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Sunday Update (3.11.07)
The following information will be coming tomorrow...Updated Week 1 ranking for boys and girls...Super Ballers and Ballers of the Week...an article about the Evanston-Sandburg girls game at the New Trier Tournament...and maybe video highlights (a big maybe) from some of the weekend action. Stay tuned!
3:00am update...rankings are done and updated, but it is way too early in the season to really determine how accurate they will end up being. There are many teams who have played without key players due to swim meets and other obligations, which accounts for a good deal of strange results, especially the past weekend's tournaments. Also updated is the Super Ballers link for Week 1 - those awards went to Mitch Tucker of Palatine and Anne Frigo of Evanston.
Saturday Tournament Recaps (3.10.07)
It may take awhile to get this updated, as I was trying to be in 4 places at the same time today and have to write recaps from the random scribbling that I did and also capture and edit videos from some of the games as well. Meanwhile, here are the list of winners this weekend:
Naperville Tournament - Naperville North went 3-0 and wins the tournament after beating Naperville Central 8-7 on Friday night.
Glenbrook South Tournament - Palatine beats Libertyville, St Viator, and Glenbrook South in the title game to go 3-0 and win the tournament at GBS.
St Rita Tournament - St Rita scores in double figures in all four games and cruises to a 16-6 title game victory over Lane at their own tournament.
Conant Tournament - St Ignatius dominates at the Conant Tournament, going 4-0 and beating Conant in the virtual title game 15-3.
Naperville Tournament - Naperville Central finishes the weekend with a 3-0 record, with an important early season win over rival Neuqua Valley 7-2.
Northside Tournament - York wins close games over Northside, Marian, and Hinsdale South to win the Northside Tournament for the third straight year.
Loyola Tournament - Loyola beats Fremd 11-8 in a virtual title game and goes 3-0 to claim victory in their own tournament.
Hinsdale Central Tournament - Lincoln-Way East earns hard-earned victories against Hinsdale Central and Barrington to win Saturday's mini-tournament.
New Trier Tournament - Sandburg beats New Trier and St Viator, then loses by one to Evanston. Evanston beats St Viator and Sandburg but loses to New Trier by five. New Trier beats Evanston and St Viator but loses to Sandburg by eight. In other words, it all comes down to a tiebreaker...but each team did earn one quality win this weekend to get the season rolling.
GLENBROOK SOUTH TOURNAMENT (BOYS)
Mitch Tucker continued to dominate for the Pirates at the GBS Tournament, as he scored 21 goals in 3 games to lift the Pirates past St Viator, Libertyville, and Glenbrook South en route to a first place finish at the GBS Tournament. Tucker scored 40 goals in 5 games in the opening week of the season, which is a major reason why Palatine currently owns a 5-0 record. Palatine goalie Spencer Blackham also recorded double-digit saves in wins over St Viator (13 saves) and GBS (12 saves), while Whitaker Davis scored 3 goals in the championship game win over Glenbrook South. Rob Landgren scored 3 goals in the final game for Glenbrook South, and Brandon Stenger also added 2 scores for GBS.
NAPERVILLE TOURNAMENT (BOYS)
Alex Buck (Naperville North)-14 goals
Max Saltzman (Naperville Central)-12 goals
Brandon Glynn (Naperville North)-10 goals
John Mikuzis (Neuqua Valley)-9 goals
Kyle Drake (Waubonsie Valley)-8 goals
Tyler Kelley (Naperville Central)-Allowed just 5 goals in two wins over Neuqua and Waubonsie on Saturday
LOYOLA TOURNAMENT (GIRLS)
Colleen Shaw (Loyola) *** Most Valuable - 12 goals, 7 kickouts drawn**
Carly Levison (Loyola)
Carolyn Wright (Fremd)
Theresa Hembd (Hersey)
Mari Paraskevopoulous (Hersey)
Natalie Pike (R-B)
Darla Digangi (Fremd) goalie
NORTHSIDE TOURNAMENT (GIRLS)
Liz Granato (Northside) - Made 52 saves in 3 games, including 21 in a 7-5 win over Hinsdale South.
