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Saturday, March 14 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Saturday, March 14, 2009 11:50pm



Stagg Tournament

New Trier outlasted Young in a shootout to claim the Stagg Tournament title on Saturday afternoon. The teams finished in an 8-8 tie, then both teams went 4-for-5 in the first round of the shootout. Both teams converted their next attempt in sudden death, but Young failed to make their next attempt and the Trevians converted to claim the 9-8 win.


Top performers for the tournament included New Trier's Bill Farmer (6 goals vs. Riverside-Brookfield), Young's Raul Ariza (4 goals vs. New Trier and 2 goals/5 kickouts drawn in win over Mundelein) and Mark Wilcoxen (3 goals in win over Mundelein), Mundelein's Mike Begrowicz (6 goals in a 15-6 win over Stagg in the third-place game) and Pat Falconer (7 goals vs. Bradley), Riverside-Brookfield's Graham Risley (8 goals in R-B's fifth-place game win over Bradley), Stagg's Ian DeBruyn (13 total goals in games against New Trier and R-B), and Bradley's Craig Richert (7 goals in Bradley's 17-7 win over Morton).


Rolling Meadows 10 Highland Park 3

Pat LeBuhn scored 8 goals and Dan Vockerath added 2 scores to lead the Mustangs to a 10-3 victory over Highland Park. The Mustangs finished the Highland Park Tournament with a 2-1 record, as LeBuhn totaled 10 goals, Vockerath finished with 8 scores, and Damian Fitzsimmons added 6 goals in three games.



Wheeling 9 Glenbrook South 2

Amy Wilson scored 4 goals and Liseli Baich added 2 scores to help lift Wheeling to a 9-2 nonconference win over Glenbrook South on Saturday morning.


Lincoln-Way East 14 Hinsdale Central 4

Alyssa Toland scored 4 goals and Katie Paul scored 3 times to lead the Griffins to a 14-4 win over Hinsdale Central on Saturday. Kara Nowakowski, Julie Warren, and Brittany Bevcar also scored 2 goals apiece for LWE in the win. Caitlin Connor scored 3 times and Ariel Rickelman added one goal for the Red Devils in the losing effort.


Loyola Tournament

Loyola knocked off Fremd 8-6 and also defeated Hersey and Riverside-Brookfield to claim their tournament title with a 3-0 record on Saturday afternoon. Maeve O'Connor and Krissy Durkin each scored 8 goals in the three-game set, while Nicole Pinelli tallied 6 goals and Ashley Letrich added 5 scores. Goalie Kathleen Servatius recorded 29 saves and allowed only 9 goals in three games.


Fremd's Erika Lauraitis led the Vikings to a 2-1 record on Saturday with 14 total goals, while teammate Allison McCarthy added 7 goals in three games.


New Trier Tournament

Sandburg beat New Trier 14-12 in the opening game of the the New Trier Tournament and also knocked off Evanston and St Viator to win the event with a 3-0 record. Alyssa Turza scored 5 goals in the win over the Trevians and totaled 9 scores to lead the Eagles over the weekend. Alex Bielski and Becky Werner also scored 6 goals and Kathy Asztalos added 5 in the three-game set for Sandburg. Goalie Stephanie Pouder also recorded 14 saves in the win over New Trier.


New Trier finished second in their tournament, scoring victories over Evanston and St Viator on Saturday. Ryanne O'Donnell and Sophia Palmer each scored 11 goals in three games, with O'Donnell scored 8 in their 14-12 loss to Sandburg and Palmer leading the way with 7 scores in their 17-6 victory over St Viator.


Evanston went 1-2 in the tournament, earning a 14-2 win over St Viator. Rosy Capron led the Wildkits at the tournament with 9 total goals. Cally Belbin led St Viator with 5 goals on Saturday.


Northside Tournament

York emerged with a 3-0 record over the weekend to claim the Northside Tournament title. Janet Skukas scored 3 goals to help lift the Lady Dukes to a 10-6 victory over second-place finisher Northside, while Amanda Hewson tallied 3 scores in York's 15-5 victory over Marian.


Mary Jean Potamites, Clare Donnelly, and Monica Pinkus combined to lead Northside to a 2-1 record in the tournament, as the Mustangs secured wins over Hinsdale South and Marian. Hinsdale South finished third after beating Marian 11-6.


