By Aaron Brown
I was at Fenwick for 18 hours last weekend. The place is hot and
humid, you can barely get cell phone reception, and it was the
official start of my Spring Break (at Bolingbrook HS we start break
on April 9 for some insane reason).
While I was there, I also tried to cover and update 14 other
tournaments going on across the state while getting a chance to see
eight of the Top 10 girls' teams go head-to-head at one of the elite
tournaments each year.
I found a way to get a signal with my cell hotspot while sitting
awkwardly on a random stairwell as every team in attendance played
four water polo games. You tend to get a headache pretty easily
hearing whistles and people yelling for 18 hours, so I wear
headphones and listen to Kodak Black, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa and
any other mixtape that just came out to keep my sanity.
Here's the thing. From my random angle in the corner of the Fenwick
pool, it is absolutely amazing to see how hard water polo players
work not only during the games, but also in preparation for some of
the toughest games they will play all season.
Speaking as someone who is simply a fan and volunteer that has been
around the sport of water polo for a little while, it is always
amazing to see how hard the players work and how much effort they
put in to play this great sport. You can probably say the same thing
about the coaches, officials and parents in attendance.
The same thing was going on at more than 14 different sites/pools
when you count all of the other JV events going on over the weekend.
I wish I had the time to cover those JV events too, but I only have
so much time in the day, a full time job, and a Sprint Hotspot that
has only so much data for me to use on the road.
I wanted to use this opportunity to thank everyone for their efforts
and for working as hard as they do grinding for the sport of water
polo. I wouldn't volunteer to do this every year if it wasn't worth
Good luck to everyone for the rest of the 2018 season. I wish you
all the best.
P.S. I might be taking a break from covering the sport. Might just be for
tonight. Haven't taken a day off before so I'll probably be back to update
scores by the end of the night out of guilt. In the meantime, if you wish
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