Karen Achtien (York) - Totaled 14 goals to lead York to a tournament victory
Natalie Klontz (Northside)-11 goals
Mary O'Shea (Hinsdale South)-11 goals
Megan McDonell (Marian)-10 goals
Hannah Vatch (York)-8 goals
Anna Moorman (Marian)-6 goals
Maggie Lange (Hinsdale South)-5 goals
HINSDALE CENTRAL TOURNAMENT (GIRLS)
players shined at the Hinsdale Central Mini-Tournament on Saturday afternoon,
where all three games were decided by two goals or less. In the opener, Grace
Kingston of Hinsdale Central scored 4 goals to lead the Red Devils to a 15-13
victory over Barrington. The Fillies were led by Christine Byron, who scored 7
total goals in the loss. In the second game, Lincoln-Way East used a balanced
attack to hold off Christa Pappas (4 goals) and Barrington 9-8. Sharon Pomranky
of Lincoln-Way East made a huge difference in the finale of the tournament, as
she scored 5 goals and LWE beat Hinsdale Central 9-8 to win the tournament. The
game was tied at 5-5 at halftime and Hinsdale Central got to within one goal in
the final minute, but Pomranky added her fifth goal at the end of the game to
seal the victory for the Griffins.
RICHARDS 13 BRADLEY 10 (GIRLS)
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-4 halftime lead and never looked back as they closed out the first week of the season with a 13-10 win over Bradley. Angie Drwal led the way with 7 tallies for Richards, while Ashley Rampick scored 3 goals for the Bulldogs. Amanda Croix led Bradley with 6 goals in the loss.
Updated 3.11.07 - 2:33pm
Friday Night Recaps (3.09.07)
WAUBONSIE VALLEY 12 NEUQUA VALLEY 4 (BOYS)
Waubonsie Valley jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they cruised to a 12-4 win over Neuqua Valley to start the Naperville Tournament on Friday afternoon. Kyle Drake scored 3 of the first 5 goals for the Warriors, and his 6 total goals led Waubonsie to the victory. Adam Kozak and Jim Zuponeck scored twice in the win, while Kurt Neaderheiser and Andrius Petraitis also scored first half goals for Waubonsie. John Mikuzis scored all 4 goals for Neuqua Valley and cut the Waubonsie Valley lead down to 9-4 late in the third quarter, but Zuponeck closed out the period with a goal and Drake scored twice in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
NAPERVILLE NORTH 8 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 7 (BOYS)
Naperville North denied a man-up situation for Naperville Central with five seconds remaining to start the Naperville Tournament with an 8-7 win on Friday night. Brandon Glynn scored 4 goals and Alex Buck added 2 scores as the Huskies held on to a narrow lead for the entire second half before emerging with a victory. Mark Tatara and Brian Natke also scored once for the Huskies, while Max Saltzman scored all 7 goals for the Redhawks. In a frantic final period, Saltzman scored on a rebound after his penalty shot hit the post to get Central to within one goal of the Huskies, but Glynn added his fourth score from outside on a man-up situation to put North ahead 8-6 with 3:41 left to play. Central goalie Tyler Kelley denied Glynn on a breakaway chance with 2:37 remaining, and Zach Cejna drew a penalty shot that Saltzman converted with 1:22 left in the game. North had the ball with a chance to run out the clock in the final twenty seconds, but Central forced a turnover and an ejection with five seconds remaining. After a timeout, Saltzman's last ditch effort from outside was deflected and Naperville North held on for the 8-7 win.
ST RITA 14 MORGAN PARK 3 (BOYS)
ST RITA 11 YOUNG 9 (BOYS)
Luke Ginger scored 6 goals in the first two games of the St Rita Tournament to help the Mustangs beat Morgan Park 14-3 and Young 11-9 on Friday night. Mike McArdle also had a big game against Morgan Park, pouring in 6 goals in the victory.
LYONS 11 YORK 1 (GIRLS)
The Lions used a balanced attack to cruise to an 11-1 win over York in the West Suburban Conference matchup on Friday. Katherine Delacey scored 3 goals to lead the team, while Megan Kono and Joanna Curran each added 2 goals in the victory. Kathleen Ellison, Mary McFadden, Amy Yant, and Carrie DeBoer also scored for Lyons, who improved to 3-0 on the season.
