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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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All-East Bay/North Bay girls water polo

Here are the top players in the NCS, as selected by the coaches.

Division I
MVP
Kat Klass (San Ramon Valley) Jr.
First team
Field — Jennifer Beadle (Foothill) Sr., Courtney Fahey (Monte Vista) Jr., Erica Halszyinski (Las Lomas) Sr., Michelle Hawkins (Livermore) Jr., Kim Johnson (LL) Jr., Kat Klass (SRV) Jr., Sarah Klass (SRV) Fr., Greta Kohlmoos (Granada) Sr., Alexis Liebowitz (SRV) Fr., Jamie Wanket (Alhambra) Jr.; Goalie — Marissa Webb (SRV) Fr.
Second team
Field — Sara Abele (Clayton Valley Charter) Sr., Beverly Ayers (Deer Valely) Sr., Mariana Daniel (Alameda) Sr., Andi Grote (MV) Sr., Helene Hollidge (Alh) Jr., Sara Johnson (CVC) Sr., Sophia Kuester (SRV) Fr., Claire Therien (SRV) So., Amy Tolbertson (James Logan) Sr., Sarah Ward (LL) Sr.; Goalie — Mimi Harris (MV) Sr., Tayler Peters (JL) Sr.
Third team
Field — Emily Beireis (Ala) Sr., MacKenzie Flath (MV) Jr., Trinity Gerome (Newark Memorial) Jr., Erica Halasinski (LL) Sr., Maddie Hurd (California) Jr., Katie Johnston (Liv) Jr., Carol Lee (JL) Sr., Erin Livingston (MV) Sr., Vicky Talens (DV) Sr., Allison Williams (SRV) Sr.; Goalie — Maddie Farr (Alh) Sr., Sarah Donohue (DV) Sr., Katie Van-Tuyl (CVC) Jr.

Division II
MVP
Annika Jensen (Campolindo) Jr.
First team
Field — Hannah Buck (Camp) Jr., Emily Byrne (Miramonte) Jr., Katie Caron (Mira) Sr., Kendall Christie (Sir Francis Drake) Jr., Dominique Clark (Mira) Sr., Quinn Galli (SFD) Jr., Kristen Hong (Mira) Jr., Annika Jensen (Camp) Jr., Chase Lanier (Acalanes) Sr., Natalie Seidemann (Camp) Sr.; Goalie — Maddie Tagg (Camp) Jr.
Second team
Field — Hannah Dillon (Northgate) Sr., Reilly Fellner (Aca) Sr., Jessica Iacovelli (San Marin) Sr., Hannah Kresnak (Aca) So., Rachel Lewin (Camp) Jr., Samantha Mladjov (Bishop O’Dowd) Sr., Sarah Mooney (Piedmont) Jr., Shannon Moran (Mira) Jr., Brooke Preston (Camp) Jr., Ellyn Stewart (Aca) Sr., Goalie — Nicola Gonzales (Mira) Sr., Riley Shaw (Carondelet) Sr.
Third team
Field — Melissa DeMeo (NG) So., Allison Galuszka (Marin Catholic) Sr., Kari Jensen (Camp) Fr., Julia Kinsolving (SFD) Sr., Isabella Kinsolving (SFD) Sr., Mariah Larwood (Ukiah) Sr., Emma Myall (Aca) So., Madeline Nelson (Encinal) Fr., Lauren Paxton (Mira) Jr., Samantha Russell (Car) Sr., Maggie Selzer (Ukiah) So.; Goalie — Dani Budish (Tamalpais) Jr., Kelsey Fennell (Pied) So.

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All-East Bay/North Bay boys water polo

Here are the 2013 All-East Bay/North Bay (All-NCS) boys water polo teams as selected by the coaches.

Division I
First team
Field — Tommy Bush (Acalanes), Sr.; Colin Chiapello (De La Salle), Sr.; Jordan Hoover (Miramonte), Jr.; David Kessler (Las Lomas), Jr.; Tyler Kirschberg (Mir), Sr.; Conor Neumann (San Ramon Valley), Sr.; Grant Sivesind (Campolindo), Sr.; Clay Smudsky (Mir), Sr.; Sam Toriggano (LL), Sr.; Mitch Young (Sir Francis Drake), Sr.. Goalie — Spencer Creed (LL), Sr.
Second team
Field — Marcus Anderson (SFD) Sr.; Jack Brown (Clayton Valley Charter) Sr.; Vincent Chapey (Monte Vista) Sr.; Danny Comforti (Heritage) Jr.; Dylan Fara (Cam) Sr.; Garret Felix (Cam) Jr.; Ben Harmon (SRV) Jr.; Grayson Judge (Mir) Jr.; Brandon Pilhal (Amador Valley) Sr.; Jake Simpson (DLS) So. Goalie — Spencer Tagg (Cam) Jr.
Third team
Field — Yuri Andrade (Berkeley) Sr., Fischer Davis (Alameda) Sr.; Jack Geasa (Foothill) Jr.; Jose Gonzalez (Newark Memorial) Sr.; Eric Lee (James Logan) Jr.; Corey Mano (SFD) Sr.; Ryan McCraken (Aca) Sr.; Jacob Ottoboni (Washington) Sr.; Waleed Sadat (American) Sr.; Scott Zurnacian (Cam) Jr.; Goalie — A.J. Anzoategui (DLS) Jr.; Jake Matthiesen (Herit) Sr.; Tucker Stone (Aca) Sr.

