Illinois Water Polo morns the loss of Billy Dolehide

Long time player and official, Billy Dolehide tragically passed away last week.  Billy played water polo at Br. Rice and then the University of Illinois.  He also played with various parks in the Chicago Park District league, most recently Fernwood.  As a masters athlete, he competed with the Apostles, the Outlaws, Riverside-Brookfield, and just about any other team that needed a guy!  On the deck, Billy was an Illinois High School Association official for seventeen years.  He also officiated many years prior to the sport of water polo being sanctioned by the IHSA in 2002.  As an IHSA official, Billy worked eight state tournaments.  Billy is survived by his loving wife, Terri Dolehide, and his three children, Shannon, Logan, and Morgan.  If you would like to support the Dolehide family, you can visit their gofund me page at: or purchase a t-shirt from which all proceeds will be donated directly to the family at:


Bill Dolehide (left) was “always smiling and being nice to people,” according to his wife, Terri. (Terri Dolehide)

Apostles go 4-0 to win the Two Daves Water Polo Tournament.

Despite some weather related issues, nine men’s teams and two women’s teams participated in the 18th annual ‘Officials’ Water Polo Tournament, dedicated in memory of Dave Madej and Dave Perry this past weekend.  The Apostles went 4-0 to earn the tournament title defeating Illinois State University, Hippos, Team Chicago, and, finally, Windy City Water Polo in the championship game.  This marks the second straight year that the Apostles have won this event.  One the women’s side, Carthage College and Wildcats split their two games, each winning one.

Final Results:

Saturday, February 10

Wildcats 10 Carthage 7

Apostles 21 Hippos 6

GB Gators 5 Harper College 10

Outlaws 11 Windy City Water Polo 20

Carthage 9 Wildcats 7

Team Chicago 11 Harper College 6

Beached Whales 18 Outlaws 9

ISU 8 Hippos 10

GB Gators 8 Team Chicago 7

Beached Whales 10 Windy City Water Polo 14

Sunday, February 11

Apostles 17 ISU 3

Outlaws 19 Gators 11

Whales 15 Harper 10

Windy City Water Polo 12 Team Chicago 11

ISU 11 Gators 9

Hippos 4 Harper 13

Apostles 16 Team Chicago 3

ISU 9 Outlaws 13

Beached Whales 12 Hippos 11

Apostles 15 Windy City Water Polo 2

Final Standings:

1. Apostles 4-0

2. Windy City Water Polo 3-1

3. Team Chicago 1-3

4. Beached Whales 3-1

5. Hippos 2-2

6. Harper College 2-2

7. Outlaws 2-2

8. ISU 1-3

9. Gators 1-3

2018 Illinois Water Polo Meeting Schedule

Illinois Water Polo has announced its 2018 meeting schedule.  All meetings are held at Fenwick High School (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302).  Five meetings will be held throughout the year on the following dates:

All interested in Illinois water polo are encouraged to attend.

o Monday, January 22 – 7pm
o Sunday, March 11 – 7pm (focus on the banquet and summer leagues)
o Sunday, April 22 – 7pm
o Monday, September 10 – 7pm (summer league wrap-up)
o Monday, November 12 – 7pm (elections)

Pre-Season Water Polo Coaching Clinic

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Speaker: Ashley Hill
Ashley is currently the head boys and girls swim coach at Cathedral Catholic High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Most recently she has been coaching boys water polo at the 12u, 14u, and 16u levels for Stanford Water Polo Club.  For the past 15 years she has been coaching and teaching at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, CA; where she was the assistant boys water polo coach, Head Girls Basketball coach, and assistant boys and girls varsity swim coach.    Ashley is in her 19th year as a highschool teacher and her 24th year as a coach.  Her passion lies in teaching and coaching young athletes to be leaders both in sports and in life.
Open to all coaches
Topics will include: planning a season/practice, drills, skills and of course x’s and o’s
Where: Stevenson High School, Room 7096
Time: 12:30-5pm
Cost: $30
***proceeds will go toward one of our local masters teams and the Dave Perry College Scholarship Fund
Or email:
Check can be made payable to Illinois Water Polo (IWP).
There will be a coaches social to follow, location to be announced.
Illinois Water Polo is also planning an additional coaching clinic the first weekend of March for anyone unable to attend this January clinic.  More details to come.

