The following is a summary of what took place during the
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
Eid Shahatit (Buffalo Grove)
Jenessa Islas-Parker (Fremd)
Biggest Impact Plays
Eric Krawczyk/Matt Zalesko (Lockport)
Matt Zalesko made a late-game steal and assisted Eric Krawczyk on the
game-winning goal in the final minute of the Porters' 8-7 triumph over
Catie Wallace (Fenwick)
Wallace scored the game-winning goal late in the fourth quarter as the
hosts bounced back from a halftime deficit to edge New Trier 8-7.
Kaysie Stuba (Lyons)
Stuba delivered the game-winning goal with :08 left in regulation
to send the Lions past Loyola 6-5 on Saturday morning.
Top Goalie Performances
Luke Santefort (H-F)
Santefort made 40 saves and was named Tournament MVP as the Vikings went
3-1 to end the weekend in second place at the St Patrick Tournament.
Emma Jeronimus (Fremd)
Jeronimus made 12 saves in the Vikings' 11-6 victory over Conant on
Tuesday before stopping 17 shots and allowing just one goal in Fremd's 8-1
triumph over Schaumburg the following night.
Lauren Burns (Stevenson)
Burns allowed just 18 goals in four games as the Patriots finished in
second place at the Fenwick Tournament after posting a 3-1 record.
The Dukes earned two straight draws against Top 10 competition on Friday
night at their own tournament; they finished tied with both #9 Fenwick and
#10 St Ignatius.
The Meteors earned a pair of Catholic League wins over Fenwick and Loyola
to shake things up in the MCAC standings.
The Wolves earned back-to-back wins over Lake Forest and Vernon Hills to
improve to 6-2 in their first Varsity season.
News and Notes
The 2016 sectional assignments were announced by the IHSA last week and
can be found here:
Spring Break Wraps Up
Most of the schools (except mine) have completed their Spring Break
vacation, so expect the Week 5 schedule and especially the weekend
tournament schedule to really pick up as the regular season nears the
State Tournament Bracket Drawing
The next announcement the IHSA should be the state tournament bracket
drawing, where the sectional winners are paired up for the state
quarterfinal round via a blind draw. In the past, the announcement has
been made in mid-April.