Naperville Tournament

Naperville Central got 15 goals from Claire Fleming and 23 saves from goalie Sam Virella in a three-game sweep of the Naperville-area quad at Neuqua Valley on Friday and Saturday. The Redhawks beat the host Wildcats 14-8 on Friday night, then beat Naperville North and Waubonsie Valley on Saturday to finish with a 3-0 record.


Check the Live Scoreboard for updated scores from this weekend.


Saturday, March 14 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Saturday, March 14, 2009 5:30am


Stay tuned to on Saturday for the latest updates from around the state, which includes nine total tournaments and four other games in boys and girls action.


In the boys' tournaments, many questions loom. Can Young continue their great early season form after beating Mundelein on Friday night and advance to the Stagg Tournament's championship game? Will they meet up with New Trier, as the Trevians won their tournament opener last night to improve to 2-0 on the season? How will Naperville Central follow up its' first big win over the season over Neuqua Valley at the Waubonsie Valley Tournament? Who will emerge from the Hoffman Tournament on Saturday afternoon, with Schaumburg, Conant, Fremd, and Buffalo Grove all winning their opening games on Friday night?


On the girls' side, the New Trier Tournament showcases three Top 10 teams in the host Trevians, Sandburg, and Evanston, while Loyola will be challenged at its' own tournament by Fremd, R-B, and Hersey. The competition should also be tough at the Northside Tournament, with the hosts meeting up with Hinsdale South, York, and Marian. Plus, a lot can be learned when the four teams at the Naperville Tournament meet up, with four games lined up to begin at 8:50am on Saturday morning.


As always, send scores and updates to or via text (847-331-6520) or IM (illpolo2007).


Check out the Live Scoreboard for complete schedules for Thursday night.



Friday, March 13 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Friday, March 13, 2009 9:40pm



Hoffman Tournament

Conant, Fremd, Schaumburg, and Buffalo Grove each won their first games of the Hoffman Estates Tournament this evening. The action picks up again tomorrow morning at 8:00am with a key matchup between Conant-Fremd.


Stagg Tournament

Earlier this evening, Young stunned Mundelein 8-7, Stagg and R-B finished in a 12-12 tie, and New Trier defeated STC North 21-3. In the late games, Bradley knocked off Morton 17-7 and Stagg defeated STC North 13-6.


Waubonsie Tournament

Waubonsie Valley held off Naperville North 11-9 in the early game on Friday night. Naperville Central later defeated Neuqua Valley 14-8 as Ben Reasons scored 7 goals and Ryan Stanley added 3 goals in the win for the Redhawks.


Rolling Meadows 10 Glenbrook North 8

Dan Vockeroth scored 5 goals, Damian Fitzsimmons had 3 goals, and Pat LeBuhn added 2 scores in the Mustangs' 10-8 win over GBN on Friday night.



Buffalo Grove 8 Vernon Hills

Kathryn Emerson scored 3 goals and Julie Rossberger scored 2 times to lead Buffalo Grove to an 8-7 victory over Vernon Hills on Friday night. Kelly Steininger led Vernon Hills with 6 goals and 7 steals in the loss.


Resurrection 7 Northside 2

Erica McAloon tallied 3 goals and Maddie Nelson registered 2 goals to a 7-2 victory over Northside on Friday. Monica Pinkus scored both goals in the loss for the Mustangs.


Lyons 13 York 1

Adriana Hoak and Allie Grimes both scored 3 goals as Lyons defeated York 13-1 in the West Suburban Conference matchup. Kirby Kaptur, Katie Doyle, and Katelyn Jacobs all scored 2 times in the victory for the Lions, while goalie Emily Bornhoff recorded 12 saves in the win.


Maine East 13 Maine South 8

Natalia Bialecka scored 12 goals to lead Maine East to a 13-8 victory over Maine South on Friday night.



Friday, March 13 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Friday, March 13, 2009 10:30am


Tournament Play Begins This Weekend

The first tournaments of the season begin on Friday night, with Stagg, Hoffman Estates, and Waubonsie Valley hosting boys' tournaments and Neuqua Valley hosting a girls tournament that starts tonight as well. All four tournaments continue the following day, with Highland Park and Lyons also hosting Saturday-only tournaments. On the girls' side, tournaments at New Trier, Loyola, and Northside take place on Saturday only.


