The All-East Bay water polo teams will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Here’s a sneak peek of the boys first-team. The second-team is a blog exclusive.
(The caps that will appear in the paper had to be cut a little for space issues, so this is the full version)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nick Hoversten, Acalanes, utility, Sr. — Though his main focus was on two-meter defense, the DFAL MVP was still the Dons’ top scorer with 73 goals. He led Acalanes to the NCS title game for the first time since 2005, earning all-NCS co-MVP honors, and finished with 278 career goals at Acalanes.
Nick Cooper, De La Salle, driver, Sr. — One of the strongest shooters in all of NCS, Cooper led the Spartans to the EBAL championship and the semifinals of the NCS tournament. He scored 106 goals and added 74 assists to lead De La Salle in both categories. He played a key role in big games, including the EBAL championship match when he scored five goals in a win over San Ramon Valley.
John Holland, Miramonte, driver, Sr. — One of the Matadors’ most consistent offensive performers and top defensive players, Holland had 50 goals, 25 assists and 44 steals for the NCS champions. He also drew 23 ejections and often guarded opposing team’s top player. Holland was a first team selection on the All-DFAL and All-NCS teams.
Mike Kimble, Acalanes, two-meter, Sr. — As the two-meter man for the first time this season, Kimble recorded 47 goals, 22 assists and 50 steals. He was named to the All-DFAL and All-NCS first teams while helping the Dons win the DFAL title and take second at NCS.
Jeremy Lewis, California, attacker Sr. — The EBAL MVP scored 144 goals this season and finished with a gaudy total of 444 career goals in his four years at Cal High. Lewis also had 58 assists, 69 steals and 60 kickouts drawn this year. He has been named the Grizzlies’ MVP the last three seasons.
Jon Sibley, Miramonte, goalie, Sr. — The lone returning starter on this year’s Matadors squad, Sibley had his best performances in the most important games. His 10 saves helped Miramonte edge Acalanes in the NCS title game 5-4 while some of his other best games came in the finals of the John Schmitt and S&R Cup tournaments. Sibley, the starting goalie for the Junior National team last summer, finished with 218 total saves and was a co-MVP of the All-NCS team.
Bryan Snyder, Las Lomas, driver, Jr. — Snyder set Las Lomas career and single-season records for goals scored by finding the back of the net 121 times this year. He has 291 career goals with one year of high school still remaining. Snyder, a solid all-around player, also had 56 steals and 51 assists for the Knights, who advanced to the NCS quarterfinals
Chance Fowler, Campolindo, goalie, Sr. — The senior goalkeeper was the main reason the Cougars upset Las Lomas in league play and earned the No. 6 seed in the NCS tournament.
Alan Robertson, Monte Vista, Sr. — The Mustangs upset De La Salle and San Ramon Valley the final week of EBAL play to finish second, and Robertson was a key player in those victories.
Joey Fabian, Miramonte, Jr. — Fabian led the NCS champions in scoring and is arguably the best local tw0-meter player who still has another year of high school remaining.
Jason Roudnev, San Ramon Valley, Sr. — Roudnev was one of the Wolves’ top scorer and a first-team selection on the All-EBAL and All-NCS first teams.
Jackson Ballew, Ygnacio Valley, Sr. — Ballew was named the DVAL MVP and was a member of the All-NCS first team.
Trevor Ryan, San Ramon Valley, Sr. — Ryan scored the winning goal as the Wolves topped rival Monte Vista in the NCS quarterfinals.
Jake Kisner, Acalanes, Jr. — Kisner, a lefty, was a big offensive weapon for the Dons, who ended their season in the NCS finals.