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The State Tournament Experience: Illpolo Edition

 

This is my story in pictures and captions from the 2016 state tournament. I am still looking to add pictures/captions to the story if I receive anything else that fits:

 

 

Started from the bottom...and you made it happen!


 

 

My view from the deck for the opening game


 

 

Even had my own table for awhile. Wasn't feelin' the vibe down there so I went back to the 2015 spot with the crowd


 

 

So I switched up to this view?!?!?!


 

 

Much more fun to give away mini water polo balls...


 

 

...or shake hands with ballers like Loyola's Kevin Manna


 

 

Finally got to meet Billy Wheeler from LWN


 

 

Honored to hang with Lincoln-Way East #EVP


 

 

Honored to hang with Lincoln-Way North #cheesefries


 

 

Only posting this since my shoe game matches our shirts


 

 

The colleges are checking in from out East...

(Brown University head coach Felix Mercado)


 

 

...and the colleges are checking in from out West

(Chapman University head coach Eric Ploessel)


 

 

I got so motivated after hearing Stevenson head coach Sean Wimer talking to his players I walked a few laps around the balcony before the next game


 

 

New Trier started from the bottom winning red kickboards as trophies and now they are celebrating their highest finish at the state tournament with an actual trophy!

 


 

 

It's not really a state tournament party without McAuley!


 

 

USA Water Polo took notice of Shane Hughes' memorable last goal and sent out this tweet


 

 

New Trier assistant coach Gerrit Adams is the OG of Illpolo. The site simply would NOT exist without him. Celebrated his birthday with a third-place trophy. Salute and happy birthday!


 

 

The crowd filled up for the state title games


 

 

Special thanks to Cole Jacobs and Scott DePuy for helping out on Saturday. Here is an epic Cole vs Nick Walker pic


 

 

It has been an honor to cover the career of Mother McAuley's Claire Mueller. She will do big things at the next level for St Francis Brooklyn. This picture is epic...


 

 

This is like getting a presidential endorsement or something


 

 

Another Illpolo selfie with Naperville Central's Kyle Jackson & Nick Walker after they won the state title in 2016


 

 

Naperville Central's Kyle Jackson posing with my son's little buddy and NC assistant coach Steve LeClair's son Austin


 

 

When you plan on winning a state championship, you get to look chill like this in your team pictures

(Fenwick's Kelly Frumkin)


 

 

When you score the game-winning goal in overtime to win the state championship you gotta class it up a bit

(Fenwick's Catie Wallace)


 

 

Or take the trophy with to Prom!

(Fenwick's Shannon Forst w/Tommy Martino)


 

 

Or take the trophy on a "Stanley Cup-like" tour of the city

(Naperville Central)


 

 

They tried to stay awake but couldn't make it till midnight

(Hunter & Mason Brown)


 

More pictures/captions coming soon???

 

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