Just one game is slated for Friday on the boys side, as GBN heads to Rolling Meadows. The girls have six games on the docket, including key matchups between Oak Park-McAuley, Lyons-York, and New Trier-Prospect.


St Rita continues their busy week on Saturday with a boys' game against Maine South, as the Mustangs seek their first win after an 0-3 start. In girls' water polo, three games fill up the schedule on Saturday, with LWE facing Hinsdale Central, GBS taking on Wheeling, and STC East going up against Maine South.


As always, send scores and updates to or via text (847-331-6520) or IM (illpolo2007).


Check out the Live Scoreboard for complete schedules for Thursday night.



Thursday, March 12 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:55pm



Evanston 17 Glenbrook North 6

Sam Rosen led the way for Evanston with 5 goals and Jake Roth, Robert Bansberg, Matt Wich, and Joel Hadley each added 3 scores in the Wildkits' victory. Evanston goalie Patrick Brody recorded 8 saves.


Schaumburg 22 Conant 7

Chris Corbett (13 steals, 4 assists) and Mike Kehoe both scored 5 goals to lead Schaumburg to an early-season Mid-Suburban League victory over rival Conant by a 22-7 difference. Brandon Kase and Pat Kraulis each scored 4 times in the win, while Saxons' goalie Neal Salemi recorded 11 saves and 4 assists in the win.


Buffalo Grove 12 Hersey 3

Matt Block scored 5 goals and Matt Cooney added 4 scores to lead the Bison to a 12-3 victory over Hersey. Glen Bernard also scored 2 times for BG, while Kevil Reilly scored once in the win.


Mundelein 14 Stevenson 2

Mundelein raced out to an 11-0 lead en route to a 14-2 victory over Stevenson on Thursday. Pat Falconer totaled 5 goals, Mike Begrowicz and Will Davidson each tallied 3 scores, and Pat Helliwell scored 2 times for the Mustangs.


York 12 McHenry 10

Mark Krolikiewicz scored 5 goals and John Onstwedder recorded 14 saves as York came from behind to beat McHenry 12-10 on Thursday evening.


Curie 10 Sandburg 8

Curie surprised Sandburg with a 10-8 victory in Orland Park as Eduardo Chavez scored 4 goals in the win on Thursday night.


Homewood-Flossmoor 18 St Rita 6

Shay Banton totaled 8 goals and Russell Maanum tallied 5 scores in the Vikings' 18-6 victory over St Rita.


Mather 12 Morgan Park 9

Jesus Gurralo scored 10 goals to lead Mather to a 12-9 victory over Morgan Park on Thursday.


Elk Grove 19 Wheeling 10

Bart Pienkowski scored 11 goals in Elk Grove's 19-10 victory over Wheeling. Alexander Kraus also added 7 scores in the win for the Grenadiers.


STC North 16 Bremen 6

Alex Peterson scored 6 goals and Michael Nield added 3 scores to lead St Charles North to a 16-6 victory over Bremen. Eric Stoffregen recorded 8 saves in the win for the North Stars.



Fremd 11 Barrington 9

Erika Lauraitis and Allison McCarthy both scored 3 goals while Katie French and Danielle Chemello each tallied 2 scores to lead Fremd to an 11-9 conference win over Barrington on Thursday. Kristina D'Andrea also added a goal for the Vikings in the win.


Bremen 12 STC North 2

Cassie Jo Miller scored 7 goals and Julie Velcich recorded 10 saves to help lead Bremen to a 12-2 win over STC North on Thursday.


Vernon Hills 12 Lake Forest 4

Kelly Steininger scored 8 goals to lead Vernon Hills to a 12-4 victory over Lake Forest on Thursday. Kristen Schrems added 2 scores in the win, while Stephanie Donahue and Kristen Fletcher each added one score. Hannah Chody scored 2 times in the loss for the Scouts, while Devan Osborne and Megan Salazar both scored once in the loss.