Club of Chicago goes undefeated to win the 2017 Dave Perry Classic

The Club of Chicago team went 4-0 to win the 2017 Dave Perry Classic held at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL.  The team defeated the Chicago Park District 15-5, Windy City Water Polo 11-10, the Apostles 10-6, and Team Chicago 17-8.  The Apostles and Windy City both finished with 3-1 records.  Additionally, $500 were raised to help fund Illinois Water Polo’s Dave Perry College Scholarship.  For more information on the scholarship, check out the scholarship page.

Final results and tournament scores:

Club of Chicago 4-0

Apostles 3-1

Windy City Water Polo 3-1

Glenbrook Gators 2-2

Harper 2-2

Outlaws 2-2

Squirrels & Bears 2-2

Team Chicago 2-2

Beached Whales 1-3

Chicago Park District 1-3

Hippos 0-4

2017 Dave Perry Classic RESULTS

Alumni Water Polo Camp returns to Illinois

Windy City Water Polo and Alumni Water Polo are proud to announce the return of the Alumni Water Polo camp to Illinois this November.  This two day camp will be held on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 at Fenwick High School (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302).  This year’s camp is open to all players, boys and girls, 13 years of age and older.  More information can be found at:

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Mid West Zone Identification Tournament

Mid West Zone Identification Tournament

October 6-8, 2017

Stevenson High School

Chicago, Illinois

USA Water Polo and the Mid West Zone are proud to announce our 2nd annual zone tournament.  This tournament provides high-level competition for male athletes in the zone as well as exposure to the National Team Coaches.  There will be 2 divisions for the tournament listed below.

Boys 18 and Under:  12 teams including “free agent” team of athletes not associated with a club

Identification of male athletes born in 2000-2002

Boys 14 and under :  12 teams including “free agent”( team of athletes not associated with a club) This will also serve as the qualifier for Champions Cub

Identification of male athletes born in 2003 or younger

Coaches Clinic Integrated into the weekend with National Team Coaches in attendance

Space is Limited for these tournaments.  Please contact Tim Daniel to secure a spot for your team or Free Agents.

Cost per team:  $500

Cost for free agents:  $100

Tim Daniel –  P: 847-208-3428

Mid West Zone ODP Identification Tournament

Register for Jane’s Warrior 5K Run and Walk TODAY

In 2014, the Sandburg community and the swimming and water polo community lost a true champion in Coach Jane Caliendo.  Register today to support the Jane Caliendo Memorial Foundation to continue Jane’s legacy with scholarships to graduating students from St. Michael’s School and Sandburg High School.

More information is available on their Facebook page, and the web page

National State Challenge Comes to Chicago on July 13-16

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — There will be plenty lot of people taking to the pool in July in the Windy City as the American Water Polo National State Challenge comes to Chicago, Ill. on ThursdaySunday, July 13-16, at Fenwick High School and Portage Park.  Membership Director of American Water Polo Damon Newman offered these words about the host city. “We are excited to host the 2017 National State Challenge in Chicago. Chicago is a world class city with a deep history of water polo excellence.”  Established in 2008, the tournament takes to the road to be hosted for the first time in the Midwest after a three-year stint in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania.  One of the premier events of the year for both men and women, as many college coaches and scouts will be attending the tournament.  This year’s 18U men’s and women’s teams in addition to competing for attention will also be vying for the $1,000 prize for the winners after their five-game tournament.  The home state will be heavily featured as in both the men’s, women’s and the U14 coed division are all boasting several teams from not just the state but the city as well.  Windy City Water Polo has teamed up with Athletico Physical Therapy and American Water Polo to bring the event to the Midwest. Newman again lauded the host locations.

“We are thrilled to have the tournament played at the Chicago Parks Portage Park Pool, an institution of outdoor water polo in this great city. Perennial water polo powerhouse Fenwick High School will host games in their all deep facility.”  The schedule for the tournament is available at