ANDREW 11 MORTON 9 (GIRLS)
Stacey Fischer and Ashley Stromberg teamed up to provide all of the scoring for Andrew as they held off Morton 11-9 in nonconference action on Friday night. Fischer led the way with 7 goals and 3 steals, while Stromberg added 4 goals and 4 steals in the victory. April Towry also stood out on the defensive end with 3 steals as the Thunderbolts improved to 2-1 on the season.
Updated 3.09.07 - 9:49pm
Thursday Night Recaps (3.08.07)
HOFFMAN ESTATES 10 PROSPECT 8 (BOYS)
Justin Simanis scored 5 goals and Piyum Zonooz added 3 scores as Hoffman Estates improved to 3-0 on the season with a 10-8 win over Prospect on Thursday night. Tony Biars made 18 saves for the Hawks, who are off to their best start in IHSA history under head coach Chris Fetterman. Pat Mason also chipped in with 2 goals for Hoffman, while Prospect's Sean Hansen led the way on offense for the Knights with 3 goals.
19 ROLLING MEADOWS 11 (BOYS)
Palatine improved to 2-0 in both the MSL and overall with a 19-11 win over Rolling Meadows on Thursday night. Mitch Tucker was unstoppable on the offensive end, pouring in 12 goals and drawing 3 penalty shots in the victory. Whitaker Davis also contributed on offense with 5 goals, while goalie Spencer Blackham made 13 saves in the net for the Pirates.
HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR 10 ST RITA 9 (BOYS)
In a back and forth game, Homewood-Flossmoor outlasted St Rita to win 10-9 in overtime on Thursday night. With St Rita leading 8-7 in the final minute, Homewood-Flossmoor's Kevin Jansen forced a turnover with six seconds remaining and assisted Greg Nelson for the game-tying goal with two seconds left to send the game into overtime. The Vikings were led by Greg Nelson's 4 goals, while Luke Ginger led St Rita with 7 goals in the loss.
NORTHSIDE 18 MORGAN PARK 7 (BOYS)
NORTHSIDE 11 MORGAN PARK 2 (GIRLS)
Julian Dale scored 9 goals and Max Kakacek scored 7 times as Northside earned an 18-7 victory over Morgan Park in Chicago Public League action. Meanwhile, Natalie Klontz scored 4 goals and recorded 2 steals to lead the Northside girls' team to their first win of the season, an 11-2 victory over Morgan Park. Sophomore Clare Donnelly scored once and added an assist and 3 steals, while goalie Liz Granato made 13 saves, added 5 steals, and held Morgan Park to only 2 goals.
STEVENSON 6 MUNDELEIN 3 (GIRLS)
Megan Pagano scored 3 goals to lead Stevenson to a 6-3 win over rival Mundelein in an early season North Suburban Conference matchup. Mundelein took an early lead in the first quarter on a goal by sophomore Michelle Lau, but Pagano quickly responded for the Patriots to tie the score at 1-1. Stevenson then ran off four straight goals to take a 5-1 lead into the fourth quarter and held off a late charge by Mundelein to earn the win. Amy Michelau, Sidney Gorman, and Rachel Cliburn also scored for the Patriots, while Alice Denny and Maura Coughlin each scored once for Mundelein.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
-Andrew Cenelli scored 6 goals to lead Schaumburg to a 16-4 victory over Wheeling and helped the Saxons improve to 3-0 on the season.
-Lyons' goalies Emily Bornhoff and Carrie DeBoer teamed up to earn an 11-0 shutout win over Hinsdale South in West Suburban Conference action on Thursday night.
-Scott Nemecek recorded 6 goals and Peter Cosentino added 4 scores as Lyons defeated Hinsdale South 19-7 in the WSC matchup.
-Joy Corona scored 6 goals to help Lake Forest get their first win of the season, a 10-2 victory over Vernon Hills.
Updated 3.08.07 - 9:32pm
Wednesday Night Recaps (3.07.07)
PALATINE 19 PROSPECT 4 (BOYS)
Palatine kicked off their MSL season with a strong showing against Prospect, beating the Knights 19-4 on Wednesday night. The Pirates were led on the offensive end by Mitch Tucker (7 goals) and Whitaker Davis (6 goals), and Spencer Blackham made 9 saves and recorded 9 steals to help Palatine cruise to the victory.
