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
Kyle Zajac (LWE)
Jonathan Limp (LWE)
Trevor Horn (LWE)
Madison Stuursma (Sandburg)
Biggest Impact Plays
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.