The Miramonte High boys water polo team passed a big early test Wednesday, beating San Ramon Valley 11-6 in a rematch of last year's North Coast Section Division I championship.
It appears the Matadors, who have won 12 section titles over the past 17 years, may be the team to beat yet again.
Last November, Miramonte needed sudden death to defeat San Ramon Valley, but Wednesday's nonleague contest in Orinda lacked the same drama.
The Wolves' Conor Neumann netted the first goal of the game before Miramonte scored six straight -- all by different players -- to take control in the second period. Miramonte worked with at least a three-goal cushion the rest of the way.
Jack Fellner led the balanced Matadors with three goals. Charlie Wiser, Jack Conner and Nick Coufal all scored twice.
"We never try to rely on one guy or two guys for that matter," Miramonte coach James Lathrop said. "We just want to attack on offense and whoever is open for the shot hopefully has the confidence to take it."
The Wolves, under new coach Tony Tovani, came into Wednesday's game fresh off winning the Roche Tournament in Atherton.
Tyler Martin, who contributed 28 steals in the four tournament games, was the Wolves' leader against Miramonte with three goals.
Athenian 4, Bentley 0: Alex Kim scored two goals, including the opener in the eighth minute, to lead the Owls past the Phoenix
Zach Virgilio also scored and assisted on both of Kim's goals as Athenian improved 6-0-2 overall and 3-0 in league. Goalie Mark Dominguez made six saves for Athenian, and Ben Lehman had 10 saves for Bentley (3-1, 2-1).
Women's water polo
Diablo Valley 10, Santa Rosa 5: Erin Ranahan scored six goals and Taylor Henry added two goals and an assist to lead the host Vikings past the Bear Cubs in a Big 8 Conference match. Goalkeeper Katie Campbell made 10 saves for the Vikings (9-1, 2-0 Big 8), who outscored Santa Rosa 4-2 in the second half. The Bear Cubs dropped to 0-6 and 0-2 in conference play.