EVANSTON 9 MUNDELEIN 8 (BOYS)
Evanston jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Mundelein in the opening quarter and held off a late surge to win at home 9-8 on Wednesday night. After Mundelein tied the score at 8-8 on a breakaway goal by Ricky Lukacs in the closing minutes, Wildkits' freshman Matt Wich scored on a sweep shot to seal the win for Evanston. Grant Gates led the Mustangs with 4 goals and 4 ejections drawn, while Lukacs also scored 2 goals for Mundelein in the loss.
NEW TRIER 20 HINSDALE CENTRAL 12 (BOYS)
Ben Wampler and Rick Farmer led the Trevians to a 20-12 win over Hinsdale Central with 5 goals apiece, while Brendan Nyhan added 4 goals, Mark Saleh added 3 scores, and Bill Farmer and Sam Lopez each added a goal in the win.
ST IGNATIUS 16 ST VIATOR 10 (BOYS)
Matt Noonan set a school-record with 12 steals to help propel St Ignatius past St Viator 16-10 in MCAC action on Wednesday night. Brian Jucas led the Wolfpack in scoring with 7 goals in the win.
FENWICK 20 LOYOLA 9 (GIRLS) Morgan Bonk poured in 9 goals while Alison Pavlik and Erin Leary each scored 4 times to pace Fenwick to a 20-9 win over Loyola in MCAC Conference action. Colleen
Shaw scored 4 goals for the Ramblers in a losing cause.
NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 18 YORK 8 (GIRLS)
Nikki Nelson recorded 6 goals and Kara Wilson added 3 scores and 4 assists in the Redhawks' 18-8 win over York in Elmhurst on Wednesday night. Central goalie Haley Nelson made a total of 9 saves in the win.
LWC senior Jackey Harvey led the way with 5 goals in an 18-4 conference win over Bremen on Wednesday evening. Kaylee Meyers also scored 4 goals and sophomore Anna Whyte tallied 3 scores in the win for LWC.
ANDREW 12 RICHARDS 5 (GIRLS) Andrew led at the half 4-2 before pulling away to beat Richards 12-5 on Wednesday night. Ashley Stromberg and Stacey Fischer both scored 5 goals to lead the
Thunderbolts to their first win of the season. Andrew goalie Anissa Torres also made 8 saves in the victory.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
-Tyler Kelley stopped 11 shots as Naperville Central beat York 14-2.
-Connor Currier scored 4 goals to help LWC defeat Bremen 23-5.
-Mike Feldstein recorded 6 goals to lead Highland Park to an 8-3 victory over Vernon Hills.
Updated 3.07.07 - 11:54pm
Tuesday Night Recaps (3.06.07)
ANDREW 6 HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR 5 (BOYS)
Driver Ryan Joritez scored 3 times to propel the Thunderbolts to a 6-5 season opening win over Homewood-Flossmoor on Tuesday night. Senior defender Tim Arif added a goal, 5 steals, and 3 assists and goalies Mark Kircher and Scott Boutos teamed up to stop 26 shots and allow only 5 goals.
LYONS 18 OAK PARK 8 (BOYS)
LYONS 11 OAK PARK 7 (GIRLS)
Scott Nemecek had 4 goals and Peter Cosentino added 3 scores to lead Lyons past Oak Park 18-8 in boys' action, while Katherine Delacey helped LT defeat Oak Park 11-7 with a 4-goal performance. Megan Kono added 3 tallies, Joanna Curran and Mary McFadden each scored twice, and the Lions had strong defensive outings from Kathleen Ellison, Megan Jacobs, and Alissa Storm in the win.
GLENBROOK NORTH 11
MUNDELEIN 10 (GIRLS)
Emma Curth led the Spartans to an 11-10 upset win over Mundelein with a 7 goal performance. Emma Goldman, Andrea Solochek, Sara Callahan, and Jenna Georgacakis each scored once in the win for GBN. Alice Denny was the leading scorer for Mundelein with 3 tallies, while Michelle Lau, Allie Fedro, and Maura Coughlin each added two goals in the loss. The Mustangs were without offensive standout Siobhan Larsen due to illness.
