed to its success. “When you really like people that you’re with, you do more for them,” Juergens said. “It makes you be more unselfish. They just fought harder for their friends than they would’ve on their own.”

Miramonte Girls Basketball Wins First NorCal Home Playoff Game

The Matadors took the floor with purpose on Wednesday, March 8th.

Miramonte jumped out to a 24-2 lead. The team did not allow Whitney to score a field goal for the first 6:10 of the game.

The Mats’ fast pace and lockdown defense were simply too much for the Whitney Wildcats to handle. Whitney continued to attempt to slow the pace of the game in order to offset the speed of the Matadors, but after winning the NCS title for the fourth year in a row, the team was motivated to maintain the pressure and keep the Wildcats on their heels. The speed with which the Matadors played was simply unmatchable. The final score was 83-40.

Clair Steele ‘18 led the team with 17 points. Michaela Thomas ‘17 and Jordyn Bryant ‘18 each scored 13.

The Matadors will host the Elk Grove Thundering Herd on Saturday.

“We’re getting better with each game and I think we could potentially go on to win a state championship,” Colette Kirkpatrick ‘18 said of her high expectations for this year’s team.

Kirkpatrick is satisfied with the team’s work ethic, “Everyone is really motivated and we’re all in the same mindset. We work as hard as we can every day.”

Miramonte Triumphs Against Mt. Diablo

On Friday, January 20th at Miramonte, the Miramonte varsity men’s team and Mt. Diablo High School’s gave it their all on the soccer field. The game was ninety minutes of excitement and nonstop action. Not a single player felt unsatisfied with their efforts despite the fact that Mt. Diablo is a less challenging team to play against in the league.

The game began with an impressive shot from captain, Ben Hodder (‘17) that made its way to the back of the goal and put Miramonte in a good position. In the second half, Ross Gruen (‘18) and Conor Roemer (‘19) each scored, putting Miramonte ahead and ultimately resulting in a victory. Mt. Diablo wasn’t ready to be defeated without a fight though and managed to score two goals during the game.

This game was important for Miramonte because winning league games is critical in advancing to the playoffs. As of now, the Miramonte men’s varsity team has eight wins, five losses, and two ties. These promising results make the team and coaches confident that they will have a strong rest of the season.

Mirador Predicts Superbowl 51

Xavier’s Prediction: Falcons 35: Patriots 31– The Falcons are the hottest team in the NFL and the Patriots won’t slow them down. The offense, led by Matt Ryan, has averaged 40 points per game in their two playoff blowouts. Last week Julio Jones proved he is the best wide receiver in the game, embarrassing the Packers secondary for 180 yards and two touchdowns. I don’t see the smaller cornerback Malcolm Butler stopping Julio. The offense is balanced, allowing both running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to mutually shine while still having arguably the best passing game. Both backs are versatile; being a threat on the ground as well as in the passing game. In the last two playoff games the duo has combined for 179 receiving yards. Atlanta’s offensive line led by center Alex Mack, has done a phenomenal job keeping the MVP front runner Matt Ryan clean, only allowing two sacks in the playoffs. On the defensive side, the Falcons have an extremely underrated defense. Although they don’t have many big name guys, they play well as a unit. Last week, they shutout Aaron Rodgers in the first half, putting their offense in great positions. Linebacker Vic Beasley will have to continue to apply pressure to QB Tom Brady. The Falcons must turn the Patriots into an one-dimensional team, allowing them to drop 7 defenders in coverage. If the Falcons corners can be physical with the smaller New England wideouts, they can really limit Brady’s numbers, resulting in a Falcons win.

Robin’s prediction: Patriots 31: Falcons 27 The Patriots have been nearly unstoppable since star Quarterback Tom Brady returned from his four game suspension. New England is coming into the Super Bowl with only two losses this season and one loss with Brady as their playcaller. The Patriots have averaged 35 points per game this postseason with a key blowout win to long-time rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Tom Brady has been nothing but terrific and is a definite MVP contender and should be trouble for the Falcons Defense. His pre-snap adjustments have been unstoppable for opposing teams. Falcons have yet to play a team as premier as the Patriots who finished with the best record in football. Brady missed four games this year and still finished top five in passing yards only behind all- time great Drew Brees.The Falcons will be short-handed in their offense with key receiver Julio Jones playing through a toe injury. This could be a big break for the Patriots star cornerback Malcolm Butler who is assigned to guarding the NFL’s top receiver. Butler is known for his key interception vs. the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX which gave New England its fourth Super Bowl win. Overall the Patriots experience might be too much for the Falcons who are appearing in their first Super Bowl compared to the Patriot’s seven Super Bowl appearances. If the Falcons want to win they need to apply pressure and force Brady to get rid of the ball quicker. The Patriots offensive line is too good to lose head to head battles. The only way I can see the Falcons putting pressure on Brady is if they start blitzing the linebackers, but Brady has proved time and time again that blitzing him only creates more windows to throw to.

Mats Fall to Campolindo in a Disappointing Offensive Performence

As the final buzzer went off, the disappointing looks on the Matadors faces summed up their night. The Matadors’ lackluster offensive performance led to a 47-31 defeat to crosstown rival Campolindo.

The Matadors mixed it up from their traditional man defense, coming out the game in a 1-3-1 zone. However, the Cougars countered the zone by hitting multiple first quarter threes late in the shot clock. There was no question that the Matadors held up on the defensive side of the floor holding the Cougars to just 47 points. In the second half they put on a full court press to disrupt the Cougars guards, but they handled it as they furthered Campolindo’s lead.

