Seven fall sports league titles go to five East Bay schools

Seven fall sports league titles go to five East Bay schools

De La Salle defeated perennial power Miramonte 15-12 Saturday evening to claim the Spartans fifth North Coast Section Open Division water polo championship. DLS went undefeated in EBAL league play. (Photo courtesy De La Salle Athletics)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, CA (Nov. 13, 2021)Five local schools claimed seven league championships as fall high school sports moved into post-season competition after the conclusion of East Bay and Diablo athletic league schedules.

In addition, Northgate and De La Salle boys and Carondelet girls captured North Coast Section water polo championships.

Clayton Valley Charter won the EBAL Mountain Division football title while its unbeaten girls tennis team won the DAL Valley Division.

De La Salle and Northgate boys rolled to EBAL and DAL Valley water polo crowns, respectively. Carondelet won the EBAL girls golf tournament and College Park girls team took DAL Valley water polo and golf titles.

Water Polo

7 fall sports league titles go to 5 local schools
Northgate won its third North Coast Section Division II water polo championship on Saturday with a 15-7 win over second seed Marin Catholic. Earlier, the Broncos boys captured the Diablo Athletic League Valley Division water polo title. The team includes, from left, Callum Albright, Kyle Moreland, Jakob Carstensen, Tommy Meriam, Mark Hirsch, Colin Parker, Tate Stein, Aiden Chenault, league MVP Ben Forer, Tommy Martin, Jack Emelson, Nate Sullivan and coach Taylor Herman. (Photo courtesy Northgate Athletics)

Carondelet, Northgate and De La Salle won North Coast Section water polo championships Saturday.

Northgate boys backed up their top seeding with a 15-7 victory over Marin Catholic in Saturday’s championship match for the Broncos third NCS Division II title after earlier winning the DAL Valley championship. The Broncos finished the season with 19 wins in a row. This fall, the team placed third at the Sierra Shootout and Napa and won the Santa Theresa Invitational and the Tri-Valley Tournament.

Before this fall Carondelet had won 55 North Coast Section team championships over nine different sports. Now those numbers are 56 titles and 10 sports after the Cougars water polo team won the NCS Division II title on Saturday.

No. 2 Carondelet edged fourth seed Marin Catholic 8-7 in the DII girls championship match as the Cougars won their first-ever NCS water polo title. Carondelet coach Cat Arroyo was able to celebrate again a few hours later when her husband, Robert Arroyo, was the winning coach when his De La Salle Spartans claimed the boys Open Division championship a few miles away on the DLS campus.

De La Salle, winner of the EBAL championship with an 8-0 record, beat 15-time champion Miramonte 15-12 in the Open Division finale. The Spartans won four NCS titles between 2000 and 2004 and claimed its fifth crown 17 years after its last championship.

College Park boys lost to No. 1 seed Redwood in the DI quarterfinals while CVCHS lost its opener in the same bracket. The Falcon girls were seeded fifth in DI after winning DAL Valley title and were ousted in the quarterfinals by James Logan.

Girls Golf

Carondelet girls golf won the EBAL tournament championship and then placed fourth at North Coast Section tournament (one stroke out of third and a spot in the NorCal Championships). The three teams finishing ahead of the Cougars were all from the EBAL. (Photo courtesy Carondelet High Athletics)
Junior Ellexis Mingming of Northgate dethroned 2-time DAL golf MVP Kaylen Tu (right) of Miramonte. (Photo courtesy Northgate Athletics)

Carondelet won the EBAL tournament and then missed out advancing to the NorCal Tournament this week by one stroke at the NCS championships at Diablo Creek Golf Course in Concord. Sammie Miller shot 74 and Morgan Gamble 75 as the Cougars placed fourth at NCS with a 402 total.

College Park won the DAL Valley Division girls championship and Northgate also qualified for the Section meet.

League medalist Ellen Mingming of Northgate shot 70 to finish second overall at NCS and qualified for this week’s NorCal tournament as an individual. The junior beat her friendly rival Kaylen Tu of Miramonte, who was trying to become the first three-time league MVP.

Cross Country

Senior Oscar Gomez of De La Salle ran to the EBAL boys cross country championship last Saturday at Newhall Park in Concord winning the three-mile race by less than one second. The Spartans took fifth in the varsity race while Carondelet was seventh on the girls side.

Campolindo swept both DAL championships with College Park a close second in the boys race Saturday at Hidden Valley Park. Northgate was third in boys and fifth in girls. Clayton Valley Charter took fourth in the boys race.

Junior Alex Lamoureux won the DAL boys race for the Falcons. Daniel Messer of CVCHS was the first sophomore across the finish line in fourth overall. Nicholas Knisley of Northgate was fifth, Lev Afonine (CP) seventh, Aidan Sunbury (NG) eighth and Alex Walker of CVCHS ninth. College Park’s Jack Rattary was the first freshman in 11th place.

Megan Mallory was the top girls finisher in seventh place for the Northgate junior. Lindsey Reed was 12th for College Park, sophomore Skylar Bennett led CVCHS in 28th and Alana Sevier was Concord’s top runner in 34th.

The NCS Championships are Nov. 20 at Hayward High and the CIF State Championships one week later in Woodward Park in Fresno.

Girls Tennis

7 fall sports league titles go to 5 local schools
CVCHS raced undefeated through the DAL Valley Division tennis season. The league champions include, front row from left, Brooke Townsend, Rose Ets-Hokin, Adriana Alcasabas, Mara Pierre, Ruma Pierre, Iris Ets-Hokin, Ella Potts; back row, coach Kimi Watada, Emma Gius, Giovanna Fielding, Leah Lopez, coach Shane Velez, Sofia Woolard, Milana Shteyn, Camila Balmaceda and coach Doug Wisman. Not pictured, Jessica Nielsen and Emilee Broughton. (Charles Lindsey photography)
7 fall sports league titles go to 5 local schools
Clayton Valley Charter girls doubles team of seniors Emma Gius (left) and Giovanna Fielding won the DAL Valley Division doubles title with a convincing performance over a strong team from Alhambra to qualify for the NCS doubles tournament Nov. 15. (Photo courtesy CVCHS Athletics)

Undefeated Clayton Valley Charter won the DAL Valley Division title for the second time in three years and its senior doubles team of Emma Gius and Giovanna Fielding won the league championship and will take part next Monday in the NCS doubles tournament at Heritage High.

The Ugly Eagles will be in the NCS team tournament this Tuesday. Juniors Sofia Woolard and Adriana Alcasabas reached the Valley Division tournament finals and semi-finals, respectively.

Girls Volleyball

Carondelet was the fourth seed in North Coast Section Division II and won two matches before falling to top seed and eventual champion Marin Catholic in the semi-finals. The Cougars are top seed at NorCal this week in Division III, opening play Thursday after a first-round bye.

Northgate was seeded sixth and beat crosstown rival Las Lomas in its opening NCS match before losing in the quarterfinals. Tenth seed College Park lost in the opening round.


Jay Bedecarré
Jay Bedecarré
Sports and Schools Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer | | Website

Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.