Andrew 16 Morton 8

The T-Bolts knocked off Morton 16-8 on Thursday night as Kelly McDonough and Katie Fischer each tallied 3 goals in the victory. Ashley Stromberg, Amanda Kuchan, and Leah McCarthy also scored 2 times apiece in the victory for Andrew. Yvette Hernandez led the Mustangs with 5 goals in the losing effort.


Richards 16 Bradley 9

Lindsay McCool scored 7 goals and Caitlin Flood and Sam Craig both tallied 3 scores as Richards knocked off Bradley 16-9.


Oak Park 14 Riverside-Brookfield 8

Audrey Reardon recorded 6 goals and added 9 steals and 4 assists to lead the Huskies to a 14-8 win over Riverside-Brookfield. Joanna Evans chipped in 3 goals for OPRF, Christine Slowiak scored 2 times, and goalie Vicki Maslowski made 10 saves in the victory.


Wheeling 9 Elk Grove 0

Christa Khatcherian scored 3 goals and Liseli Baich added 2 scores as Wheeling shutout Elk Grove in Mid-Suburban League play on Thursday.


Lyons 12 Hinsdale South 1

Katelyn Jacobs scored 4 goals, Allie Grimes and Lizzy Kosin each scored 3 times, and Emily Bornhhoff recorded 5 saves in the win for the Lions.


New Trier 14 Deerfield 1

Ryanne O'Donnell recorded 4 goals to lead the Trevians to a 14-1 victory over Deerfield in the Central Suburban League contest. Sophia Palmer, Erisa Apantaku, Anna Horstkotte, and Anna Stern each tallied 2 scores in New Trier's first win of the season.


Schaumburg 14 Conant 9

Nicole Mundie scored 8 goals and Jackie Sumsky recorded 18 saves to lead Schaumburg to a 14-9 victory over Conant in the MSL contest.


Evanston 11 Glenbrook North 5

Ellis O'Connor scored 6 goals, Madeline Polinski added 3 scores, and Rosy Capron scored twice as Evanston knocked off GBN 11-5 on Thursday. Claire Strunk also recorded 12 saves and 8 steals in goal for the Wildkits.



Thursday, March 12 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:30am


Week 1 Action Starts To Heat Up On Thursday Night

66 teams are in action on Thursday night as the 2009 competition season is in full effect. 18 boys' games and 15 girls' games games take place this evening, including several teams that are seeing their first action this year.


The Mid-Suburban League Conference has several rivalry games this evening, with Barrington taking on Fremd, Schaumburg facing Conant, and Hersey going up against Buffalo Grove. Hoffman Estates also plays against Palatine and Wheeling battles Elk Grove. Games take place for both boys' and girls' in home/away fashion.


In other boys' action, Mundelein clashes with Stevenson in Lincolnshire, Hinsdale South looks to surprise Lyons after their upset win over Homewood-Flossmoor, McHenry takes on York in Elmhurst, St Rita battles H-F, and Evanston and New Trier see their first action in Central Suburban League games against Glenbrook North and Deerfield, respectively.


On the girls' side, Lyons plays against Hinsdale South in a WSC matchup, R-B heads to Oak Park, and the Central Suburban League gets going with games between New Trier-Deerfield, GBN-Evanston, GBS-Highland Park, and Maine South-Maine East.


As always, send scores and updates to or via text (847-331-6520) or IM (illpolo2007).


Check out the Live Scoreboard for complete schedules for Thursday night.




March 11 (Update #3)

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:45pm



Morgan Park 15 Maine South 10

Denzell Blackmon scored 5 goals and Zachary Wenner added 3 goals and 3 steals to help lift Morgan Park past Maine South 15-10 on Wednesday night.


Loyola 18 St Viator 2

Jon Tobon and Charlie Shaw each scored 4 goals to lead the Ramblers to an 18-2 win over St Viator.



Naperville Central 12 Andrew 3

Naperville Central scored 6 goals in the second quarter to break the game open en route to a 12-3 victory over Andrew on Wednesday. Emily Wooten scored 4 goals, Claire Fleming added 3 scores, and Vanessa Lin scored 2 times in the Redhawks' win. Goalie Sam Virella recorded 7 saves, while Tori Davis, Haley Nelson, and Emily Sejna each notched goals in the win. Andrew's Gina Cavato, Kayla Kutinac, and Natalie Fisher each scored one goal for the T-Bolts in the loss.


