Eleven athletes from the 680 Drivers Water Polo Association club committed Wednesday to continue their careers in college, ten of them to play water polo and another for swimming. Here are the athletes, their high schools, their new university and any accolades from last season:
Here are the East Bay high school players committing to colleges in soccer and water polo:
Here are the All-NCS boys and girls water polo lists as selected by coaches.
Dylan Woodhead (Sir Francis Drake) Sr.
Tyler Abramson (Miramonte) Jr., Brannan Hacket (San Ramon Valley) Sr., Jacob Halle (Las Lomas) Sr., Yurii Hanley (Campolindo) Sr., Jake Simpson (De La Salle) Sr., Cole Stevens (Campolindo) Sr., Brendan Supple (Acalanes) Sr., Mikey Williams (San Ramon Valley) Sr., Dylan Woodhead (Sir Francis Drake) Sr., Alex Zamanian (Miramonte) Sr., Nikhil Suri (Campolindo) Sr.
Here are Wednesday’s semifinals in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs, with how each team won it’s second-round game:
BOYS — DIVISION 1
- No. 1 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo vs. No. 5 Acalanes (6:15 p.m. at Drake)
- After a 6-6 tie at halftime the Dons broke away from Las Lomas for an 11-9 win behind a hat trick from Casey Conrad and two goals apiece from Tommy Fellner, Evan Wentzel and Jack Winther.
- The Pirates pounded Monte Vista 14-5 to stay undefeated on the season.
- No. 2 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 6 Campolindo (6 p.m. at San Ramon Valley)
- Hat tricks by senior Mikey Williams and underclassman Jack Deely and Mason Chambliss, Williams, plus nine saves by Keaton Fox, made the Wolves winners over De La Salle 12-7.
- The Cougars edged rival Miramonte 10-9 in a rematch of last year’s championship game, which the Matadors won.
- These two teams have split two games this season, both by a single goal. Campolindo beat host San Ramon Valley 8-7 on Sept. 15 and SRV returned the favor with a 7-6 victory at the NCS/CCS Tournament on Sept. 26.
GIRLS — DIVISION 1
- No. 1 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 4 California (7:15 p.m. at San Ramon Valley)
- Sarah Klass went off with four goals and four assists as the Wolves dominated College Park 19-1, with two goals apiece also coming from Lexi Liebowitz, Laine McPherson, Erin McCreary and Emily Ryan.
- The Grizzlies downed Amador Valley 15-5.
- These teams faced off in EBAL play in an Oct. 8 game that San Ramon Valley won 23-2.
- No. 2 Monte Vista vs. No. 3 Las Lomas (6 p.m. at Miramonte)
- The Mustangs pulled away from Washington in the second half for a 20-8 win with the help of Lauren Indart’s six goals and Jolie Trujillo’s four goals and five assists.
- The Knights downed Foothill 16-5.
BOYS — DIVISION 2
- No. 5 Northgate vs. No. 9 Bishop O’Dowd (6 p.m. at Campolindo)
- The Knights held off Justin-Siena-Napa 10-9 with the help of hat tricks from Ivan Koroleu and Decklan Cashman, along with goals from Sebastian Stahl, Conner Rutledge, Shawn Forer and Andrew Joseph.
- The Dragons edged top-seeded Redwood-Larkspur 7-6 behind hat tricks from Tyler Labot and Joey Isola as well as what coach Jim Ulversoy called an “epic” block by goalie Nick Entriech.
- No. 2 Tamalpais vs. No. 6 Marin Academy (6 p.m. at Sir Francis Drake)
GIRLS — DIVISION 2
- No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 4 Marin Catholic (7:15 p.m. at Miramonte)
- The Matadors cruised by Carondelet 17-3 powered by sophomore Grace Tehaney’s five goals and hat tricks by Carson Broad and Rose Tuttle.
- Marin Catholic defeated Novato 10-7.
- No. 2 Campolindo vs. No. 3 Acalanes (7:15 p.m. at Campolindo)
- The Cougars defeated Northgate 16-7 behind their usual leaders, Katie Klein (four goals, two assists) and Olivia Price (three goals, four assists).
- The Dons downed Drake 11-5.
- Acalanes avenged a 7-4 loss to Campolindo at its own tournament Sept. 12 by beating the host Cougars 9-8 in triple overtime during league play Oct. 7.
Here are Saturday’s second-round matchups for East Bay schools in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs, with how each team got there:
BOYS — DIVISION 1
- No. 1 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo vs. No. 9 Monte Vista (6:15 p.m. at Drake): The Mustangs edged eighth-seeded Amador Valley 11-10 while Pirates continued their undefeated season with a 23-1 win over Deer Valley.
- No. 2 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 7 De La Salle (2 p.m. at San Ramon Valley): The Wolves won 25-6 over Clayton Valley Charter behind five gaols from Mikey Williams and the Spartans beat Foothill 17-8 with the help of hat tricks from Jake Simpson, Seth Barbieri, Robert Driscoll and Jimmy Simonelli.
