Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports


Amita Mahajan

Co-reported with Pranav Iyer.

Correction: The number of seniors on the girls basketball team in the magazine from 2012-2015 were inaccurate. The correct numbers are reported below.

Boys Soccer: A losing team was quickly turned into a winning program that eventually reached the CCS playoffs for the first time in 17 years.

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Alumnus Bobak Ohadi carries alumnus Baris Demirlioglu after their game against Los Gatos High School in their 2011-12 season. Photo by Rachel Lu.


2011: 0-9-1

2012: 11-5-3

2013: 11-7-1

2014: 11-4-4

2015: 8-8-6

2016: 13-5-3


Girls Soccer: After years of success, the team plummeted and moved down a division due to a lack of upperclassmen leadership.


Current girls soccer coach DJ Driscoll explains basic drills to the team during a pre-season practice in the 2014-15 season. Photo by Malini Ramaiyer.

Coach and team comparison

Then: Alan Kute

  • Coached varsity girls soccer for 10 years
  • Led the team through CCS Several times
  • 2012-13 team had 11 seniors and one freshman

Now: DJ Driscoll

  • MVHS Coach since 2013-14 school year
  • Have not reached CCS
  • 2013-14 team had three seniors and three freshmen


Boys Basketball: Five years later in 2016 the team had its most successful season in Stiver’s era and made it to the second round of the Division I CCS playoffs.


Alumnus Ramana Keerthi blocks a shot during MVHS’ game against Santa Clara HS on Jan. 8 of the 2012-13 season. Photo by Robert Sulgit.

“I remember when I took this job and Ms. Belshe actually told me one time: ‘Give it five years,'” Coach Clay Stiver said.


Girls Basketball: Three straight playoff appearances was disrupted by a loss of valuable seniors and the program is now in a rebuilding phase.

Girls basketball gathers before their game against Alisal HS on Feb. 24. The Matadors defeated the Trojans 40-27 and will advance to the second round of CCS play. Photo by Malini Ramaiyer
Girls basketball gathers before their game against Alisal HS on Feb. 24 of their 2014-15 season. Photo by Malini Ramaiyer.

Seniors on the team:

2012-13: 4 seniors

2013-14: 6 seniors

2014-15 7 seniors

2015-16: 3 seniors


Wrestling: Coach Ian Bork instilled a winning tradition through his strict regimens, which has led to the program becoming a CCS powerhouse.


MVHS and Japanese teams celebrate their success together after the meet. Photo by Amol Pande.

2011-12: Head coach Ian Bork joins the program

2012-13: Team places 10th in CCS

2013-14: Team places 10th in CCS

2014-15: Team places 5th in CCS

2015-16: Team places Top 20 in CCS