November 11, 2009 > Polo season ends for local schools
Polo season ends for local schools
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo
Five Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) squads qualified for North Coast Section Tournament play this season, but none were able to make it out of the first week.
Mission San Jose and Newark Memorial high schools' girls teams both prevailed in the opening round, while Washington High School's boys side made it through to play in Saturday's second round.
Mission, seeded 13 in the girls bracket, took down number 20 Ygnacio Valley High School with ease, 13-3, in its opening round match at the Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga. Newark was seeded 19 in the girls bracket and was able to upset the 14 seed Clayton Valley High School, 5-4, in the first round at Miramonte High School. Seeded 10th in the boys bracket, Washington proved too much for number 23 Freedom High School as they cruised, 18-8, also at the Soda Aquatic Center.
Celebration was short-lived, however, as all three first-round winners were bounced out of the tourney in the second round.
On the boys side, Washington made the move from Soda Aquatic Center to Miramonte High for their second-round match-up with seventh-seeded Las Lomas High School. Washington couldn't muster much on offense as Las Lomas sunk the Huskies, 12-4.
For the girls, Newark, like the Washington boys, took on Las Lomas at Miramonte High. The girls of Las Lomas were seeded number three and proved to be even more dominant than their boys side, beating the Cougars 16-4.
Mission took on the fourth-seeded San Ramon Valley High School girls team with as much success as their fellow-MVAL Cougars, falling convincingly to the higher seed, 16-4, at Monte Vista High School on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Washington's girls side, as well as Irvington High School's boys team were eliminated in the opening round on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Number 18 Alhambra upset the 15th-seeded Lady Huskies of Washington, 7-5 at the Soda Aquatic Center. Sir Francis Drake High School, seeded 13 in the boys bracket, avoided the upset by number 20 Irvington by prevailing 12-11.