Hinsdale Central 12 Hoffman Estates 3

Caitlin Connor recorded 9 goals for the Red Devils in their 12-3 win over Hoffman Estates on Wednesday night. Ariel Rickelman, Mallory Smith, Carolyn Chen each added scores for Hinsdale Central, while Justine Samek led the Hawks with 2 goals in the losing effort.


Loyola 21 St Viator 4

Ashley Letrich scored 7 goals and Maeve O'Connor tallied 5 scores in Loyola's 21-4 victory over St Viator on Wednesday. Olivia LeCompte and Nicole Pinelli also scored 4 goals each in the win for the Ramblers.


Meadows 13 Prospect 5

Dan Vockeroth scored 6 goals and goalie Ryan Morrissey stopped 22 shots as Rolling Meadows defeated Prospect 13-5 on Wednesday night. Pat LeBuhn also scored 3 goals in the victory for the Mustangs, while Danny Briggs and Damien Fitzsimmons each scored 2 times in the win.



Wednesday, March 11 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:48pm


Anyone notice the Daily Herald has removed their 'Scoreboard' from the site to relate scores for all sports this year. They have sport-specific scoreboards for Football, Boys Basketball, and Girls Basketball, but nothing for "minor sports" (as they think). They only list water polo articles under the 'Other Sports' heading, not even getting a specific tab like the other sports listed on their site.


I have contacted them but have received no word on why that is the case. Their site used to contain scores and statistics for games involving the Mid-Suburban League, the North Suburban Conference, the West Suburban Conference, and the Upstate 8/DVC teams, but now those teams and players are getting no credit for their performances online.



Wednesday, March 11 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 1:22pm


Several Top Teams In Action On Wednesday Night

The Catholic League continues their first week of boys' matchups on Wednesday, as #16 St. Patrick hosts #11 St. Ignatius in the night's most intriguing game. #28 St. Rita also heads to #5 Brother Rice, #14 Loyola hosts St. Viator, and #1 Fenwick plays their third game in three nights at home against Mt. Carmel.


In other boys' Top 25 games, #2 Naperville Central takes on St. Charles North and #25 Young plays at home against Northside Prep. Also, Maine South plays its' first game in school history at home against Morgan Park.


On the girls' side, just six fixtures highlight the evening, including conference games between #5 Loyola-St Viator and #11 Young-Northside and an interesting non-conference game between #4 Naperville Central-#20 Andrew.


Check out the Live Scoreboard for complete schedules for Wednesday night.



Tuesday, March 10 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:58pm



Oak Park 17 Lyons 11

Dylan O'Connell and Tommy Poulos both scored 4 goals to lead the Huskies to a 17-11 victory over Lyons on Tuesday. Armando Lee and Luke O'Connell each added 3 scores, while Troy Williams scored twice in the victory for OPRF. Peter Bruton and Patrick Weigand combined to score 8 goals in the loss for the Lions.


Buffalo Grove 11 Hoffman Estates 7

Matt Cooney scored 4 goals and Matt Block added 2 scores as the Bison knocked off Hoffman Estates 11-7 on Tuesday night.


Mundelein 20 GBN 7

Pat Falconer scored 5 goals and Mike Begrowicz, Frank Lukacs, Brandon Horsch, and Will Davidson each scored 3 goals in the Mustangs' 20-7 win over Glenbrook North.


Fremd 25 Wheeling 3

Thomas Orlowski scored 5 goals and added 4 assists, Brent Caras and Zach Vanderogt each tallied 4 scores, and Chris Mackey and Ray Raff totaled 3 goals apiece as Fremd beat Wheeling 25-3 in the season opener for both teams.


Schaumburg 20 Hersey 3

Pat Kraulis scored 5 goals and Chris Corbett added 3 scores, 5 assists, and 8 steals as Schaumburg defeated Hersey 20-3 on Tuesday night.


Hinsdale South 10 Homewood-Flossmoor 8

Trailing 8-7 heading into the final quarter, the Hornets went on a 3-0 run to stun the Vikings 10-8 on Tuesday.


Lincoln-Way Central 20 Bremen 12

Petar Jackovich scored 8 goals and Eric Hosty added 5 scores to lead the Knights to the non-conference win on Tuesday evening.


