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Water polo: Locals playing on big stage

Monte Vista High’s Maggie Steffens is playing with the U.S. National water polo team in the FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla this week and USA water polo is streaming every match live on their website. You can check it out here.

Steffens, who will be a senior at Monte Vista this fall and is the team’s youngest player, scored in all three of the U.S.’ preliminary round wins. The team defeated Canada last night in the quarterfinals and today play against Greece in a 7 p.m. semifinal.
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Payne makes her decision

Carondelet High basketball star Erica Payne orally committed to Stanford on Wednesday.
“I realized that since I had the opportunity to go there, that was the choice I wanted to make,” Payne said. “The funny thing is that at first (last summer), I wasn’t so sure about Stanford. It’s so close to home and … it’s familiar to me. As I went through this process and I thought about it more and more, I decided I liked what was going on at Stanford. … It grew on me more and more until it was my top option.”
Payne averaged 15.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.2 blocks per game in helping the Cougars reach the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship game last season as a junior. She seriously considered UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, Boston College, Texas and Notre Dame before choosing the Cardinal. The 6-foot-2 Payne said that Stanford sees her as a wing.

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Brittany Boyd commits to Cal

When Brittany Boyd goes to college, the Berkeley High girls basketball star won’t need to leave the city limits.
Boyd, a nationally-ranked recruit, decided to stay local and gave her oral commitment to Cal coach Joanne Boyle on Wednesday.
“It’s close to home and the degree. I’m thinking of what I’ll do after college,” Boyd said of her reasons for picking the Bears. “The recruiting process was getting a little overwhelming and in my heart I felt Cal was the place for me.”
Boyd, a point guard, averaged 17.8 points and 6.7 assists last season for the Yellowjackets, who won the North Coast Section Division I title and advanced to the Northern California regional finals. She said she picked Cal over Washington, Miami, Kansas and Clemson.
The incoming senior is ranked as the nation’s No. 30 recruit for the class of 2011 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She recently participated in tryouts for the under-18 national team.
Boyd can sign her letter of intent on Nov. 10.