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:
Joey Fabian (Miramonte)
Bryan Snyder (Las Lomas)
Joe Dietrich (Acalanes)
Jake Kisner (Acalanes)
Nick Deaver (Miramonte)
Kyle Surber (Amador Valley)
Thomas Nelson (De La Salle)
Justin Roberto (San Ramon Valley)
Ryan Sevilla (Las Lomas)
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.
Many league champions have already been decided, but there are two huge games this week in the EBAL and DFAL that will decide who brings home the title.
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.
By this evening all six East Bay water polo leagues will have started up. Here’s a quick rundown on how the league title races might play out with predicted champions.
The season is about four weeks old now, and so far there haven’t been too many surprises. The perennial top teams are still dominating in nonleague games and the big tournaments, but some of the smaller tournaments have given other teams time to shine.
The Miramonte boys earn a one-goal win over Acalanes. The Monte Vista girls top Campolindo decisively.
That was how the NCS championship games played out last year. It’s also the way the 2010 season began.
Dating back to 2006, the only teams to win North Coast Section water polo titles have been the Miramonte boys and Monte Vista girls.
That is guaranteed to change this year.
Monte Vista High incoming senior Maggie Steffens was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week after helping the U.S. national water polo team win the FINA World League Super Final title last weekend.
Steffens, the only high school player on the national team roster, made the team’s fifth and final penalty shot in a shootout to give the U.S. a 12-11 win over Australia in the championship game.
Monte Vista High’s Maggie Steffens is playing with the U.S. National water polo team in the FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla this week and USA water polo is streaming every match live on their website. You can check it out here.
Steffens, who will be a senior at Monte Vista this fall and is the team’s youngest player, scored in all three of the U.S.’ preliminary round wins. The team defeated Canada last night in the quarterfinals and today play against Greece in a 7 p.m. semifinal.