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What is "Matador
of the Year"?
Monta Vista chooses an outstanding male athlete, and an outstanding female athlete, at the end of each school year to represent us as our Matador of the Year. These athletes represent the best that Monta Vista has to offer: excellent sportsmanship, outstanding leadership, and superior ability. Who will be this year's Matadors of the Year?

Matador of the Year

Matador of the Year, 2014-2015
Max McCann

 

 

While playing football, Max earned the Most Valuable Player on the team while earning the distinction of the Most Valuable Utility Player in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League: De Anza Division. Max is simply an outstanding all around football player. Playing against far superior competition he would shine and make his mark known. All of the coaches in the SCVAL De Anza Division were absolutely amazed at what Max could do. As a 2-year started at both wing and defensive back, he made critical interceptions and deflections as well as outstanding runs and receptions that allowed the team to win a league championship and experience the CCS Football playoffs.

As a wrestler, Max's was exceptional. He was a four time league finalist. He was a two time league champion. On three different occasions he placed in the top four in the CCS Wrestling championships culminating in a 2015 when he earned the right to be a CCS Wrestling champion finalist earning him the right to compete in the NorCal CIF State Wrestling championships.

Beyond the mat and the football field Max has created a personality and character the depicts leadership, courage, and tenacity.
Janaye Sakkas

 

 

Janaye Sakkas is a great athlete and even better leader. Janaye is a three-time captain for field hockey. She was the sophomore of the year (2012) and junior of the year (2013). She has made first team all-league all four years of playing field hockey at Monta Vista. In 2014, Janaye was nominated for Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Offense, Best Leader, and Most Dedicated. She has also been selected to play on the Futures Elite team, one of only five California players to be selected to this prestigious team.

As a 4 year Varsity softball player Janaye played mainly shortstop. During that time she was named team defensive MVP 4 times, 2015 league MVP and received 1st & 2nd team selections. As a soccer player Janaye was named team captain and earned All League first time honors and was team MVP.

Janaye's true strength is her ability to make others around her better. Her drive to compete, practice and play inspired others and had a lasting and profound effect on her teammates.
Matador of the Year, 2013-2014
Ryan Manley

 

 

Ryan Manley has been a 3 year varsity starter and as a starter since his sophomore year. During his 3 years on the team, He helped MV earn 2 consecutive trips to the CCS quarterfinals and to the semifinals this year. Manley has been a team captain in his junior and senior years, has earned all league 1st team two years in a row. He was named the San Jose Mercury news sophomore of the year, and will most likely be a CCS first teamer this year. He has led the team in kills the past 3 years.

In football, Ryan was voted as the team captain and earned all league first team honors. His ability to read a defense, make a good decisions, and audible to the correct play if necessary helped the team to a third straight 7-3 record, league championship, and first CCS berth in 5 years. Ryan will be continuing his volleyball career at UC Santa Cruz. Congratulations, Ryan.
Bridget Gottlieb

 

Bridgett has earned 8 varsity letters at Monta Vista. She was team captain as a junior and senior in both Track and Cross Country. She was all-league in both sports.

Bridgett broke all-time MV records that stood since 1977 in one sport and 2005 in the other. She was all-CCS first team and all-Norcal second team in XC, and led the team to their first ever CCS championship.

She has been recruited by the two-time defending NCAA D3 champion cross country team and will run track and XC at Johns Hopkins University.

Congratulations, Bridgett.
Carly Reid

Carly is a 4 year varsity swimmer. As a freshmen, Carly placed top 5 in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, earning an All American time in the 50. She was named team MVP as a freshman, and was ranked top ten in the nation for the 50 meter freestyle. As a sophomore, she earned 2nd in the 50 freestyle at CCS and earned All American times in the 50 and 100. Again, she was voted MVP during her Sophomore year by her team.

