MORAGA -- With Grant Sivesind fulfilling a variety of roles, the Campolindo High boys water polo team completed a historic season.
One of just three seniors on the roster, Sivesind provided leadership, defense, scoring and intangibles as the Cougars won a North Coast Section championship for the first time.
"He's the type of player that any coach would want," Campolindo coach Miles Price said. "When we want him to be the best offensive player in the pool, he can be, and when we need him to shut down the other team's best player, he can. We could always rely on him. He was like having another coach in the water."
The first option on both offense and defense for the Division I section champions, Sivesind has been named the East Bay Boys Water Polo Player of the Year.
In the NCS championship game against rival Miramonte, Sivesind and the Cougars weren't intimidated by the Matadors' history. Miramonte had won seven of the previous eight section titles and had never lost to Campolindo in Sivesind's four-year varsity career.
But in his last high school game, he scored twice and played his usual strong defense as the Cougars prevailed 11-10.
"It was awesome," Sivesind said. "I've got some buddies on that team who have been talking trash since my freshman year, so it was a great feeling to finally stick it to them."
Sivesind was also named the Diablo Foothill Athletic League MVP after scoring 92 goals with 15 assists, 32 steals and 48 earned ejections.
"He was unselfish and understood his role and was willing to sacrifice number of goals for defensive stops," Price said. "A big part of Grant's season was just shutting down top players on the other team. He could do that and get goals."
Sivesind has also played a role in the school's dominance in boys swimming the past few years. The freestyle sprinter helped set two NCS relay records last year as the Cougars won a ninth consecutive section title.
But for Sivesind, winning a title in water polo was extra special.
"For me, I feel like I'm a lot more a part of the water polo team just because I've put so much more work and effort into making this happen," he said.