The opening round of the North Coast Section football playoffs got underway this past weekend and it was pretty much business as usual for the East Bay Athletic League teams.
The lone “upset” – a lower seed beating a higher seed – came in the Open/D-I playoffs where No. 5 California avenged an earlier season loss, beating No. 4 Monte Vista 48-21.
In other games in the division, top-seeded De La Salle beat James Logan 49-13, No. 2 Pittsburg beat No. 7 Amador Valley 69-7, and No. 3 Clayton Valley beat No. 6 Antioch 42-21.
That sets up with De La Salle taking on Pitt Friday night in a 7 p.m. game. The winner will be crowned the Open champion, while the loser drops down to play the winner of the Clayton Valley-California game for the Division I title.
California will travel to Clayton Valley for the 7 p.m., Friday night game.
In the D-II tournament, top seeded San Ramon Valley beat No. 8 Livermore 35-7, No. 4 Campolindo beat No. 5 Dublin 38-28, No. 2 Rancho Cotate beat No. 7 Granada 37-0, and No. 3 Foothill dominated No. 6 San Leandro from the opening kickoff, rolling to a 39-13 win.
In one semifinal Friday, Campolindo will travel to San Ramon Valley for a 7 p.m. game. The other will see Foothill travel to Rancho Cotate on Saturday with kickoff also set for 7 p.m.
Girls’ NorCal Volleyball
Four EBAL teams advanced into the CIF Northern California tournament, with three of them winning at least one match.
No. 7 seeded Amador Valley opened the tournament with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 10 St. Francis, then got a huge break when No. 15 Salinas beat No. 2 Clovis North in the first round.
Taking full advantage, the Dons beat Salinas 3-1 to advance to the semifinals.
In the semis, the Dons turned in another strong match, but ultimately lost to No. 3 Hillsdale 3-1.
No. 5 Monte Vista beat No. 12 Sacred Heart 3-0, but then fell to No. 13 Los Gatos 3-2.
No. 9 Foothill knocked off No. 8 Cosumnes Oaks 3-0 in the first round before taking top-seed Oak Ridge to five games before falling 3-2.
San Ramon Valley was seeded No. 14 and fell to Hillsdale 3-2.
Girls’ Team Tennis
Amador Valley earned the top seed by virtue of their 22-0 mark, then proceeded to blow through two opponents on the way to the Championship match.
In the first round the Dons beat Arroyo 7-0, then polished off Heritage by the same final.
In the championship match, Amador saw their perfect season come to an end when No. 7 Mission San Jose pulled the shocking upset.
The season is not over for the Dons as they advanced to the NorCal tournament by virtue of their second-place finish. NorCal’s run Friday and Saturday in Folsom.
Monte Vista earned the No. 2 seed, then went out and beat Ukiah 7-0 before getting upset by Mission San Jose in the second round, dropping a 4-3 final.
Carondelet was the No. 6 seed and beat Maria Carillo 5-2 in the first round before falling 6-1 to No. 3 Campolindo.
Foothill also made the tournament, getting the No. 10 seed, but then proceeded to lose to Mission San Jose 6-1.
Girls’ golf teams excel!
The EBAL was represented by three teams at the CIF Northern California High School Girls’ Golf Championships, Nov. 8 at the Berkeley Country Club, located in the hills above El Cerrito.
Jaclyn LaHa of Amador Valley captured the individual championship, shooting a one-over par 73, trying Olivia Duan of Campolindo, and Kara Lee of Dougherty Valley.
All three earned individual spots to State.
LaHa, who earlier this year competed in the U.S. Women’s Open at the Olympic Club, won the title with an eagle on the second playoff hole.
Duan grabbed the second automatic spot, with Lee getting the third.
Dougherty Valley (424) was fourth, Foothill (429) fifth, and Amador Valley (444) eighth in the team competition, missing out on qualifying for the CIF State tournament Nov. 16 at Poppy Hills.
Valley Christian of San Jose was first with a team score of 391, with Granite Bay second at 402, and Palo Alto third with 403, as all three advanced to state.
Following are the team score breakdowns:
Dougherty Valley (424): Kara Lee (73), Chloe Ku (85), Maya Dela Rama (87), Rhea Shetty (89), and Kelly Liu (90).
Foothill (429): Elizabeth Hang (79), Teresa Thorbjorsen (83), Kristen Yeh (84), Aditi Balakrishna (91), and Vicky Thorbjornsen (92).
Amador Valley (444): Jaclyn LaHa (73), Kiera Howard (80), Nikita Jahav (81), Samantha Ravi (97), and Rhea Bhandari (113).
Girls’ Water Polo
Amador was the lone EBAL team in the Open division and the No. 3 seeded Dons advanced to the semifinals before falling to No. 2 seed Campolindo 19-4.
In Division I play, San Ramon Valley got the No. 1 seed and following a first round bye went out and beat No. 8 Heritage 14-1, then No. 4 James Logan 13-6 to advance to the finals.
In the finals the Wolves got the best No. 2 seed Las Lomas, winning the title 8-5.
No. 6 Monte Vista took out No. 11 Castro Valley 15-4, then fell to Archie Williams (San Anselmo) 17-10.
Foothill drew the No. 9 seed, but then fell to Heritage 9-5.
Boys’ Water Polo
In Open play, De La Salle was the No. 3 seed, with the Spartans beating No. 6 San Ramon Valley 10-8. In the semifinals, the Spartans knocked off No. 2 Archie Williams 12-8.
In the finals, De La Salle beat Miramonte 15-12.
Monte Vista was the No. 5 seed and lost to No. 4 Miramonte 16-13 in the first round.
In D-I play, Amador Valley was seeded No. 7 and scored a 15-8 win over Vintage in the first round before falling 20-8 to No. 2 Acalanes in the second round.