Cougars roll in the pool

  • In the span of four days, the Campolindo High girls water polo team wrapped up an unbeaten Diablo Foothill Athletic League season and took first place at the prestigious NorCal Invitational. The Cougars beat Clovis West 11-7 in the final of the tournament, which features the top teams from across NorCal, on Oct. 27. Sam Flower had four goals in the title game and eight overall as the Cougars won the NorCal tournament for the first time ever.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Vikings can't hold late lead

  • The Diablo Valley College football team couldn't hold on against Siskiyous in its Mid-Empire League opener and suffered a 34-27 loss. The Vikings went ahead 27-26 when Quinn Kaehler hit Cameron Rowland for a 2-yard score with 9:30 to play but Siskiyous responded with a 54-yard pass play for a TD a minute later. Kaehler threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and Rowland caught eight passes for 95 yards.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Broncos rock DVAL field


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  • The Northgate High girls tennis team dominated the Diablo Valley Athletic League championship Oct. 24-26. The Broncos, who went undefeated as a team in league play, also swept the singles and double competition. Freshman Ana Boeriu won the singles title over teammate Kristina Lencesova while Lindsey Welch and Shannon Markiewicz earned the doubles crown over teammates Katie Shimizu and Julia Chernyavsky.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    On deck

  • DVAL championships, cross country, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. -- The postseason kicks off at Martinez's Hidden Valley Park where the league's top runners will duel for team and individual titles. Northgate's Danny Stalters is one to watch on the boys side.

  • Sacramento City at Diablo Valley, football, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. -- The Vikings will try to even their Mid-Empire Conference record when they host the 5-3 Panthers.

  • De La Salle at California, football, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. -- The Spartans will try to spoil the Grizzlies' senior night and complete an unbeaten regular season in this nonleague game. Cal has already clinched at least a share of the EBAL title.

  • NCS playoffs, girls water polo, Nov. 3, times TBA -- Campolindo and Acalanes received the top two seeds in the NCS Division II playoffs and have first round byes. The Cougars play the winner of Marin Catholic and Ygnacio Valley while the Dons play the Tamalpais/Ukiah winner in the quarterfinals.

    Stars of the week

  • Maddie Tagg, Campolindo girls water polo -- The sophomore goalie produced 17 saves to help the Cougars beat Miramonte 14-4 to win the DFAL championship with a 5-0 league record.

  • Marshall Deutz, Miramonte football -- The senior rushed for 94 yards and scored three times in a 45-34 win over Las Lomas on Oct. 26. Deutz rushed for scores of 90 and 1 yards and also returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown.

  • Drew Holland, Miramonte boys water polo -- The senior co-captain has been rock solid in front of the cage all year and turned it up a notch during the final week of the regular season. He had 10 saves in Miramonte's 13-5 win over Camplindo to clinch the DFAL title, then led the Matadors to a third-place finish at the Memorial Cup tournament.

  • Mikey Protheroe, Clayton Valley football -- The Eagles' quarterback scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter of a 41-21 win over Northgate on Oct. 26 to clinch a share of the DVAL title. Protheroe finished with three rushing TDs and was also 3 of 4 for 86 yards through the air.