Division II
First team
Field — Harrison Brown (Alhambra) Jr.; Paul Brown (Justin-Siena) Sr.; Michael Bull (Alhambra) Sr.; Louis Campbell (San Marin) Sr.; Giorgio Cico (Redwood) Jr.; Teak Larwood (Ukiah) Jr.; Chris Leboa (Bishop O’Dowd) Jr.; Jack Stafford (Cardinal Newman) Sr.; Dylan Tonningsen (Encinal) Sr.; Brandon West (Red) Jr. Goalie — John Huntoon (Enc) Sr.
Second team
Field — Jeremy Ardourel (Enc) Sr.; Harris Bedford (Uk) Sr.; Daniel Carroll (Tamalpais) So.; Cole Donnelly (Red) Jr.; Jackson Hettler (Tam) So.; Brayden Levy (Northgate) Sr.; Ryan Roland (San Rafael) Sr.; Evan Tackaberry (Terra Linda) Sr.; Mason Tittle (Nor) Jr. Goalie — Dylan Youngborg (JS) Sr.; Liam Williamson (Nor) Jr.

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SRV’s Conor Neumann commits to Cal water polo

San Ramon Valley High’s Conor Neumann, a two-sport standout, had some tough choices to make about his college future.

The senior eventually chose water polo over baseball and Cal over a host of other colleges. The lefty attacker made his commitment to the Cal water polo program this week.

A starting pitcher for the Wolves’ baseball team since his sophomore year, Neumann drew interest from Oregon, UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania and Long Beach State. But he decided to focus on water polo instead, picking Cal over schools like UCLA and UC Santa Barbara.

Neumann, a four-year varsity water polo player at SRV,  is currently sidelined by a broken finger, but could be back before season’s end. He’ll try to help a young Wolves team reach the NCS championship game for a third straight year.

As a junior, he was named first team All-NCS, first team All-EBAL, second team All-East Bay and seventh team All-American. Neumann played on the Lamorinda U-18 squad over the summer.

 

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Water polo: California-Hawaii All-Americans

Several local players were selected to the boys high school All-American list. Miramonte’s Charlie Wiser, the East Bay Player of the Year, headlines the list as a first-team selection. Here’s a list of the other locals:

First team:
Charlie Wiser, Miramonte, Jr.
Second team:
Drew Holland, Miramonte, Jr. (goalie)
Justin Roberto, San Ramon Valley, Sr.
Third team:
Tanner Cullen, Acalanes, Sr.
Fourth team:
Jack Fellner, Miramonte, Jr.
Sixth team:
Nick Candau, San Ramon Valley, Sr.
Andrew Schnugg, Acalanes, Sr.
Seventh team:
Colin Chiapello, De La Salle, So.
Eighth team:
Dominic Lucido, Alhambra, Sr.
Tenth team:
Eric Hildreth, California, Sr.
Honorable mention:
Johnny Speros, San Ramon Valley, Sr.
Connor Reid, Acalanes, Jr.

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Water polo in McCovey Cove?

Europeans play water polo in the ocean, so organizers figured why not try it in California?

On Saturday, before the Cal-Presbyterian football game at AT&T Park, check out the water polo match in McCovey Cove. Cal alumni will take on the Olympic Club at 1 p.m. Players will wear wet suits and officials will do their job from a speedboat, but the rest of the game should be similar to what you’d see in a pool.

Full rosters are unavailable but the press release I received says that Miramonte graduate Michael Sharf will play, as well as a few other former U.S. national team members.

The game is free and spectators can watch from any public access point with a view of the cove. If you’re going to be at AT&T anyways for the Cal football game, I would highly recommend showing up early and checking out the polo match.

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Steffens named female AOY by Cal-Hi Sports

With Stephanie Hammon on vacation, I’ll share some pretty big water polo news. Monte Vista uber-star Maggie Steffens has been named the Cal-Hi Sports Girls Athlete of the Year.

Steffens joins quite the elite list of athletes by winning the award. Jayne Appel, Candice Wiggins, Marion Jones, Janet Evans, Michele Granger and Lisa Leslie are just a few of the standouts to have won the award.

Steffens is just the third East Bay athlete to win the award in the last 50 years, but it’s actually the second year in a row the honor has come east of San Francisco Bay. Last year, St. Elizabeth sprinter Ashton Purvis took home the award.

Fresh off a summer spent with the U.S. National Team, Steffens is headed to Stanford in the fall.