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.


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.


Water polo All-Americans announced

The annual California/Hawaii All-America list was released recently and several East Bay boys players were honored. Here are the locals who were selected:

1st team
Joey Fabian (Miramonte)
Bryan Snyder (Las Lomas)

2nd team
Joe Dietrich (Acalanes)

4th team
Jake Kisner (Acalanes)

5th team
Nick Deaver (Miramonte)

7th team
Kyle Surber (Amador Valley)
Thomas Nelson (De La Salle)

9th team
Justin Roberto (San Ramon Valley)
Ryan Sevilla (Las Lomas)


All-NCS water polo teams

EDIT: Las Lomas’ Danielle Johnson is the girls Division II MVP. That info was omitted on the original list I received.

Here are the boys and girls All-NCS (East Bay/North Bay) water polo teams, as selected by the local coaches. Next Tuesday we will begin publishing our own All-East Bay teams for water polo, football, volleyball, cross country and girls tennis and golf. Those teams are selected by the Bay Area News Group prep sports staff.
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Water polo: Notes and rankings — Oct. 18

The North Coast Section playoffs are just two weeks away and league title scenarios are getting clearer across the East Bay. The biggest match of the week will be in Orinda where Miramonte hosts Acalanes on Wednesday. Both teams are 3-0 in the DFAL with one more league game remaining after this week’s showdown. The Dons won last year’s DFAL matchup 10-6 on their way to the league title, but the Matadors got revenge with a one-goal win in the NCS championship game.
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