As a junior, Carly finished 2nd in the 100 free, and won the teams’ most inspirational award. As a Senior she placed 2nd and 3rd in her individual events and anchored relays to help the girls’ team earn a CCS championship.
Matador of the Year, 2012-2013
Peter Stern

 

 

Peter is a leader both on and off the field. Peter led the Matador baseball team to a very successful season, leading the team in all major stat categories. He hit 449 with 24 runs batted in. He also led the team in steals, hits, and on base percentage. On the mound, Peter had a 1.96 Earned Run Average, and led the league in strikeouts. He pitched a 3-hit complete game vs. the 3rd ranked team in the nation in the first round of CCS. On the football field, Peter rushed for over 800 yards, was named 1st team all league, SCVAL Running Back of the Year, and was voted the team’s most inspirational player.
Serena Chew

 

 

Serena was a 4 year varsity starter for the girl's volleyball team. She led her team to CCS all 4 of years of her athletic career. She was voted team captain her junior and senior years. She was a 2 year all-league player in the De Anza division of the SCVAL. Serena was also voted team MVP her senior year. Additionally, Serena has helped out with the boys JV volleyball team. She has gone to almost all practices and helps coach Wong with game time decisions and in-game adjustments. Serena has not only had a large impact on her own team, but she has influenced another team on campus as an assistant.
Matador of the Year, 2011-2012
Justine Young

 

 

Justine Young played field hockey and softball. In field hockey, she was voted team captain as a senior and earned first team all-league for her dominant play. Her phenomenal speed enabled her to intercept passes and shut down the opponent's offense.

 

As a softball player, Justine was a four year varsity starter, two time SCVAL defensive player of the year and SCVAL First team All-League. She has a career .380 batting average and over 50 stolen bases. Her softball coach, Ray Texeira, says, "As a coach you can count yourself lucky when a player comes along with Justine's ability, but beyond the athletic ability is a young lady that is willing to give her all for the team. Her speed, arm strength and swing will fade in time; however, her character will last a lifetime."

 

Justine will attend and play for Baylor University.
Kevin Bishop

 

 

Kevin broke Monta Vista's school records in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter (1600M and 3200M) which had stood since 1983, and holds the school record in every significant cross country course. Kevin won the CCS title in the 3200 meter during his junior year and was all-Northern California for cross country as a senior. In his final track season, he ran the mile in an amazing 4:12.91.

 

Kevin will be competing in track and field for Stanford University next year, and he will be a great addition to both the team and academic community.
Michael Whittaker

 

 

Michael Whittaker was a three year football starter for Monta Vista. He played fullback, tight end and inside linebacker his senior year. He led the football team in tackles, had over 400 yards rushing, and was a dominant blocker at tight end, paving the way for two 1,000 yard rushers. Michael was selected to be a captain by his peers.

 

In wrestling, Michael was a four year letterman and was selected as team captain by his peers. He was the CCS representative for the 191 pound weight class.

 

Michael had an outstanding football and wrestling career and his leadership will be missed. Not only did Michael perform at a high level athletically, he maintained a perfect grade point average while doing it.

 

Michael will attend Cornell University in the fall.
Matador of the Year, 2010-2011
Alex Bagdasarian

 

 

Alex was a 3 year MVP and Team Captain of the Water Polo team, and a 3 time CCS qualifying swimmer. These achievements alone put Alex at or near the top of the aquatics program for the past decade. Alex's value as a leader, however, surpassed that of his individual ability. He led by example, always pushing his own limits, and he was always ready to speak with team members that weren't putting in reasonable effort. He was the spark for the swim team, as well as the water polo team. Alex bled purple and gold during his 4 years at MV, showing an immense amount of team pride and support. His vibrant personality and intensity were qualities the aquatics program really rallied behind.

 

Coach Carl Canning stated "I have no doubt that Alex will grow into a successful young adult. Alex was extremely close to Ron Freeman. He handled Ron's passing with a great deal of maturity, and put a grieving aquatics program on his shoulders. I cannot say enough about this young man, he is truly special. I could not imagine there could be a more deserving student-athlete for Matador of the Year."

