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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

Cole Maziel (New Trier)

Quentin Tiscareno (Waubonsie Valley)

 

GIRLS

Maggie Schlecht (York)

Molly Solem (Highland Park)

 

Biggest Impact Plays

BOYS

Collin Kapecki/Kurt Holzer (Stevenson)

Holzer and Kapecki scored back-to-back fourth quarter goals to help the Patriots break a 6-6 tie with New Trier to earn an 8-7 win on Friday night.

 

Lawrence Cozzi (Oak Park)

Cozzi scored the game-winner in sudden death overtime as the Huskies edged Palatine 8-7 at the Stevenson Tourney.

 

Shane Hughes (St Ignatius)

Hughes scored the game-winner after an ejection in the final minute of the Wolfpack's 15-14 win over Stevenson.

 

Tommy Witek (Stagg)

Witek connected on a lob shot with two seconds left in overtime to send the Chargers past LWE 16-15 on Tuesday.

 

GIRLS

Abby Fuscone (Hoffman)

Fuscone recorded the eventual game-winner midway through the final period as Hoffman held off Metea Valley 10-9.

 

Erin Breakey (Mother McAuley)

Breakey broke a 4-4 tie in the early stages of the fourth period as the Mighty Macs eventually earned a 7-5 victory over Naperville Central.

 

Grace Achepohl (York)

Achepohl converted a penalty shot that proved to be the game-winning goal in York's 3-2 win over Neuqua Valley.

 

Top Goalie Performances

BOYS

Garrett Allamian (STC North)

Allamian helped the North Stars win their own tournament by allowing less than 5 goals per game and 22 saves over the weekend.

 

Kent Emden (Naperville Central)

Emden blocked 43 shots, allowed less than 3 goals per game and earned a shutout as the Redhawks won the Stevenson Tournament.

 

Liam McGuire/Shawn Shields (LWN)

McGuire and Shields combined to make 42 saves to help the Phoenix win the Conant Tournament with a 4-0 mark.

 

Tyler McKenna (York)

McKenna helped the Dukes win their own event by earning a shutout win over Maine East and allowing less than 4 goals per game in wins over Latin and Young.

 

GIRLS

Jessica Deering (Elk Grove)

Deering totaled 46 saves and allowed less than 5 goals per game to help the Grenadiers win the Maine West Tourney.

 

Kaitlyn Peterson (Oak Park)

Peterson recorded 41 saves as the Huskies went 3-1 at the Hudsonville Tournament in Michigan.

 

Lauren Burns (Stevenson)

Burns blocked 52 shots and allowed 5 goals per game to help lead the Patriots to a 4-0 record at the Hudsonville Tournament.

 

Biggest Surprises

BOYS

Meadows

The Mustangs are peaking at the right time as they earned wins over Deerfield, Elk Grove and St Viator during Week 8.

 

Stagg

The Chargers threw a wrench into the SWSC Blue division title race after beating LWE 16-15 in overtime on Tuesday.

 

GIRLS

Conant

The Cougars are back to full-strength and showcased their abilities with wins over Palatine and STC North throughout Week 8.

 

York

The Dukes earned arguably their best win of the season after fending off Neuqua Valley 3-2 on a game-winning 5m shot by Grace Achepohl.

 

News and Notes

Conference Tournaments & Championships

Several conferences will feature either a tournament or a title game and crossover matches during the final week of the regular season.

 

Final Week of the Regular Season

The regular season enters its' final week with plenty of teams playing in conference tournaments and other various events.

 

Schneider Wins 400th Game

Legendary coach Drew Schneider won his 400th game on Saturday after Maine West defeated Jones-Payton at their own invitational. The four-time state championship-winning head coach (Mundelein) has helped the Warriors improve to 13-10 entering the final week of the regular season.

 

Sectional Game Times

Most of the sectional game times have been announced by the IHSA. These include the various times for the sectional final games on May 14. The Sectional Week Schedule will be continously updated in the event of any changes.

 

Super Ballers

BOYS

Jason Parkinson (LWN)

Mike Laughlin (LWN)

Ryan Murphy (LWN)

 

GIRLS

Katherine Rogers (Deerfield)

 

 

 

 

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