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THE ILLPOLO REPORT

Week 9

 

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

Kyle Zajac (LWE)

Jonathan Limp (LWE)

Trevor Horn (LWE)

 

GIRLS

Madison Stuursma (Sandburg)

 

Biggest Impact Plays

BOYS

Antonio Garcia (Solorio)

Garcia scored the eventual game-winning goal as Solorio got past Julian in a CPS play-in game on Monday night.

 

Danny Stumpf/Luke Nowak (York)

Stumpf and Nowak both scored overtime goals for the Dukes as they outlasted Oak Park 9-7 in the WSC Tournament's semifinal round.

 

GIRLS

Kelly Frumkin (Fenwick)

Frumkin scored two goals in the opening period of Fenwick's 12-3 win over Mother McAuley in the MCAC title game. The goals seemed to shift the early momentum in the direction of the Friars who went on to win the Catholic League title.

 

Mary Kress (Hinsdale Central)

Kress connected on the game-winning goal with :33 left in the final period of the Red Devils' 10-9 win over STC East.

 

Riley Hughes (Evanston)

Hughes tallied the eventual game-winner in Evanston's 6-4 victory over Highland Park in the CSL semifinals.

 

Top Goalie Performances

BOYS

Sam Enger (St Ignatius)

Enger made 35 saves and allowed 5 goals per game as the Wolfpack won the MCAC title after beating Brother Rice, St Viator and Loyola.

 

GIRLS

Alina Hillery (Jones-Payton)

Hillery earned a shutout win over Northside in the semifinals of the CPS Tournament and helped the Lady Eagles finish the event in second place.

 

Anna Sullivan (Fenwick)

Sullivan allowed just 3 goals per game as the Friars earned wins over Mother McAuley and St Ignatius to win the MCAC Tournament.

 

Eliza Sykes (H-F)

Sykes blocked 14 shots in an early week win over Stagg and saved 19 shots in the Vikings' 9-8 triumph over STC East on Friday night.

 

Biggest Surprises

BOYS

Andrew

The T-Bolts claimed a momentum-building OT victory over LWC on Wednesday as they seem poised to make a deep postseason run in 2016.

 

GIRLS

Whitney Young

The Dolphins earned impressive victories over Jones-Payton and Lane to win the CPS title over the weekend.

 

News and Notes

The Regular Season Ends...

Several conference titles and other various tournaments have helped set the stage for what should be an epic postseason.

 

...Sectionals Begin

The Sectional playoffs get underway on Monday afternoon as the boys' play-in games kick off the postseason. The playoffs will run from Monday through Saturday, with eight boys and eight girls teams crowned as Sectional champions.

 

All-Sectional Teams

The All-Sectional Teams are decided by the coaches within each sectional at the end of the week For more details on the process, see The Latest 'All-Sectional Team' News.

 

Bracketology

Sectional & State Tournament Brackets

 

Sectional Game Times

For the first time since the IHSA sanctioned water polo as a sport, the sectional game times for the quarterfinal round as well as the semifinal rounds have been slighty altered. The game times are now 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm instead of 4:30pm, 5:45pm. 7:00pm and 8:15pm.

 

Super Ballers

BOYS

Shane Hughes (St Ignatius)

Tommy Witek (Stagg)

 

GIRLS

Kelly Frumkin (Fenwick)

Lauren Barrett (New Trier)

 

 

 

 

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