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THE ILLPOLO REPORT

Week 2

 

The following is a summary of what took place during the most recent week in water polo action in Illinois. This is not a complete list; the purpose is to recognize several of the best performances from across the state that have been reported.

 

Players To Watch

BOYS

Kiernan Kelty (Oak Park)

Omar Pantoja (Curie)

 

GIRLS

Keanen Bender (Maine South)

Molly McGuire (Fenwick)

 

Biggest Impact Plays

BOYS

James Harris (Morgan Park)

Harris scored the game-winning goal with five seconds left as Morgan Park completed a comeback to beat Taft 24-23.

 

Joey Tomczuk (Lockport)

Tomczuk netted the game-winning goal in the final period of Lockport's 9-8 win over Niles West to send the Porters to the Mundelein Tournament's title game.

 

Shane Hughes (St Ignatius)

Hughes nailed the game-winning goal at the buzzer from nine meters to send the Wolfpack past H-F 8-7 on Friday night at the Fenwick Tournament.

 

GIRLS

Alexa Diaz (Richards)

Diaz made a crucial block at the end of regulation to help Richards hold off Riverside-Brookfield 8-7.

 

Gracie Dix (Prospect)

Dix netted the game-winning goal in overtime as the Knights beat Hersey 7-6 on Monday in MSL East action.

 

Katy Kirsh (Buffalo Grove)

Kirsh delivered the game-winner in sudden death overtime to send the Bison past Hersey 13-12 on Wednesday.

 

Top Goalie Performances

BOYS

Edin Latin (Schaumburg)

Latic made 34 saves to help the Saxons win their own event with four straight victories.

 

Frank Skorski (St Viator)

Skorski recorded 40 saves and won five straight games as the Lions won the Evanston Tournament.

 

Jake Burke (LWC)

Burke knocked down 25 shots and a penalty shot to help the Knights claim the LWN Tournament title.

 

Pat Melaniphy (Lockport)

Melaniphy came up big for the Porters with 43 saves as they won the Mundelein Tournament with a 4-0 record.

 

Will Skowron (Fenwick)

Skowron denied 26 shots and helped the Friars beat OPRF, Lyons, Naperville Central, and Stevenson over the weekend at the Dan Lynch Classic.

 

GIRLS

Betsy Zanocco (Meadows)

Zanocco allowed just five goals per game as the Mustangs won the Jones-Payton Tournament on Saturday.

 

Christina McBride (Naperville North)

McBride stopped 17 shots in wins over Fenwick and Neuqua Valley on Saturday to help the Huskies take over the top spot in this week's rankings.

 

Jenny Stelnicki (St Ignatius)

Stelnicki allowed just four goals in wins over H-F, Mother McAuley and Naperville Central as the Wolfpack won the NC Tournament.

 

Meghan Woell (Palatine)

Woell earned her first varsity-level victory in her first start and made seven saves as the Pirates knocked off GBS on Friday night.

 

Biggest Surprises

BOYS

Schaumburg

The Saxons announced their reemergence with four straight wins over Lafayette, Wheeling, York, and Young to win their own event.

 

GIRLS

Lake Forest

The Scouts sent a message on Saturday at the STC North Tournament by beating a pair of Top 25 teams (Andrew, STC North) to win the event.

 

News and Notes

Sectional Hosts

The IHSA normally announces the sectional hosts for the water polo playoffs at the end of March, so expect there to be an announcement early this week regarding where this year's playoffs will take place.

 

Super Ballers

BOYS

Danny Farmer (Fenwick)

 

GIRLS

Katie Horn/Jilian Eiken (Naperville North)

 

 

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