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THE ILLPOLO REPORT

Week 8

 

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

Daniel Rusca (Whitney Young)

Henry Yavitt (New Trier)

 

GIRLS

Bridget Soukup (LWW)

Lilly Lawrin (Elk Grove)

 

Biggest Impact Plays

BOYS

Joey Dalesandro (Neuqua Valley)

Dalesandro's goal with two seconds remaining in regulation sent the Wildcats past the Cougars as Neuqua Valley won the Conant Tournament with a 10-9 win over the hosts.

 

George Lundgren/Tommy Kaptur (Lyons)

Kaptur sent the game to overtime with a lob shot from a difficult angle and Lundgren scored a breakaway goal in sudden death overtime as Lyons beat OPRF 6-5.

 

Andrew Shashin/Kurt Holzer (Stevenson)

Shashin scored an early fourth quarter goal to break a tie and Kurt Holzer notched the game-winning score later in the final period as Stevenson beat St Ignatius 8-7.

 

Kyle Jackson (Naperville Central)

Jackson's goal midway through the final period held up as the Redhawks earned a 9-8 comeback win over New Trier on Friday night at the Stevenson Tournament.

 

Sam Szczepaniak (Lyons)

Szczepaniak's game-winner came with :38 left in regulation as the Lions defeated New Trier 8-7 on Saturday morning.

 

GIRLS

Allison Travetto (Stevenson)

Travetto scored the game-winner in top-ranked Stevenson's 8-6 win over second-ranked St Ignatius on Tuesday.

 

Alyssa Rosenhorn (Elk Grove)

Rosenhorn connected on the game-winning goal in overtime as the Grenadiers outlasted Maine East 8-7 on Thursday.

 

Claire Voss (Loyola)

Voss recorded the game-winner midway through the fourth quarter as the Ramblers' edged Evanston 4-3.

 

Erin Muellerschoen (LWC)

Muellerschoen scored the game-winning goal with :32 left in regulation to send the Knights past Andrew 6-5 on Tuesday.

 

Jessica Beal (Whitney Young)

Beal netted the game-winning goal in overtime to help the Dolphins beat Maine East 10-9 on Saturday.

 

Top Goalie Performances

BOYS

Austin Mollway (Neuqua Valley)

Mollway made 56 saves during Week 8 and helped Neuqua Valley win the Conant Tournament by allowing just 5 goals per game for the victors.

 

Shaurya Gilani (Stevenson)

Gilani blocked 50 shots and a handful of penalty shots plus let in less than 5 goals per game for the Patriots as they finished in third place at their own event over the weekend.

 

Will Skowron (Fenwick)

Skowron totaled 30 saves and allowed 5 goals per game to help the Friars win the Stevenson Tournament with win over Brother Rice, Oak Park, Naperville Central and Stevenson.

 

GIRLS

Morgan Bartelment (Sandburg)

Bartelment stopped 31 shots and allowed 4 goals per game as the Eagles went 3-0 during Week 8.

 

Biggest Surprises

BOYS

Brother Rice

The Crusaders showed why they are often considered one of the most dangerous teams to face late in the season after they knocked off New Trier 15-13 on Saturday. Can they work their magic once again in 2015 to earn a repeat trip to the state tournament?

 

GIRLS

Highland Park

The Giants racked up three wins in Week 8 (Buffalo Grove, Libertyville, Maine East) and have improved from a 4-16 team in 2014 to a 12-9 team in 2015.

 

News and Notes

Conference Tournaments

The regular season ends with a bang as several conference tournament titles will be decided beginning on Monday and continuing through the weekend.

 

Final Week of the Regular Season

The regular season is coming to an end but there is still plenty to play for as teams fight for conference titles and prepare for the sectional playoffs.

 

Caliendo Wins #700

Sandburg head coach Jim Caliendo won his 700th game as a head coach on Saturday by knocking off Niles West 8-4. Congrats on an epic milestone!

 

News Item #4

Baller shirts are now available for purchase in the Illpolo Mart which can be located here: http://illpolomart.bigcartel.com/

 

Super Ballers

BOYS

Joey Dalesandro (Neuqua Valley)

Scott DePuy (Neuqua Valley)

Simon Shatinsky (Neuqua Valley)

 

GIRLS

Grace Achepohl (York)

Isabelle Gil (York)

 

 

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