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NCS boys water polo semifinal ends in protest, still under review

A day after the North Coast Section Division I boys water polo semifinals, it’s still unclear who will face Miramonte in Saturday’s championship game.

A Wednesday night semifinal between Campolindo, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, and No. 5 Acalanes at the Soda Aquatic Center ended in protest, and the game was still under review by the NCS office on Thursday.

Calls to coaches at Acalanes and Campolindo were not immediately returned. The NCS had also kept quiet, except to say that a decision on the situation is expected by noon on Friday.

According to sources at the game, the controversy stems from the final five seconds of the second overtime period. Acalanes was leading Campolindo 11-10 when the final buzzer initially sounded. But Campolindo contested the result, claiming it had called a timeout when it gained possession of the ball with five seconds left. The five seconds were put back on the clock, and the Cougars scored at the buzzer, forcing a sudden death third overtime.

Campolindo scored quickly in sudden death and the game ended. The Cougars exited the pool believing they had won 12-11. But Acalanes protested the result, and the NCS initially upheld that protest, posting on its website that the Dons had won 11-10 and would host No. 2 Miramonte in the finals at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

On Thursday morning, the NCS  revised its bracket to indicate that the result is still under review.

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PHOTOS: Signing Day wrap up

Wednesday was a day of celebration for high school athletes as they finally made their college choices official. A collection of photos from East Bay signing day ceremonies can be found below.  To send us updates from your event, email prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com. Thanks to the parents, coaches and athletic directors that have already provided us with photos and other signing day information!

Click here for a more complete list of East Bay signings.

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Boys Soccer: WSC, Pre-Season Rankings

The time has come to release the schedule for the Winter Soccer Classic, and to make the Pre-Season Top 15 official.
The WSC will start right when I return from England, where I will be making a pilgrimage to visit many Premier League grounds. The trip will also include a stop in Germany to watch Everton in the Europa League. More details to follow.
Without further adieu.
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MaxPreps MLK Classic lineup announced

High school basketball returns to Cal’s Haas Pavilion on Jan. 19 for another year of the MLK Day Classic, hosted by De La Salle.

Here’s the schedule for the 18th year of the event.

Berkeley vs. El Cerrito, 10:30 a.m.
Franklin-Elk Grove vs. Newark Memorial, 12:15 p.m.
Salesian vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton, 2 p.m.
Sacramento vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F., 3:45 p.m.
Chaminade-West Hills vs. De La Salle, 5:45 p.m.
Archbishop Mitty-S.J. vs. Moreau Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

 

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Elite matchups headline NorCal Tip Off, Winter Classic basketball tournaments

BISHOP O'DOWD BASKETBALL/SPORTSWith basketball season only a couple months away, tournaments are beginning to announce their schedules. Two big ones came in today.

The NorCal Tip Off Classic, now in its eighth year, has a great slate of games all day and a particularly intriguing headliner. Bishop O’Dowd, led by Ivan Rabb, will face Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas (Nev.) and the frontcourt combo of 7-foot Stephen Zimmerman and 6-foot-9 Chase Jeter. Rabb, Zimmerman and Jeter are considered top 10 national prospects in the class of 2015.

The tournament includes five finalists from last year’s CIF state championships: Bishop O’Dowd (Open Division), Folsom (Division II), Drake (Division III), Moreau Catholic (Division IV) and St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame (Division V).

Here’s the full schedule for the NorCal Tip Off Classic, which is Nov. 29 at Newark Memorial High School.

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East Bay high school football 2014: League previews

In case anyone missed these earlier, here are the links to our league previews, with analysis of each team and predicted finishes.

BVAL — Pittsburg looks favored again, but Antioch, Heritage and Liberty should all be improved.

De La Salle — Loss to St. John Bosco drives Spartans in 2014

DFAL — Campolindo aims for a fourth straight league title

DVAL — Clayton Valley Charter has questions to answer, so can Concord knock off the Uglies?

EBAL — California aims for repeat performance, but SRV, Foothill will also contend

James Logan — QB Leota has Colts thinking big in 2014

MVAL — Parity rules with no clear-cut favorite for league  title

OAL — McClymonds is head of the class once again

TCAL-Rock — Can St. Mary’s end El Cerrito’s recent dominance?

TCAL-Stone — Plenty of motivation for Kennedy-Richmond in 2014

WACC-Foothill — San Leandro looks primed to repeat

WACC-Shoreline — With Tennyson gone, which team will step up to take control?