Athletes Enjoy Strong Winter Season

Henry Hill and Trent Larson-Deak

Boys Basketball: Students of both teams packed into the arena to see the (8-7) Miramonte Matadors face off against Aiden Mahaney and the (12-4) Campolindo Cougars Tuesday night. The last time these two teams met the Matadors won 48-46 by a game-winner from captain center Matt Meredith ‘20. This time the game was a different story. The Cougars offense was firing on all cylinders and immediately went on a 2-8 run to start the game. Mahaney hit some big-time threes to put the Cougars up 20-28 at the half. Through the rest of the game, the Mats could never really seem to get anything going on offense. In the third quarter, the Mats managed to cut down the leed by two, but it wasn’t enough to take the W in the end. The Campolindo Cougars ended up winning 54-43. The Mats had a home game on the seventeenth against a tough Las Lomas team. They started down 12-7 at the break. It was back and forth throughout the second quarter and the Mats were able to keep it within five due to the excellent play of guard Tyler Dutto ‘22 and Meredith. The Mats trailed 30-25 at the half and needed a spark to take the lead. Unfortunately, the Knights went on a 13-6 run to ultimately put the game out of reach. The Mats will face Sacramento, Clayton Valley, and Northgate on the 20th, 21st, and the 24th respectively. They moved to 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the league.


Boys Soccer:  The Mats Boys Soccer Program had a huge week. They were 5-3 overall and 1-3 in the league heading into this week with matches against Berean Christian and Alhambra on the schedule. The Nats played Berean Christian on Wednesday in frigid weather. The Mats couldn’t do much for most of the first half until Christian Roy ‘20 hit an absolute beauty of a goalie to puts the Mats up 1-0 at the half. From that point on, it was all Miramonte. The Mats would concede an early goal in the first half, but from that point on Miramonte took control. Kent Barbir ‘20 would score shortly after to put the game at 2-1 and would score again to put the game at 3-1. Roy would later score a late goal and the Mats ended with a 4-1 win. Three days later on Friday, the Mats faced Alhambra at home. Once again the Mats started slow with only another goal from Barbir to put them up 1-0 at halftime. However, the second half opened up a flood of goals. The Mats ended up winning 7-0, with first goals of the season for goalie Ethan Luckenbach ‘20, and defenders Joe McIntrye ‘20 and Caden Weismann ‘20. The Mats dominated and now sit at 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the league. They will face Campolindo away on the 22nd and Concord at home on the 24th


Girls Soccer: The Lady Mats opened up the week with a non-conference game against Acalanes on Monday. They went down early as the Dons were able to take a 1-0 lead early. But the Lady Mats was able to respond as Bea Whitaker ‘20 scored a phenomenal goal to tie the game. It stayed at 1-1 to end the first half. Unfortunately, the Dons were able to take control of the game and were able to score two more to finish the game in a 3-1 loss for the Mats. The Lady Mats would go on to play Wednesday night at Berean Christan. The Lady Mats was able to come back after the loss against the Dons and they took out their frustrations on Berean Christian. The Lady Mats started the strong game with a goal from Beatrice Whitaker ‘20 but conceded a goal to make the halftime score 1-1. The Lady Mats would come out roaring as midfielder Juliet Adams ‘20 and forward Ariel Steinberg 21’ both scored to put the game at 3-1. The Lady Mats would allow a goal, but due to the goals of Sabrina Grant ‘20 and Avery Welch ‘23, they would end up with a 5-2 win. This was a through team win for the Lady Mats and set them up for a matchup against Alhambra on Friday. Alhambra’s stifling defense held the Lady Mats at bay and they were able to score twice to give them a 2-0 win. The Lady Mats face Campolindo at home on the 22nd and Concord on the 24th


Girls Basketball: The Lady Mats played a strong Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colorado) team on Friday in the MLK Classic at Bishop O’Dowd. The Lady Mats were close with Jesuit throughout the first half and had strong play from guards Jordan Allred ‘21 and Leah Sopak ‘20 to put the Lady Mats up at the half. The Mats continued to battle in a high scoring affair. Regis Jesuit was just too much to handle, as the Mats ended up losing 78-74. The Mats then played on Saturday on the second game of the MLK Classic. 


Saturday, January 18th, the Matadors grabbed a 57- 56 W over Sacred Heart Preparatory School. Coming into the game the Mats were ranked the 21st best team in California and 88th in the Nation. Sacred Heart, on the other hand, wasn’t even ranked top 200 in the state. Throughout the whole game, the Mats trailed Sacred Heart. In the third and fourth quarters, the Mats flipped the switch and took the lead. 


The Lady Mats moved to 15-3 overall after the two tournament games and will face Prairie(Vancouver Washington) and Oregon City(Oregon City, Oregon) on the road on the 24th and 25th