Piedmont water polo takes third at WACC tournament

Back row: Luke McAuliffe, Leo Hurwitz, Charlie Wright, Elles Krieckhaus, Ori Aloush, Gus Von Metzsch, Yotam Kariv, Peter Krumins, Hayden Jahn, Finn Burke. Kneeling: Quincy Scherman, George Stein, Declan Linnane, Daniel Banin, Evan Dickason.

Piedmont High School’s boys water polo team took third place at the West Alameda County Conference tournament, defeating Castro Valley 15-8 in the third place game on Oct. 28.

The Highlanders were rewarded with a berth in the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs. Piedmont is the fourth seed and received a first round bye. The Highlanders will face the winner of Wednesday’s Newark Memorial-El Cerrito match on Nov. 4 at a time and site to be determined. Marin Academy received the No. 1 seed.

Declan Linnane led Piedmont against Castro Valley with six goals, two assists and one steal. Finn Burke had three goals and a steal, while Peter Krumins had two goals and an assist, Elles Krieckhaus had two goals and two steals and George Stein had two goals, two assists and a steal. Gus Von Metszch had two saves and three steals and Luke McAuliffe contributed four saves.

Piedmont had a strong second quarter, opening up a close game with four consecutive goals to make the score 7-2. It was 9-5 at halftime and 11-7 through three quarters.

Caleb Raumann led the Trojans (18-9) with three goals. Wesley Hon added two.

On Oct. 26, Piedmont fell to Berkeley in the semifinals, 10-9 in overtime. Krumins, Burke, and Leo Hurwitz each scored two goals for the Highlanders (16-10). Hurwitz added two assists and a steal while Krumins had an assist and a steal. Linnane, Stein, and Daniel Banin each had one goal.

On Oct. 24, Piedmont beat Encinal, 15-6.

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