Naperville Central 17 Lincoln-Way East 7

Mark Menis led the Redhawks with 3 goals and Chris Depew, Ben Reasons, Mike Johnson, and Dan Tucker each tallied 2 scores as Naperville Central beat Lincoln-Way East 17-7 on Tuesday.


Neuqua Valley 22 Barrington 15

John Mikuzis totaled 11 goals and Brendan Wylie added 4 scores as Neuqua Valley outlasted Barrington 22-15.


Fenwick 19 Stevenson 5

Chris Wendt scored 6 goals (and added 6 steals) and Brian Barron scored 3 times to lead Fenwick to their second win of the season over Stevenson 19-5 on Tuesday. Ali Khan and Brad Feng both netted 2 goals apiece for the Patriots.


Highland Park 12 Vernon Hills 4

Dan Weiss and Chris Falkenrath both scored 4 goals on Tuesday night to help lift Highland Park to a 12-4 win over Vernon Hills.



Naperville Central 13 Marian 1

Claire Fleming scored 4 goals and Haley Nelson added 3 scores to lead the Redhawks to a 13-1 victory over Marian on Tuesday. Freshman Emily Cejna added 2 scores and goalie Sam Virella recorded 11 saves in the win for Naperville Central. Julie Lindish scored the lone goal for Marian Catholic.


Fremd 12 Wheeling 7

Allison McCarthy and Katie French each scored 4 goals and Erika Lauraitis added 3 scores to lead the Vikings to a 12-7 victory over Wheeling on Tuesday. Amy Wilson led Wheeling with 3 scores in the loss.


Hinsdale Central 17 Morton 8

Caitlin Connor totaled 7 goals to lead the Red Devils to the 17-8 win over Morton in West Suburban Conference action. Mallory Smith added 3 scores and Lexi Gross, Sara Shaner, and Maggie Alberts each scored twice in the win for Hinsdale Central. Yvette Hernandez scored 4 times in the loss for the Mustangs.


Vernon Hills 10 Highland Park 6

Leah Holtzman scored 4 goals to lead Vernon Hills to a 10-6 victory. Kelly Steininger scored 5 goals in the loss for Highland Park.


Richards 22 Argo 1

Caitlin Flood recorded 7 goals and Sam Craig and Lindsay McCool each scored 5 times in the Bulldogs win over Argo on Monday.


Lyons 13 Oak Park 4

Allie Grimes scored 6 goals and Kirby Kaptur added 3 scores to lead Lyons to a 13-4 victory over Oak Park in the West Suburban Conference matchup on Tuesday. Lizzy Kosin also had 2 goals in the victory, while Lions' goalie Emily Bornhoff recorded 14 saves on the night. Audrey Reardon led the Huskies with 3 goals in the loss.



Tuesday, March 10 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:04am


Full Slate of Action on Tap For the Second Day of the Competition Season

With the first day of games in the books, the second day of action is loaded with 33 games (17 boys, 16 girls).


On the boys side, #1 Fenwick returns to action after knocking off #14 Loyola on Monday night, as the Friars travel to Lincolnshire to battle #13 Stevenson. Elsewhere, #8 Oak Park matches up with West Suburban Conference rival #7 Lyons, #18 Lincoln-Way East plays host to #2 Naperville Central, and #16 St Patrick takes on #28 St Rita in a MCAC contest. #16 Schaumburg also kicks off their campaign to return to state in 2009 with an away match to Wheeling at 4:30pm.


In girls' action, #1 Fenwick takes on #7 Stevenson in a state semifinal rematch at 6:00pm in Oak Park. The Friars knocked off #5 Loyola 16-4 on Monday night, while the Patriots get their first match of the season against the top-ranked squad. #17 Prospect heads to #25 Barrington in a big Mid-Suburban League game, #16 Fremd squares off with #24 Wheeling, #8 Lyons plays host to WSC challenger #10 Oak Park, and #4 Naperville Central gets their season started at home against #33 Marian.


Check out the Live Scoreboard for complete schedules for Tuesday night.