- No. 3 Miramonte vs. No. 6 Campolindo (5 p.m. at Miramonte): The Matadors defeated Washington 19-7 while the Cougars downed Alameda 17-4.
- No. 4 Las Lomas vs. No. 5 Acalanes (3:45 p.m. at Acalanes): The Knights downed California 20-5 and the Dons defeated Mission San Jose 18-6 behind four goals apiece from Tommy Fellner and Brendan Supple.
GIRLS — DIVISION 1
- No. 1 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 9 College Park (3:15 p.m. at San Ramon Valley): The Wolves beat Deer Valley 21-1 with the help of three goals and seven assists by Lexi Leibowitz while the Falcons edged eighth-seeded James Logan 9-8 behind Beverly Kurk’s 12 saves.
- No. 2 Monte Vista vs. No. 7 Washington (3:45 p.m. at Campolindo): The Mustangs took care of Heritage 12-1 behind Jolie Trujillo’s three goals and the Huskies beat Alameda 8-6.
- No. 3 Las Lomas vs. No. 11 Foothill (5 p.m. at Acalanes): The Knights downed Clayton Valley Charter 14-5 and the Falcons upset sixth-seeded Liberty 15-5.
- No. 4 California vs. No. 5 Amador Valley (5 p.m. at Campolindo): The Grizzlies beat American 10-3 while the Dons defeated Irvington 17-5.
BOYS — DIVISION 2
- No. 1 Redwood-Larkspur vs. No. 9 Bishop O’Dowd (5 p.m. at Contra Costa College): The Dragons downed eighth-seeded Alhambra 16-15 while the Giants had a bye.
- No. 3 Livermore vs. No. 6 Marin Academy (3:45 p.m. at Miramonte): The Cowboys had a bye while the Wildcats beat Piedmont 15-8.
- No. 4 Justin-Siena-Napa vs. No. 5 Northgate (2:30 p.m. at Contra Costa College): Both teams had byes.
GIRLS — DIVISION 2
- No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 8 Carondelet (6:15 p.m. at Carondelet): The Matadors beat Marin Academy 14-1 and the Cougars defeated Encinal 14-5 led by Allison Carr’s seven goals.
- No. 2 Campolindo vs. No. 7 Northgate (6:15 p.m. at Campolindo): Behind Katie Klein’s four goals and three assists, the Cougars beat Bishop O’Dowd 20-2 while the Broncos used six goals by Marisa DeMeo and five goals by Zoe Ramia to defeat Concord 13-4.
- No. 3 Acalanes vs. No. 6 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo (2:30 p.m. at Acalanes): The Dons downed Ukiah 12-6 and the Pirates beat Justin-Siena 19-12.
Almost a decade after leading the College Park High girls water polo team to the playoffs as a player, Lauren Seidemann is trying to bring the program back to prominence.
“It’s fun to bring this program back up to where it was,” said Seidemann, a 2006 graduate and second-year head coach. “We had a pretty decent program when I was there and it sort of fell off a bit. I have a lot of kids who know what they’re doing.”
Last year the Falcons reached the North Coast Section Division 1 playoffs for the first time since Seidemann’s sister, Melissa, graduated in 2008.
“I think it was a really big ego booster,” the coach said. “They were like, ‘Oh we can actually do this, because we made this game.’ It’s one of those experiences as a player that you don’t forget.”
College Park seems bound for the postseason again this season, with a 4-0 Diablo Valley Athletic League record heading into this week. The Falcons were 13-5 overall including a 3-0 run through the Trisha Tsukamoto Tournament on Sept. 26 and a 2-2 finish at the Foothill Tournament on Oct. 2-3.
Seniors Beverly Kurk and Gabriella Garcia-Roy are key pieces for the Falcons, as are juniors Becca Monroe and Alyssa Mikesell and sophomore Jaime Pitcher.
Those five “pretty much don’t come out of the game at all,” said Seidemann, who played for UC Davis and coached JV at Campolindo for two seasons.
Kurk, a goalkeeper, is “one of the most coachable players that I’ve ever had,” Seidemann said.
Of Garcia-Roy, the coach said, “She just really knows what she’s doing and is able to stay in front. She’s a big reason why we can do what we do on offense.”
That’s where top scorers Monroe and Pitcher come in, with 47 and 42 goals, respectively, through Sunday.
“I do demand a lot, and they really show up,” Seidemann said. “It’s pretty impressive actually, to see where the program was and where it’s progressed to because of how hard the kids work.”
These are selected by a coaches committee. The top players (not listed in order) will be sent for All-America recognition.
Here are the All-East Bay/North Bay boys water polo selections for the Fall 2014 season. These selections are made by NCS coaches. The girls list will be posted as soon as we’re able to track it down.
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.
Here are the top players in the NCS, as selected by the coaches.
Kat Klass (San Ramon Valley) Jr.
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.
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.
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.
Annika Jensen (Campolindo) Jr.
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.
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.
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.