NCS boys water polo semifinal ends in protest, still under review

A day after the North Coast Section Division I boys water polo semifinals, it’s still unclear who will face Miramonte in Saturday’s championship game.

A Wednesday night semifinal between Campolindo, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, and No. 5 Acalanes at the Soda Aquatic Center ended in protest, and the game was still under review by the NCS office on Thursday.

Calls to coaches at Acalanes and Campolindo were not immediately returned. The NCS had also kept quiet, except to say that a decision on the situation is expected by noon on Friday.

According to sources at the game, the controversy stems from the final five seconds of the second overtime period. Acalanes was leading Campolindo 11-10 when the final buzzer initially sounded. But Campolindo contested the result, claiming it had called a timeout when it gained possession of the ball with five seconds left. The five seconds were put back on the clock, and the Cougars scored at the buzzer, forcing a sudden death third overtime.

Campolindo scored quickly in sudden death and the game ended. The Cougars exited the pool believing they had won 12-11. But Acalanes protested the result, and the NCS initially upheld that protest, posting on its website that the Dons had won 11-10 and would host No. 2 Miramonte in the finals at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

On Thursday morning, the NCS  revised its bracket to indicate that the result is still under review.


PHOTOS: Signing Day wrap up

Wednesday was a day of celebration for high school athletes as they finally made their college choices official. A collection of photos from East Bay signing day ceremonies can be found below.  To send us updates from your event, email prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com. Thanks to the parents, coaches and athletic directors that have already provided us with photos and other signing day information!

Click here for a more complete list of East Bay signings.

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Former East Bay standouts make CIF’s Fall All-Century team

D.J. Williams, a former De La Salle football star, made the CIF's Fall All-Century. Former Spartans Amani Toomer and Michael Hutchings also made the list.

D.J. Williams, a former De La Salle football star, made the CIF’s Fall All-Century. Former Spartans Amani Toomer and Michael Hutchings also made the list.

The CIF is doing a pretty cool thing to celebrate its 100th anniversary, putting together an “All-Century” team during each season to honor some of the very best athletes to come out of California high schools. The fall list was released today and includes some really impressive names, as you’d expect.

Below is a list of the honored athletes who graduated from East Bay high schools, from oldest to youngest. De La Salle football and Contra Costa County water polo receive the heaviest representation of the locals. You can find the complete list here.

1942 – Norm Van Brocklin, Acalanes (Football)
1951 – Bill Walsh, Hayward (Football)
1982 – Matt Biondi, Campolindo (Water Polo)
1984 – Kirk Everist, Miramonte (Water Polo)
1991 – Amani Toomer, De La Salle (Football)
1997 – Heather Petri, Miramonte (Water Polo)
1997 – Kelly Shouey, Carondelet (Water Polo)
1999 – D.J. Williams, De La Salle (Football)
2010 – Maggie Steffens, Monte Vista (Water Polo)
2012 – Michael Hutchings, De La Salle (Football)


Valley Christian-Dublin forfeits football game

Valley Christian-Dublin’s varsity football team is forfeiting its scheduled game tonight against Salesian due to a lack of players, Vikings coach Justin Lowell confirmed in a text to the Bay Area News Group.
With the victory, Salesian ends the regular season with an undefeated Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division record (6-0) and an 8-2 overall mark. Valley Christian falls to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in TCAL-Rock action.