Monday, March 9 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Monday, March 9, 2009 11:00pm



Meadows Surprises Conant in MSL Opener on Monday Night

by Chris Fetterman


The Mid-Suburban League boys' season began on Monday night with a physical battle between Conant and Rolling Meadows, with the host Mustangs emerging with a 9-6 victory over the visiting Cougars. Dan Vockerath was too tough to handle for Conant, as he scored 6 times to lead the upstart Mustangs to their first season-opening win in team history. Pat LeBuhn also added 3 scores for Meadows in the victory.


"Our goalie was really good tonight," said Meadows head coach Bill Christian. "We still have to learn how to spread out a little on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. I now know what my expectations are and we can go from here," he continued. "We have on tough crossover test with Palatine, and then after that we'll look to level the playing field in the MSL East a little bit."


Conant, under first-year head coach Tim Daniel (formerly of Hinsdale Central, Lincoln-Way East, and Northside Prep), played a gritty defensive game with workhorse John Hansen leading the way with 3 goals. "Tony Passaro, he did well tonight...a couple of other guys did well tonight too," said Daniel. "We are building this year. We have no expectations. We are not looking at records. This is my first year here, and we are all getting used to each other...we played well for our first game, but when you go 0-for-6 in man-up situations, you are not going to win any game," finished Daniel.



Fenwick 23 Loyola 4

Brian Barron and Chris Wendt both scored 5 goals in Fenwick's 23-4 season-opening victory over Loyola on Monday night. Loyola drew 9 ejections in the loss, but were only able to muster 4 goals against the stingy Fenwick defense. Friars goalie Matt Napleton made 8 saves in the win, while Craig Borkovec scored 4 goals, Chris Dan added 3 tallies, and Will Rigali chipped in 2 goals for Fenwick. Charlie Shaw scored 2 goals in the loss for the Ramblers, while Jon Tobon and Frank Toops each chipped in with a goal for Loyola in the loss.


Young 18 Lincoln Park 14

Raul Ariza netted 5 goals as the Dolphins outlasted Lincoln Park 18-14 on Monday evening.


Von Steuben 12 Northside 8

Jacob Dorn paced Von Steuben with 6 scores on the offensive end in their 12-8 season-opening win over Northside. Mike Figura and Kenji Tran each scored 4 times in the loss for NSP.


St Ignatius 22 St Viator 2

Brendan Moore recorded 6 goals, Giovanni Wrobel and Jack Turek both tallied 3 scores, and goalie Alex Gastevich made 8 saves in St Ignatius' 22-2 victory over St Viator on Monday evening.


Riverside-Brookfield 13 Morton 5

Kyle Miller scored 3 goals and Graham Risley and Terry Crowley each added 2 scores to lead Riverside-Brookfield to a 13-5 season-opening win over Morton on Monday night.



Young 13 Lincoln Park 0

Eight different players tallied goals for the Dolphins in their 13-0 victory over Lincoln Park, while netminder Shay Bell recorded 8 saves in the shutout win.


Northside 7 Von Steuben 5

Monica Pinkus scored 4 goals and Evie Brown stopped 8 shots on goal as Northside held off Von Steuben 7-5 on Monday night. Mary Jean Potamites and Clare Donnelly each added a goal in the win for NSP.


Fenwick 16 Loyola 4

Morgan Bonk scored 7 times, Stephanie Ovalle added 5 scores, and goalie Mariclaire Bresnahan made 20 saves as Fenwick defeated Loyola 16-4 on opening night. Maeve O'Connor tallied 3 scores in the losing effort for the Ramblers.



Monday, March 9 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, March 9, 2009 5:00am


Here we go...just a few hours until the first games of the season get underway. Check out The Starting XII for a preview of the first week of the season. Also, the Boys' Season Preview and the Girls' Season Preview have both been completed.


Information is the key to making the site work, so please send any scores and game information to either, IM to illpolo2007, or text to (847) 331-6520.





Preseason Update #5

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, February 24, 2009 6:10am


Donations are a must in order for the site to continue. With the rising costs of maintaining the web site, we greatly appreciate any assistance via advertising, donations, or sponsorships. Equipment, travel costs, time, wireless Internet, and on and on are some things we need help with to make this last. Many, many thanks to those who have contributed in the past or at the start of the season for 2009.


