East County Sports

Seniors keep winning Matador tradition


By John Duran


SPRING VALLEY – The Mount Miguel Matadors finished their regular season with a dominating 75-24 victory over the Helix Highlanders.

Mount Miguel, league champs for the 19th consecutive season, finished the season 23-5, 8-0, and are ready to defend their CIF Open Division championship.

“We’re going to try to take it just one game at a time,” Head Coach Robbie Sandoval said of his team’s approach to the playoffs. “They feel pretty confident on the way they’re playing right now. So we have to try to take that momentum into the playoffs and it’s going to start Monday at practice.”

It was a Senior Night in Spring Valley, and senior Citlalli Gurrola showed out. Gurrola hit seven three pointers to lead the Matadors with 26 points.

Gurrola, along with fellow seniors Michelle Corley, Tiaja Bennett and Deyona McBride were honored before the game.

Coach Sandoval, who spoke highly of his upperclassmen after the game, is looking forward to make one last run with these group of players.

“The Seniors have been great for four years. I’m just going to be sorry they’re going to be gone. But they still have a lot of work to do. Trying to defend our championship. They’ve been outstanding every second, everyday. Coming to practice, the games. They’re really good kids. I’m going to hate to lose them.”

Mount Miguel will now wait to hear when and where they will playing to begin the playoffs. They will look to defend their Open Division title with the hopes of repeating.

Helix finished their season 8-18, 0-8 in league.

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