LOYOLA 9 STEVENSON 8 (GIRLS)
Colleen Shaw paced the Ramblers in a 9-8 win over Stevenson on Tuesday night with 7 goals, including the game-winner with 0:37 remaining in the final quarter. Liz Shewchuck and Carly Levison also scored once for Loyola in the victory, while Stevenson was led by Amy Michelau (4 goals) and Megan Pagano (2 goals).
NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 14 MARIAN CATHOLIC (GIRLS)
Kara Wilson scored 4 goals and Nikki Nelson added 3 scores to help the Redhawks cruise to a 14-1 win over Marian Catholic in the season opener for both teams.
HOFFMAN ESTATES 10 HERSEY 5 (BOYS)
Piyum Zonooz tallied 4 goals while Pat Mason scored 3 times as Hoffman Estates defeated Hersey 10-5 on Tuesday night to improve their record to 2-0 on the season.
Dan Organ, Brian Faulstich and Justin Simanis also scored goals for the Hawks in the victory.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Christine Byron led Barrington to a 17-7 victory over Wheeling with a game high 9 goals.
Lauren Fairburn scored 5 goals and Rose Schiavone added 4 scores in Prospect's 11-1 win over Palatine.
Niki Irzyk tallied 6 goals to lead Buffalo Grove past Conant 10-8 on Tuesday night.
Kendal Hylton scored 7 goals and Colleen Briggs added 6 goals in Rolling Meadows' 14-6 victory over Schaumburg.
Mike Varga totaled 7 goals as Conant knocked off Buffalo Grove 11-2 on Tuesday in MSL action.
Kevin Kledzik scored 4 goals and provided game-winner in overtime as Schaumburg knocked off Rolling Meadows 16-14.
Updated 3.06.07 - 11:59pm
Monday Night Recaps (3.05.07)
NEW TRIER 14 EVANSTON 9
New Trier got things going and led Evanston 8-4 at halftime en route to a 14-9 win on Monday night. Rick Farmer and Ben Wampler led the Trevians with 4 goals apiece and six other players scored for New Trier in the win.
HOFFMAN ESTATES 12 ST CHARLES EAST 10
Hoffman Estates came from behind in the final two minutes to knock off St Charles East 12-10 in the season opener for both teams on Monday night. Piyum Zonooz led the Hawks with 5 goals, while Justin Simanis also contributed 3 tallies in the win. St Charles East led 9-8 heading into the final period and added a goal with 2:42 remaining, but Zonooz, who did not start due to illness, led the Hawks with 3 of their final 4 goals as they started the season off with a win.
OTHER BOYS SCORES
St Ignatius 7 Young 4
OTHER GIRLS SCORES
St Ignatius 13 Young 3
Updated 3.05.07 - 10:45pm
2007 Season Finally Arrives (3.05.07)
With a national holiday on March 5 and many schools not in session, the 2007 high school water polo competition season gets underway with more of a whimper than a bang tonight. However, one key boys' matchup from the first evening will see Evanston travel to Winnetka to take on rival New Trier at 5:30pm.
OTHER BOYS GAMES
Hoffman Estates and St Charles East do battle in non-conference action at 5:00pm.
OTHER GIRLS GAMES
The St Ignatius girls return six starters to a team that finished second in the state in 2006 and they play host to Whitney Young at 5:00pm at UIC in Chicago.
The new email address is email@example.com and the new AIM is illpolo2007 - Send all updates and scores to either of these places.
Updated 3.05.07 - 2:45pm
New E-mail Address (1.12.07)
Due to some security issues (mainly because someone stole my credit card info and tried to buy a plasma TV with it from Curcuit City), I will be changing the e-mail address for Illpolo.com at this time. The new e-mail address that you can send to is firstname.lastname@example.org and this change will be made on the site this weekend.
If anyone has sent an email over the past week, I have been unable to access it; if you have any information or questions that you would like expressed, please send them to email@example.com.
Updated 1.12.07 - 1:45am