We are once again in need of a new laptop for the 2009 season. If anyone is interested in donating either an old but workable computer or has the ability to help us in any way with acquiring a new laptop, please contact us at



Preseason Update #4

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, February 26, 2009 6:00am


Before the e-mails start pouring in, here are a few thoughts I would like to share about the site for the 2009 season:


In compiling the All-Illpolo Teams (and the Top 25 Rankings), we are basing things on the information that we "know" about the 2009 season. There is a slight chance that a player or two on our lists has already graduated or is not playing this year for whatever reason; these are things we do not know about and have tried to determine over the last few months before releasing our lists. We would like to assure everyone that we have tried our hardest to be as accurate as possible, but there really are very few other places to turn to for information about Illinois High School Water Polo.


If you feel there is someone who is not included on our lists who should be, send us an email at If there is someone on our lists who has graduated or who isn't playing, send us an email at If you have some detailed or in-depth thoughts about the upcoming season, send us an email at


And, of course, if you can donate or help us and the sport out in any way, please let us know via email at



Preseason Update #3

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:40am


The following teams and rankings have been updated by and are solely the opinions of the site:



2009 Boys All-Illpolo Team | 2009 Girls All-Illpolo Team



2009 Boys Rankings | 2009 Girls Rankings


Complete season previews of the Top 25 teams will be added to the site at the start of the competition season.



Preseason Update #2

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, February 24, 2009 5:30am


The site update for 2009 has been completely updated. Many of the same features from the previous year will remain, including daily scores and updates, weekly schedules and rankings, and all of the other water polo coverage throughout the season from the opening games of the season through sectionals and the state tournament. Here are some other news/notes about the site for the 2009 season:


Poolside w/Chris Fetterman will be a weekly or bi-weekly article written by Hoffman Estates boys' head coach Chris Fetterman, who works at the school and triples as a journalism major at Roosevelt University. His humorous and insightful take on the sport throughout the season will be a must-read on every Tuesday and/or Friday morning.


Rankings for this season will list the Top 25 teams with a few additional teams listed that either just missed making the cut or suffered a few losses and fell out of the Top 25. Rankings will no longer list every single team in order, as it has become much too difficult to determine the ranking of teams with over 70 squads participating in the sport in 2009.


We would love to create and have talked about producing an Illpolo Weekly Review Show, but I am not sure if we would be able to get this off the ground this year. We are in talks to produce a weekly review show during the season with analysis, highlights, and updates after each week of water polo action, but fear that it would be difficult to get enough highlights from what amounts to between 180-200 games per week.


The site will be maintained by multiple people this year. Julie Glade, former editor of The Candor at Benedictine University, current editor of The Raider Review in Bolingbrook, and journalism teacher at Bolingbrook High School will be splitting many of the updating and writing duties this year. The aforementioned Chris Fetterman, journalism major at Roosevelt University and head boys' coach at Hoffman Estates High School will be writing articles, editing the site, and providing countless hours of additional assistance to and an internship/volunteer basis. Tech support and video production assistance will be provided by James Blankenship, a graphic design and film studies major at Columbia College.


We are always looking for contributors to help with the site. If you are interested in expressing your opinion on any topic to be posted on the site, please let us know. We are looking for the perspective of any player, coach, fan, or official who would like to write an article for the site.



Preseason Update #1

By Aaron Brown

Monday, February 23, 2009 5:00am


Coming soon: Preseason Previews/Complete Rankings/All-Illpolo Teams/News and Notes/Featured Articles/Updated 2009 Site




Donations Needed To Support

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, February 21, 2009 9:55am


PLAINFIELD, IL I need your help! My mission is to ensure that the sport gets the proper coverage that these boys and girls deserve, starting with this web site and hopefully moving towards the newspapers. I will do everything I can to make this happen, but if I could get some assistance I would be greatly appreciative.


I don't know how long I can keep this pace up...the cost of web hosting, wireless Internet, domains, travel expenses, gas, and the time spent volunteering can be very difficult when all is said and done. To make a donation, have an advertisement placed on the site, or to become a sponsor, either click the PayPal link or read the following contact information:


Any donations can be made to No Limit Water Polo, which is a not-for-profit organization. If you are interested in helping out or have questions, you can contact me by e-mail at, by phone at (847) 331-6520, or by sending mail to:

21343 Earhart Court

Plainfield, IL 60544


Click the link to donate via credit card or PayPal
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