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  2013 Viewer's Guide

  By Aaron Brown

  February 2013


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The 2013 regular season features several important games that can either decide a conference title, determine postseason seeding for conference tournaments, or provide a preview of potential sectional final games.


Here is a list of some key dates that should be circled on the water polo calendar for 2013:



#2 McAuley at #3 Ignatius
#5 Loyola at #1 Fenwick

The Catholic League wastes no time in matching up the top teams for head-to-head play, as the Mighty Macs and Wolfpack play their grudge match at UIC while the up-and-coming Ramblers travel to Fenwick to play the defending champs just one week into the competition season.


#17 Maine South at #19 Maine East
The Blue Demons finished second in the Central Suburban League last year after beating the Hawks during the regular season, but South got their revenge with wins over East in the conference tournament and in the sectional quarterfinals at Glenbrook South last May. This early-season contest could be vital for postseason seeding at both the conference and sectional levels.


#23 Oak Park at #9 Lyons
The Huskies will try to put an exclamation point on their rebuilding process when they look to upset Lyons in West Suburban Conference play in LaGrange during Week 2.


#1 Fenwick at #2 McAuley
The top two teams face off on a Monday night showdown in Chicago; the Friars narrowly won last year's contest 10-8 en route to a perfect conference record, while the loss was the only Catholic League blemish for the Mighty Macs. The winner could earn the important top seed in the Metro Catholic Athletic conference tournament in early May.

#14 LWN vs #21 Andrew

The Phoenix hope to repeat as SouthWest Suburban Red division champions, but to do that, they will need to deal with a T-Bolts team on the rise in 2013. North hosts Andrew in late March and then travels to play the T-Bolts on April 23 in what could be a decisive divisional game.


#12 Barrington vs #18 Fremd
The Fillies are looking to break Fremd's stranglehold on the top spot in the Mid-Suburban League after the Vikings have put together five straight MSL title-winning seasons. The teams square off on April 2 in Palatine and on April 23 at Barrington.


#7 NC at #15 NN
The Redhawks have been the elite team in Naperville for the past several seasons, so the Huskies will be out to prove they can overtake them when the two teams meet for the second time in 2013 at North on April 3.


#8 Stevenson at #11 Mundelein
Expect a closely-contested battle between the Patriots and Mustangs on April 4 in a game that could decide the winner of the North Suburban Conference.


#3 St Ignatius at #1 Fenwick
If things go a certain way, both St Ignatius and Fenwick could both be undefeated in conference play when they meet on April 8. That gives this contest the potential to be an explosive game with a lot on the line; even if it doesn't play out that way, both teams are early-season favorites to return to the state tournament, so this could be a state tournament preview of some sort as well.


#4 New Trier at #5 Loyola
The Ramblers and Trevians meet up in what could once again serve as a preview of the Glenbrook Sectional's final game. The winner of this April 12 contest could also be in line for the all-important top seed at that sectional in May.

MAY 1 & MAY 3
#6 LWC at #10 Sandburg
#10 Sandburg at #13 H-F

The SouthWest Suburban Blue title race is wide open in 2013, with H-F, LWC, and Sandburg all hoping to nab the top spot. The Eagles and Vikings finished with the same record atop the standings last year, while the Knights were the only one of the three to advance to the state tournament. The late-season matchups between LWC and Sandburg on May 1 and between Sandburg and H-F on May 3 could ultimately determine the division winner.





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