Water polo: Notes and rankings — Oct. 18

The North Coast Section playoffs are just two weeks away and league title scenarios are getting clearer across the East Bay. The biggest match of the week will be in Orinda where Miramonte hosts Acalanes on Wednesday. Both teams are 3-0 in the DFAL with one more league game remaining after this week’s showdown. The Dons won last year’s DFAL matchup 10-6 on their way to the league title, but the Matadors got revenge with a one-goal win in the NCS championship game.

Tournament update: The Amador Valley and Berkeley High boys teams each earned titles at local tournaments over the weekend. Amador Valley pulled away from Irvington in the second half to win 11-6 in the finals of their own tournament. Clayton Valley finished third with an 8-6 win over Washington. Meanwhile, Berkeley won the Pinole Valley tournament with a 4-1 win over Marin Academy in the title game. Cal High finished third and the host Spartans were fourth.

The Monte Vista High girls won the Western States tournament for the fourth straight season. For more on the Mustangs, check out Tuesday’s paper.


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

On the bubble: Clayton Valley, Alhambra, Liberty, Washington

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

On the bubble: Amador Valley, Foothill, Clayton Valley

Stephanie Hammon

  • Ciaran Byrne

    Miramonte Girls Water Polo: 2011 Western States Champions!

    Beat San Ramon in the Title Game 13 to 10. Erin Byrne scored 3 goals.

    Beat Monte Vista in the Semi Final 7 to 3. Erin Byrne 1 Goal. First time in 10 years that Miramonte has beaten Monte Vista.

    Senior Byrne – all NCS / all League from 2010 – scored 18 goals, shooting 60% for the tournament leading her team to their best finish ever in this 32 team tournament.