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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to the parents, coaches and athletic directors that have already provided us with photos and other signing day information!
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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.
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.
Just for fun. Subject to change when the pre-season rankings come out in mid-November.
With 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.
Foothill High quarterback Kyle Kearns says he’s sticking with his oral commitment to SMU after the resignation of Mustangs coach June Jones on Monday. Continue Reading
Highly respected Max Luckhurst has resigned as the Campolindo High baseball coach after a successful 16-year run in the program.
The BVAL football race is looking a little like one of those sprints in which everybody seems to have a shot at crossing the finish line first.