 

Alex is now playing water polo at UC Davis.
Alex Chiu

 

 

Alex was arguably the most dominant athlete on campus during her four years at Monta Vista. She played varsity volleyball for three years and varsity basketball for four, and during that time collected numerous accolades. Coach Colin Anderson said "Alex is neither loud nor demanding, but earned her teammates' respect (and her opponent's fear) with her on-court strength." She was awarded multiple team and league MVP awards, including being voted as the most valuable player of her basketball team three out of four seasons. During her basketball playing career Alex amassed nearly 1500 points and over 1200 rebounds, averaging 14.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. Coach Sara Borelli said "Despite being an amazing athlete,not to mention a stellar student and awesome artist, Alex is an extremely humble individual and understands the importance of team chemistry as it relates to team success". Alex flourished as a leader on and off the court during her time at MV.

 

Alex is currently attending Washington University in St Louis.
Matador of the Year, 2009-2010
Jacquie Stuart

 

Jacquie Stuart

 

Jacquie played both varsity soccer and varsity field hockey for three years. In soccer, Jacquie earned all-league accolades in both her junior and senior years. According to coach Alan Kute, Jacquie is our school's best two-sport athlete. She's a very solid and tough defender who battles each and every game. Field Hockey Coach Denise Eachus states that Jacquie was incredibly smart and offensive minded as a center back. Tackling the opponent was usually not necessary for Jacquie because she often intercepted the ball from the other team when a pass was made. Jacquie was selected 2nd team All-league, and was voted Co-Most Valuable Player by her teammates.

 

Jacquie is now attending the University of Oregon.
Kranti Pedadda

 

Kranti Pedadda

 

Kranti ran varsity cross country and track for three seasons. As a senior, Kranti was the league champion in the 1600 and 3200 meter races. In cross country, he was an all-CCS selection and a state qualifier. According to Coach Jeff Payne, Kranti is a great example of hard work, integrity, and looking out for team members that need guidance. Last fall, an incoming freshman in cross country said "I want to be the next Kranti Peddada!"

 

Kranti is currently attending Washington University in St Louis and studying medicine.
Matador of the Year, 2008-2009
Justin Rahn

 

Justin Rahn

 

During his time here Justin helped to lead both the Football and Baseball teams to league championships and CCS playoff berths. He won numerous All-League and MVP awards during his tenure here at Monta Vista.

 

According to Coach Mueller: "Outstanding 2 sport athlete. Most exciting period from my perspective was when he threw a winning touchdown pass in Portland Oregon with no time left on the clock. Very cool customer on the field."
According to Coach Sullivan: "Justin is a pure athlete. When he sets his mind to it, he can do amazing things."

 

Justin is currently at Saint Mary's College on a baseball scholarship.
Shandon Rovetta

 

Shandon Rovetta

 

During her time here Shandon was a leader to both the Field Hockey and Soccer programs, ending her high school career with a CCS Championship with girls soccer. She won numerous All-League and MVP awards as well during her tenure here at Monta Vista.

 

Coach Eachus said: "I'm not sure there are enough words that can accurately describe Shandon's contribution to the field hockey team. Shandon has been a standout Varsity Field Hockey player since the 10th grade, and has been a consistent starter for the past two seasons. Her biggest contributions can't be measured in goals and assists, but in the confidence she inspired in her teammates."
Coach Kute said: "I have never coached a player, really this is not hyperbole, who had it all like she does. Size, strength, ability, personality, attitude, and character sum it up. She comes alongside every player to encourage them, never a foul word, never a discouraging word, never a putdown - and always supportive and helpful. She was truly the anchor of our team and an excellent example to others. I wish she was staying or a clone or had younger sisters in her mold. She will be missed by all."

 

Shandon is currently attending Cal Poly SLO on a soccer scholarship.