Final East Bay water polo rankings

The 2010 high school water polo season ended on Saturday with some great matches at the Soda Aquatic Center. Congratulations to the Monte Vista and Campolindo girls, and the Acalanes and Las Lomas boys for winning North Coast Section titles. It was the first title ever for the Las Lomas and Acalanes boys while the Campolindo girls hadn’t won in 10 years. Monte Vista’s crown was its fifth straight.

Here are the final East Bay rankings. The boys rankings were fairly straightforward while the girls’ were quite a bit tougher after the easy choice at No. 1. There was so much parity between the girls teams in the No. 2 through 7 range, you can’t go solely on head-to-head results anymore. That said, I think the rankings are pretty fair based on how each team ended its season.

1. Acalanes (21-7) – Dons edge nemesis Miramonte in Div. 1 title game for their first NCS crown.
2. Miramonte (22-6) – Came up just short after going down by five goals in the third period against Acalanes.
3. Las Lomas (24-4) – The Div. II champions beat Div. I semifinal teams SRV and DLS in late October.
4. San Ramon Valley (21-5) – Won the EBAL title, but fell to Miramonte in the Div. I semifinals.
5. De La Salle (19-8) – Undisputed No. 2 in the EBAL, but had its offense shut down by Acalanes in the Div. I semis.
6. Alhambra (17-11) – A lot of fight in these guys, who advanced to the NCS Div. II title game.
7. Campolindo (13-14) – Fell victim to an inspired Alhambra squad in the Div. II semis.
8. Monte Vista (16-8) – Got routed by De La Salle in the Div. I quarters, but took third in the EBAL.
9. Amador Valley (17-7) – Solid season ended at the hands of a talented SRV team in the Div. I quarters
10. Foothill (17-8) – Another Div. I quarterfinal team, but slots below its Pleasanton rival after the Dons won in EBAL play.

Honorable mention: Irvington, Clayton Valley, Washington

1. Monte Vista (26-1) – The best East Bay team for the fifth year running.
2. Campolindo (18-9) – Young Cougars had an up-and-down season, culminating in NCS Div. II title
3. Acalanes (17-10) – Dons earn the upset of the tournament award, beating top-seeded Las Lomas in the Div. II semis.
4. Las Lomas (20-7) – Loss of DFAL MVP Danielle Johnson to a sprained thumb hurt the Knights in semi loss. Did win DFAL title.
5. San Ramon Valley (18-9) – Hung with Monte Vista for a half, but ultimately lost 13-3 in Div. I title game.
6. Miramonte (12-11) – Team improved a lot over the season, but couldn’t get past Acalanes in OT in the Div. II quarters.
7. Carondelet (14-11) – Outsted in the Div. II quarters by Marin Catholic, but took second in EBAL.
8. Washington (21-3) – MVAL champions had a great season run, but were stopped by MV in the semifinals.
9. Foothill (15-9) – Falcons hold off MSJ in the Div. I quarters, but got blasted by SRV in the semis.
10. Northgate (16-12) – DVAL champions started peaking at the right time, but fell to No. 1 Las Lomas in the Div. II quarters.

Honorable mention: Clayton Valley, Mission San Jose

Stephanie Hammon