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.


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.



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.


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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