MVHS battles Lynbrook on Jan. 30

Christian Fatoohi

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A Bull Spirit poster for the MVHS Varsity boys basketball team’s upcoming game against Lynbrook on Jan. 30

"We're excited. We worked hard for it. We're glad our efforts paid off," varsity senior Kevin Lang said. "It was a great victory." Lang applauded a win in the varsity boys basketball game against Lynbrook — before tip-off.

The team will play Lynbrook today, Jan. 30 at 7:45 p.m. at MVHS. The Vikings come into the game with a 6-0 league record as opposed to the Matadors' 4-2 record.

"We're excited. We worked hard for it. We're glad our efforts paid off," varsity senior Kevin Lang said. "It was a great victory." Lang applauded a win in the varsity boys basketball game against Lynbrook — before tip-off.
 A Bull Spirit poster for the MVHS Varsity boys basketball team's upcoming game against Lynbrook on Jan. 30
The team will play Lynbrook today, Jan. 30 at 7:45 p.m. at MVHS. The Vikings come into the game with a 6-0 league record as opposed to the Matadors' 4-2 record. A strong rivalry has grown between the Vikings and the Matadors after MVHS lost to them at Lynbrook on Jan. 9, 38-49.

"They beat us in their place last time, but this time we have to show that it's our house. We need this game for league," senior Phaniteja Kanneganti said.

For the previous game, Lynbrook created a Facebook event to publicize the game and build up excitement, which led to a large turnout of fans. This time, MVHS decided to create an event for the same reason. Many people joined, including students from both MVHS and Lynbrook, creating various disputes through wall posts. This Facebook event has been cancelled "by request of the coach and the principal" due to the bitter comments.

"It goes against the nature of a healthy competition," Dean of Students Michael Hicks said. "I love rivalries and excitement about playing opponents, but rivalries aren't about silly insults. We are getting ready to have a quality basketball contest, and this detracts from what basketball is all about."

Bull Spirit has been working all week to create posters for each player as well as in support of the team. Also, all the players and their coaches will receive a bag of goodies during 5th period on game day to pump them up for the game. People around the campus are thrilled about the game.

Senior Stephen Barber is excited for the game. "Lynbrook is number one in our district and we lost to them last time. We have to beat them this time to show them who's boss," he said.

The excitement for this game has pushed some MVHS students to go to administration and ask for permission to have a tailgating party in the parking lot before the game. They first went to Hicks, who liked the idea, but suggested they talk to Assistant Principal Brad Metheany. Metheany approved the idea and allowed them to carry it out.

"We are first and foremost concerned about student safety. We are going to rope off the area to prevent traffic and have at least two teachers supervising it," Hicks said. "It's a trial, so we'll see how it goes."

Junior Karan Ram, one of the primary planners for the tailgate party, went to the game at Lynbrook earlier in the season and was disappointed with the game and the opposing fans.

"They were going against MVHS as much as possible and didn't let us cheer. There has been a lot of smack talking on Facebook,” Ram said. "I want to attend the tailgate party to show how spirited we are and show we're going to beat Lynbrook. We'll get food and make signs."

The tailgate party will attract students with music and food and pump them up for the game.

"The game has a CCS feel because there is going to be a large turnout of fans," senior Rishi Ranjan said.

"This is for our athletes," ASB Vice President Neil Raina said. "They are out there working hard every day representing us, so it's about time we go out and represent them."