On offense it just wasn’t the Matadors night, as they shot under 30 percent from the field. Miramonte’s star center Charlie Hocking returned from an ankle injury  this game and it was evident he wasn’t at 100 percent. Coach Hunter limited his minutes, forcing the Matadors to turn into a 5 guard lineup, limiting their inside presence. Junior Ethan Fischler led the team in scoring and consistently attacked the basket all night.

This Friday the Matadors will take on the 10-6 Acalanes Dons. Both teams have lost their first league game but hold good records.       

Mats Basketball Riddled with Injuries Before Campo Game

          With a matchup against Campolindo this evening looming, the Mats find themselves without their main scorer and down a big man. Charlie Hocking 17’ is out with a short term ankle injury and Enzo Jiannalone ‘18 is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL and Meniscus. Hocking was the Mats MVP in an early season tournament in San Luis Obispo, leading the Mats to a 4-0 record and a tournament championship. Jiannalone was a valuable part of the team,offering the experience of a returning varsity player. The Mats will have to move on without him. Although Hocking is set to return in the near future the Mats have had some opportunity to improve in his absence. “Charlie has been our main scorer this year so different players have had to take on more minutes and step up rebounding and scoring. We hope to have him back for Friday’s game against Campo” Nikhil Shastri ‘18 said.  Players like Miles Beaubelle ‘19, Ethan Fischler ‘18 and Jimmy Ricksen ‘17 have all stepped up in the face of the injuries and are ready regardless of the timetable for Hocking’s return. Fischler came up big for the Mats in last Friday’s victory against Hillsborough with his 17 point contribution. Miramonte currently sits at 10-4 and are set to play at 10-5 Campolindo tonight in the first league game.

Miramonte Basketball Claims Tournament Title

 The Matadors traveled down to San Luis Obispo this past weekend to play in a three day tournament. They capped off an undefeated weekend winning all four games, as well as the tournament title. The Mats were led by senior forward Charlie Hocking who was awarded tournament MVP.  Sophomore guard Miles Beaubelle  was awarded to the all-tournament team.

Miramonte 53 vs Porterville 50

The Matadors opened up the weekend with a rusty match against the Porterville Panthers. The first game jitters were evident as the Mats turned over the ball over 20 times. However, they proved that they could fight through adversity and pull through. Down the stretch both Hocking and Beaubelle hit some critical shots to help the Mats pull away. Beaubelle hit a crucial basket as  to push the lead up to 6 points sealing the game for the Mats.

Miramonte 52 vs Arroyo Grande 45

Miramonte brought their gritty defense in their second game holding the Arroyo Grande Eagles to just 45 points. On both sides competitive and physical defense was played. However The standout of the game was once again senior Charlie Hocking. Hocking scoring 32 of Miramontes 52 points.  Hocking’s 6’7” height proved to be too much for the Eagles inside the paint. When the Matadors needed a basket they went to Hocking’s continued to make baskets all night.

Miramonte 81 vs Roseville 51

The Mats jumped out on Roseville early and never looked back. All game Miramonte’s offense proved to be to much for Roseville’s defense. The Mats’ numerous forced turnovers allowed them to score big in transition. Hocking led all scorers with 26 points- shooting an almost perfect game going 11 for 12 on the night.

 Miramonte 69 vs Selma 65

The Mats closed the weekend on a high note beating the Selma Bears in the championship game. Miramonte led most of the game by double digits. However, the Bears did make there run in the second half. The Mats regrouped and showed composure at the end of the game as they sealed the victory. Miramonte showed their depth as the Matadors bench players outscored Selma’s bench by a wide margin.

Miramonte Cross Country Dominates State Meet

xcOn Saturday, November 26, the Miramonte Girls’ Cross Country team competed in Fresno at the CIF Division Four State Championships on the 5,000 meter Woodward Park course. Following their success at the NCS Championship the week before in Hayward, the girls team travelled to the state meet for the first time since 2005. The team got 5th place overall, with seniors Hannah Fishlow, Rosie Cruz, Emily Freel, Madison Alvarado, Rose Tuttle, and Leila Minowada,  and sophomore Cassidy Haskell representing the Matadors. Cruz, Freel, and Tuttle are new to the team this year, and they have aided the team to their most prestigious success in over a decade. Individually, Haskell won 8th place, with a time of 18:22.7. Despite the challenging conditions on the steep, dusty course, many of the girls beat their personal records. Each girl’s time contributed to a top five finish, ending a remarkable season on a positive note.

Football Ends Season with Playoff Loss to Marin Catholic

The rain continued to pour as the Mats walked off the field for the last time this season. Marin Catholic powered back from an 11 point deficit to beat the Mats 20-18 in the second round of NCS playoffs. Miramonte did have one last chance to win the game after Nick Foster’s ‘17  huge kick  brought them down to the 25 yard line, only to fall short of the field goal. Miramonte finished the season 9-3 and third in league.

The Mats offense was successful for much of the game, overcoming the rain and establishing a good passing game. Quarterback Tim Tague ‘17 threw for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns, bringing his season totals up to a whopping 3085 passing yards and 43 touchdowns. Tague connected with Nick Foster 11 times for 165 yards and a touchdown, Foster’s 17th on the season.

The Mats defense was also dominant until the 4th quarter, allowing just 7 points. The defense was led by Peter Stehr ‘18 with 12 total tackles and Ryan Walker ‘17 with 8. In the fourth quarter the pouring rain and Marin Catholic finally broke down the Mats, who allowed 13 points to drop into a 20-18 deficit.

To put the season in perspective, the Mats lost to three strong teams and continued on the success of last season. The Mats lost to Campo and Clayton Valley, the two top teams in the DAL, as well as Marin Catholic, first in the Marin County league. “It was a great season. I love all my teammates, and I will miss all the seniors. I’m proud of what we accomplished, and I look forward to next season,” Will Cassriel ‘18 said.