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Water polo: East Bay notes, rankings and standings

The Miramonte boys earn a one-goal win over Acalanes. The Monte Vista girls top Campolindo decisively.
Sound familiar?
That was how the NCS championship games played out last year. It’s also the way the 2010 season began.

The three Lamorinda boys teams traveled to San Jose for the John Schmitt tournament last weekend, and the title game was an Acalanes-Miramonte rematch. Nick Deaver scored three goals to lead the Matadors to a 8-7 win. The fierce rivals will square off again Oct. 20 and there’s a good chance the Diablo Foothill Athletic League title will be on the line in that one.
As for the girls, Monte Vista is still the clear top team in the section despite losing three Division-I bound seniors from last year’s championship squad. The Mustangs won by at least six goals in all four of their Acalanes Invitational games and recorded a rare shutout 7-0 over Campolindo in the championship match.

Rankings: There’s no movement at all in the boys top 10, but Irvington and Liberty emerge as teams to watch. The Acalanes Invitational created a little bit of movement in the girls rankings with Alhambra cracking the poll and Carondelet and Acalanes switching spots.

BOYS

1. Miramonte
2. Acalanes
3. Las Lomas
4. San Ramon Valley
5. De La Salle
6. Campolindo
7. Monte Vista
8. Amador Valley
9. Foothill
10. Clayton Valley

On the bubble: Irvington, Liberty

GIRLS

1. Monte Vista
2. Campolindo
3. Las Lomas
4. Carondelet
5. Acalanes
6. San Ramon Valley
7. Miramonte
8. Northgate
9. Mission San Jose
10. Alhambra

On the bubble: Amador Valley, College Park, Newark Memorial

League standings:

Boys
BVAL

Team Wins Losses GB
Liberty 2 0 -
Deer Valley 1 0 .5
Heritage 1 1 1
Antioch 0 1 1.5
Freedom 0 2 2

Girls
BVAL

Team Wins Losses GB
Freedom 2 0 -
Heritage 1 1 1
Liberty 1 1 1
Antioch 0 1 1.5
Deer Valley 0 1 1.5

Stephanie Hammon