Matadors Spring Into Fall Sports Action

Kaitlin Fenn, Staff Writer

Football: So far this season the Miramonte football team is 4-1, beating St. Mary’s, Analy, Alameda, and Dublin, and losing to top-ranked Marin Catholic.
“So far we’ve had moments where we’ve shown we can compete and beat anyone we’re matched up with,” co-captain Rene Clark ‘14 said. “But we need to be more consistent in order to achieve the goals that we set out to get by the end of the season.”
The team’s goals this year are to win league and make a deep run into NCS.
“At the end of the day we want an NCS ring,” Clark said.
Campolindo will be the biggest competition for the Mats this year within league play, and in NCS, Marin Catholic, El Cerrito, and Cardinal Newman will all pose challenges to reaching the championship.
“We are looking pretty good so far this year but big roles will have to be filled by younger kids since we have so few kids playing this year,” co-captain Dominic Paoletti ‘14 said. “But now that we have our quarterback Drew Anderson ‘14 back [from injury last season] that is a big help, in addition to having Clark and Kris Booze ‘14 on the offensive side of the ball.”
Although they struggled with replacing Zati Williams ‘13, Marshall Deutz ‘13, and Conor Bruen ‘13, they have been able to find guys to step up and produce.
“I believe that with the team we have and the hard work we put in everyday, we can be league champs,” Paoletti said.
Both Clark and Paoletti are looking forward to taking on rival Campolindo, in what is always a competitive and intense game. The Mats take on Campo at Campo tonight at 7:00 pm so come out and supports.

Men’s Water Polo: This year the men’s water polo team is lucky to have a lot of depth and a number of players who can contribute. More than five seniors are returning, along with Grayson Judge ‘15 and Jack Conner ‘15.
“We have a few specific goals this year. First, to place as high as we can, hopefully in the top four, of the four travel tournaments we play in. Second, to repeat as league champs. And third, to hopefully three-peat in NCS,” captain Tyler Kirchberg ‘14 said.
The Mats have had a positive season so far but still have areas to improve upon to reach their full potential.
“We are working together well as a team and training hard,” Kirchberg said.
They earned a big win on Tuesday, Sept. 15 when they defeated San Ramon Valley 13-8 in an NCS championship rematch. They also defeated rival Campolindo 11-9 on Wednesday in a big win.
“We really wanted to beat Campo because they’ve had this date marked on the calendar since last season and wanted to come out and beat us at home,” Judge said. “The 8th man was going crazy and that really pumped us up to make big plays.”
They are now 1-0 in league and play Acalanes in their next league showdown on Oct. 9 at home.

Women’s Water Polo: The women’s water polo team is looking strong so far this season, winning their first game against the Northgate Broncos 17-3, placing third in the Acalanes tournament, and placing fifth in the Capital Challenge tournament.
This year the girls are hoping to final in NCS.
“Our coach, Trevor Rose, hopes we win every game this season,” co-captain Nicola Gonzalez ‘14 said. “Some key players for this season will be Shannon Moran ‘15, Kristen Hong ‘15, Emily Byrne ‘15, Dominique Clark ‘14, and Kaitey Caron ‘14. But our bench is very deep, and all of us are going to need to step up.”
The girls lost one starter and their goalie to graduation last year, so now Gonzalez has stepped into the role and starts in goal.
Women’s Volleyball: After a disappointing 2012 season finishing 3-10 in league, the Lady Mats volleyball team is hoping to end the 2013 season in a different fashion. Led by captains Maddy Miller ‘14 and Maddie Goodreault ‘14, the girls have already swept one of the best teams in the Bay Area, Amador Valley, and are feeling very positive about the rest of the season.
“So far we have looked better than last year,” Miller said. “Last year we had basically a brand new team, so I think this year we will be a lot better chemistry-wise because we all know how each other play and can trust each other.”
The girls are hoping to end up within the top teams this year, and are aiming to make it to NCS.
“As usual, our biggest competition will definitely be Campo, who’s also looking very strong this year. Everyone in the league is looking pretty solid too so the games will definitely be fun to play and watch,” Miller said.

Cross Country: Cross country is preparing both the girls and boys teams to be top competitors this season, and are very optimistic about the results so far.
The varsity boys team Charlie Zamanian ‘14, Jeff Lee ‘14, Sid Bagga ‘15, Andrew Lewis ‘15, Chris Ramirez ‘15, Charlie O’Brien ‘15, and John Berg ‘17, are led by captains Lee and Bagga.
The varsity girls team Lindsey Buckel ‘14, Camille Anderson ‘14, Georgia Roden ‘15, Sondra Abruzzo ‘15, Sarah Rockwood ‘15, Hannah Fishlow ‘17, and Arden Creson ‘17, are led by captains Buckel and Roden.
So far this season both teams have been doing well.
Some key runners for the Matadors this season will be Buckel, Roden, Lewis, Bagga, and Zamanian.
Both the girls and guys teams are aiming to be in the top four at NCS at the end of the season, and therefore move on to the state meet.
“Our team has looked very strong,” Buckel said of the girls team. “We only lost two seniors, so we returned almost the entire team. After a summer of intense training, we are a world beyond where we were last year at this time.”

Women’s Tennis: This year, the women’s tennis team is looking to be one of the top teams in DFAL and go far in the NCS playoffs.
“Our team looks really strong this year,” co-captain Anjali Majumdar ‘14 said. “We finally won the James Logan tournament after three years.”
This season, the girls have 20 talented players on the team including five new players: Zoe Schneider ‘16, Bella Kelly ‘17, Vivian McGowan ‘17, Katie Hawkins ‘17, and Riley Eversole ‘17.
Because they have more players on the team than normal, the girls hope that with this talent they will be able to dominate.
“This season, we have extremely strong additions to our starting lineup, as we did last year, and I know we will be as successful as we were in previous years,” Majumdar said.
At this point in the season, they haven’t established a normal starting ladder for matches, and are still experimenting to find the doubles teams that work the best together.
Dougherty Valley will be the Matadors’ toughest competition this season. The Wildcats also have some strong additions to their team, and it will be a tough battle both times the teams meet.

Women’s Golf: This season the women’s golf team’s main goal is to have more wins than losses and beat Campo.
The girls have already reached one of those goals, when they dominated the Cats on Thursday, Sept. 19 at OCC. Co-captain Tori Hoff ‘14 low scored with 40 in the victory.
This season, the team has added three new players – Tori James ‘17, Francesca Caronna ‘17, and Haley Grenning ‘17 – and returns seven.
“We only have three seniors, so the team is pretty young, which is good for future years, but the team is looking pretty good this year,” captain Claire Marvin ‘14 said. “We aren’t changing too much from last year because the team dynamic was so great last season and we are happy to have more players to add to the ‘family.’”
So far the team is 3-2, falling to Alhambra and Acalanes, but defeating Dublin, Dougherty Valley, and Campolindo.