Campolindo High girls water polo coach Kim Everist doesn't get too wrapped up in wins and losses this early in the season.
But she says winning the Acalanes Invitational is definitely a nice way to start the season.
The Cougars held on at the end to beat San Ramon Valley 8-7 in the title game last Saturday, making them champions of a tournament that features the East Bay's top programs.
Considering the Wolves are the defending North Coast Section Division I champions with five starters back, the win was a big one.
Campolindo is also coming off a strong 2011 season having finished second to Las Lomas in the NCS Division II championships.
This season, the Cougars are without four-year starters Kimi Klein and Gracie Fowler, but Everist is pleased with how cohesive her group has been so far.
"One of the things that's been really great is just the chemistry of the team," Everist said. "The leadership has been excellent. It's a really fun team and a really fun group."
Junior hole set Natalie Seidemann, whose older sister Melissa is part of the Olympic gold medalist women's water polo team, made a big impact over the weekend. She scored 12 goals over the four games, including three in the final.
Annika Jensen, a center defender, had nine goals total while sophomore goalie Maddie Tagg was solid all weekend in front of the cage. She had 16 saves in the final.
Campo has made the finals every year of the tournament,
All three Lamorinda teams were successful at the tournament. Miramonte and Acalanes met in the third place game with the Dons prevailing 5-3. Megan Dietrich had two goals to lead Acalanes, which trailed 3-1 at halftime before rallying for three goals in the third period.
HANSON OUT FAST: Miramonte's Tyler Hanson torched the competition at the Ed Sias Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 8.
Hanson, a senior and three-time state meet qualifier, had the fastest time of the day on the 2-mile Hidden Valley Park course -- by a lot. His time of 10 minutes, 4.5 seconds beat second place finisher Danny Stalters of Northgate by nearly 13 seconds. It was the seventh-fastest time ever on the course.
Hanson won the same race last year, but his time this year was nearly 10 seconds faster.
MATS QB STAYS HOT: Quarterback Nick Sheehan again delivered a monster performance for the Miramonte football team, but the Matadors came up just short in a shootout with Analy on Sept. 7.
Sheehan, who was supposed to be the Matadors' third-string quarterback before injuries sidelined Drew Anderson and Max Fernbacher, completed 28 of 44 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
Zati Williams was Sheehan's top target, catching 12 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown.