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.


PHOTOS: Signing Day wrap up

Wednesday was a day of celebration for high school athletes as they finally made their college choices official. A collection of photos from East Bay signing day ceremonies can be found below.  To send us updates from your event, email prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com. Thanks to the parents, coaches and athletic directors that have already provided us with photos and other signing day information!

Click here for a more complete list of East Bay signings.

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Former East Bay standouts make CIF’s Fall All-Century team

D.J. Williams, a former De La Salle football star, made the CIF's Fall All-Century. Former Spartans Amani Toomer and Michael Hutchings also made the list.

D.J. Williams, a former De La Salle football star, made the CIF’s Fall All-Century. Former Spartans Amani Toomer and Michael Hutchings also made the list.

The CIF is doing a pretty cool thing to celebrate its 100th anniversary, putting together an “All-Century” team during each season to honor some of the very best athletes to come out of California high schools. The fall list was released today and includes some really impressive names, as you’d expect.

Below is a list of the honored athletes who graduated from East Bay high schools, from oldest to youngest. De La Salle football and Contra Costa County water polo receive the heaviest representation of the locals. You can find the complete list here.

1942 – Norm Van Brocklin, Acalanes (Football)
1951 – Bill Walsh, Hayward (Football)
1982 – Matt Biondi, Campolindo (Water Polo)
1984 – Kirk Everist, Miramonte (Water Polo)
1991 – Amani Toomer, De La Salle (Football)
1997 – Heather Petri, Miramonte (Water Polo)
1997 – Kelly Shouey, Carondelet (Water Polo)
1999 – D.J. Williams, De La Salle (Football)
2010 – Maggie Steffens, Monte Vista (Water Polo)
2012 – Michael Hutchings, De La Salle (Football)


Valley Christian-Dublin forfeits football game

Valley Christian-Dublin’s varsity football team is forfeiting its scheduled game tonight against Salesian due to a lack of players, Vikings coach Justin Lowell confirmed in a text to the Bay Area News Group.
With the victory, Salesian ends the regular season with an undefeated Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division record (6-0) and an 8-2 overall mark. Valley Christian falls to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in TCAL-Rock action.

East Bay football poll — 11/5

Here’s our last East Bay football poll of the regular season.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (6) 9-0 90 1
2. Foothill 8-1 84 2
3. Pittsburg 7-2 75 4
4. California 7-2 72 3
5. Clayton Valley Charter 9-0 68 5
6. Campolindo 9-0 61 6
7. James Logan 7-2 53 8
8. McClymonds 8-0 45 9
9. Concord 8-1 43 10
10. San Ramon Valley 5-4 39 7
11. Freedom 6-3 29 11
12. Liberty 7-2 22 12
13. Salesian 7-2 20 13
14. Las Lomas 7-2 11 14
15. Kennedy-Fremont 9-0 5 15

Also receiving votes:  Amador Valley (5-4, 2 votes), Piedmont (9-0, 1).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


NCS football playoff picture

Miramonte can qualify for the NCS Division II playoffs with a win this week.

Miramonte can qualify for the NCS Division II playoffs with a win over Dublin this weekend.

With one week left in the regular season, here’s a look at the North Coast Section playoff picture in Divisions I-IV.


Qualified (in no particular order): De La Salle, Amador Valley, Foothill, Cal, San Ramon Valley, Monte Vista, Antioch, Pittsburg, Freedom, Liberty, James Logan, San Leandro, Mission San Jose

Need to win this weekend: Heritage, Deer Valley, Castro Valley

Eliminated: Berkeley, Dougherty Valley, Irvington

Notes: Even though there are only 19 total teams in Division I this year, it’s going to be a pretty full bracket with thirteen teams having already qualified for the maximum 16-team tournament. One more is sure to join them. Heritage and Deer Valley aren’t just playing to avoid the BVAL cellar, the winner will be playoff eligible and the loser will not. Castro Valley can also make it with a win over Bishop O’Dowd in its season finale. And no, including Mission San Jose on the “qualified” list was not a typo. The Warriors played just one Division I team this year — Irvington — and won, so they have a qualifying record against Division I teams. But at 1-8 overall, coach Sam Baugh said this week that Mission San Jose wouldn’t apply… The committee could have trouble deciding between Pittsburg and James Logan for the No. 3 seed.

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CIF endorses football clinic

The California Interscholastic Federation announced today that it is endorsing a free clinic about football techniques that will be held in February in Santa Clara, UC Davis, UCLA and Balboa Park in San Diego.
The Practice Like Pros clinic, which will have former NFL stars Warren Moon and Anthony Munoz as panelists among others, advocates less contact on high school practice fields. The CIF will issue clinic invitations to high school coaches, athletic directors, team doctors, athletic trainers, principals/headmasters and players’ parents.
The tour itinerary is as follows: Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. — Palisades Ballroom, UCLA; Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. — San Diego Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego; Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. — The Theater at Santa Clara Convention Center; Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. — Wright Hall, UC Davis.


Boys Soccer: WSC, Pre-Season Rankings

The time has come to release the schedule for the Winter Soccer Classic, and to make the Pre-Season Top 15 official.
The WSC will start right when I return from England, where I will be making a pilgrimage to visit many Premier League grounds. The trip will also include a stop in Germany to watch Everton in the Europa League. More details to follow.
Without further adieu.
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