NCS Wrap-Up: All Fall Sports Qualify

D. Louie

Michael Roe and Evelyn Alper

After three months of hard work, Miramonte fall sports teams were successful in North Coast Section (NCS) events.

The Miramonte men’s water polo team beat Acalanes 6-5 in the NCS championship, earning the Mats their fifth consecutive NCS title. In a close match, the team proved victorious over Acalanes despite losing to them earlier in the season. Key players included Nick Deaver ‘11, who scored two goals against the Dons, and Cal-bound goalie Jon Sibley ‘10.

“I think the guys did a good job throughout the season and NCS as a team. Teamwork was our goal, and we knew that it would be an essential factor against Acalanes,” said head coach James Lathrop.
Miramonte women’s tennis lost in the semi-finals against Mission San Jose with an overall score of 3-4. Doubles partners, Tyler Townsend ‘10 and Alyssa Wendt ’11 defeated their opponents in a tiring yet rewarding match.

Carolyn Esserman '10 serves the competition         Photo: R. Westin
Carolyn Esserman '10 serves the competition Photo: R. Westin

“Even though we didn’t win NCS, we always supported each other and I’m really proud of how well we did this season,” said Kacy Trumbo ‘10.

Following the death of the beloved women’s golf coach, Jerry Montgomery, last year, the women’s golf team won DFAL, therefore receiving a bye for the NCS qualifier. Their season ended with a 12-1 record. The women’s golf team tied for sixth place in NCS, the highest ranking the women’s golf team has achieved in their history.

After women’s water polo defeated Amador Valley in the first round of NCS 8-6, they lost to Marin Catholic 3-12.

“As a relatively new team with a new coach, I think we made a lot of progress from the beginning of the season and exceeded lots of expectations. But there’s certainly a lot of room for improvement for next year, which is exciting,” said Sierra Robins ‘11.

After a tiring season, the Mats’ football team’s 14-7 victory over Dougherty Valley secured the team a 12th seed for the playoffs. The Mats defeated the fourth seeded Navado Hornets in a crushing shutout 17-0 in an away game Nov. 28th.

The football team suffered a 48-32 loss to the first seeded Encinal Jets Friday Dec. 4th.
“NCS is a tough competition. No one expected the 12th cede to make it to the semi-finals,” said Blake Swimmer ’11.

The Miramonte cross-country team raced at Hayward High School Nov. 21st for NCS. The women runners placed sixth overall, while the boys placed fourth, qualifying for state. Underclassmen runners showed considerable talent, including Mary Doyle ‘12, Tyler Hanson ‘13 and Savannah Ryder ‘12. Other honorable mentions include Peter Buscheck ‘10 and Christian Britto ‘10.

Going into NCS as first seed, Miramonte women’s volleyball received a bye through the first round and defeated Sonoma in the quarterfinals 25-23, 24-25, and 29-27. However, the Mats lost to Sir Francis Drake in a close match in the semifinals 22-25, 22-25, and 19-25.

“We had a chance to go really far this season, and Drake just took us by surprise. We were a good team, we just had a bad night. A hundred good nights are now going to make up for it,” said Mary Diamantidis ’10.