THE ILLPOLO REPORT
The following is a summary of what took place during the
sixth week of the
season. This is not a complete list and we can only include a few people
in this summary, but the purpose is to recognize a few of the best
performances from each week.
Players To Watch
Billy Barth (St Ignatius)
Nick Opfer (Niles West)
Przemyslaw Kowalczyk (Taft)
Danielle Patrick (Lindblom)
Rachel Chumbrook (Palatine)
Tegan Moore (Lyons)
For a complete description, see
Players to Watch:
Biggest Impact Plays
Billy Barth (St Ignatius)
The Ignatius' freshman scored the final goal in sudden-death overtime to
lift the Wolfpack past OPRF 10-9 on Saturday.
Matt Gullickson (Lane)
Gullickson scored 3 times in the final period to help Lane comeback from a
9-6 deficit to beat R-B 11-9.
Anna Tenny (H-F)
Tenny lofted the game-winning goal in from 7m as the Vikings beat New
Trier 10-9 at the Fenwick Tournament on Saturday.
Gabby Chelette (Whitney Young)
Chelette notched the only goal in extra time as the Dolphins defeated
Northside Prep 6-5 on Wednesday.
Megan Hofer (Andrew)
Hofer connected on the game-winner as time expired to lift the T-Bolts
past LWE 10-9 on Thursday.
Jessica Cavaiani (Prospect)
Cavaiani recorded the game-winning goal with :13 left on the clock as
Prospect stunned Lockport 7-6 at the StV Tourney.
Top Goalie Performances
Logan Gizel (Hoffman)
The Hawks' goalkeeper recently returned from injury to make 11 saves and
earn a shutout in an 11-0 win over Barrington.
Tommy McGuire (Fenwick)
The Friars'' goalkeeper made 42 saves in five games as the defending
champs went 5-0 in Missouri and won the DeSmet Tourney, which included
wins over MO's #1 and #2 teams.
Lisa Michalowski (Stevenson)
Michalowski earned a 5-0 shutout win over Neuqua Valley at the Fenwick
Tournament on Friday and totaled 43 saves to help the Patriots finish in
Sean Birkholz (Metea Valley)
Birkholz made a whopping 26 saves in the Warriors' 7-6 win over Wheeling
in the title game of the Oak Park Tourney.
St Ignatius Beats Oak Park and Stevenson
A 2011 state qualifier beating two non-qualifiers
shouldn't be surprising news, the Wolfpack have been struggling for a
variety of reasons and posted a 5-12 record heading into the vaunted LT
Tournament. The 'Pack responded with wins over both Oak Park and Stevenson
to finish the event in third on Saturday.
STC East 10 St Patrick 7
Imagine you were from the past and you traveled ahead
to 2012 and heard that a team from St Charles beat perennial water polo
powerhouse St Patrick. Would you believe it? Well that JUST happened last
week as Shaun Seuschek scored 3 times in the win for the Saints.
Lyons Stuns Fenwick 13-10
The Lions aggressively handed the defending champs
their second loss of the season on Friday; while it shouldn't be THAT of a
shock considering LT won state two years ago, it's always news when
Fenwick loses and throws a major wrench into prognosticators hands
considering these two are currently placed in the same sectional. Can we
at least schedule this potential rematch at a different time than any
other sectional final, please?
News and Notes
Illinois RULES Missouri
Fenwick beat the top-ranked teams in Missouri over the
long weekend at the DeSmet Tournament. The Friars beat MO's defending
champs SLUH in the semifinal round and topped Parkway West 10-4 in the
Okay...NOW Spring Break Is Over
It looked like the Spring Break effects were over, but
last week still saw several schools on break for the week. I feel this, as
I spent the waning days of my break in a bomb shelter (aka...the Fenwick
basement when the lights went out mid-game!). Anyways, NOW we should be
back to full-on water polo schedule mode for three more weeks of the
What Don't We Know
We know the sectional hosts, placements, and brackets
(at least we think so...looking at you IHSA). What else is left? The
sectional seeds! That plays out on Thursday and should be finalized by
Friday morning/afternoon. We will be able to paint a clear picture of the
postseason in less than one week!
Chris Sekula/Joe Shannon (Lyons)
Abbey Kerth (Naperville Central)
Week 6 Super Ballers