2018 Illinois Water Polo Year in Review, compiled by Beto Garcia (Vice-President) and Kyle Perry (President)
USA Water Polo’s Yearly Awards:
Bill Barnett Distinguished Coaching Award – Tim Daniel, Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club
Brent Bolander Distinguished Coaching Award – Dough Eichstaedt, Lyons AC
Bryan Weaver Male Masters Athlete of the Year Award – Gerrit Adams, Windy City Water Polo
Jody Campbell Sportmanship Award: Uriel Galarza (Chicago Park District), Joe Jeness (Northern Illinois Polo Club)
Maureen O’Toole Sportsmanship Award: Kelsey Wessel (West Suburban), Susan Palmentera-Reid (Chicago Park District)
Illinois Water Polo Awards:
Phil Stelnicki Award – Bill Dolehide
The Mike Murphy Award – Rob Lindgren
Boys Coach of the Year – Bill Salentine, Naperville Central
Girls Coach of the Year – Jeff Wimer, Stevenson
Hall of Fame Inductee – Jeff Plackett, Ray Zeason, and John B. Murphy
Boys Player of the Year – Victor Perez, Lyons Township
Girls Player of the Year – Claire Haas, Stevenson
Boys Senior Scholastic Award – Brendan Chang, Glenbrook South
Girls Senior Scholastic Award – Eileen Hoang, Stevenson
Dave Perry College Scholarship – Molly McGuire (Fenwick) – Indiana University and Jack Otto (Libertyville) – Bucknell University
National Federation of High School Associations Coach of the Year:
Timothy Daniel, Conant
Amy Martello, Lane Tech
2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympic:
12&Under Girls: Chicago Park District (27)
14&Under Girls: Chicago Park District (33)
16&Under Girls: Northern Illinois Polo Club (47)
18&Under Girls: Northern Illinois Polo Club (43), Chicago Park District 79
14&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (36), Lyons AC (48)
16&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (39), West Suburban (47), Northern Illinois Polo Club (70), Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club ( 118)
18&Under Boys: Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club (43), West Suburban (91), Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club Blue (96)
2018 USA Water Polo Champions Cup:
14&Under Girls: West Suburban (11), Chicago Park District (12)
14&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (11), Northern Illinois Polo Club (12)
American Water Polo National State Challenge:
High School Boys: 1st Chicago Park District, 2nd Windy City Water Polo
High School Girls: 1st Windy City Water Polo
American Water Polo 14&Under Summer League: 1st Team Chicago, 2nd Chicago Park District Girls, 3rd Chicago Park District Boys
American Water Polo 12&Under Summer League: 1st Chicago Park District Green, 2nd Team Chicago, 3rd Chicago Park District White
American Water Polo 14&Under Fall League: 1st Lyons AC and Chicago Park District Boys
American Water Polo 12&Under Fall League: 1st Chicago Park District Green, 2nd Northern Illinois Polo Club, 3rd Chicago Park District White
Illinois High School Association Water Polo:
Sectional Winners: Buffalo Grove (Stevenson Boys and Girls), Glenbrook South (Evanston Boys and Loyola Girls), Lincoln-Way East (Lincoln-Way East Boys and Girls), Lyons Township (Lyons Boys and Mother McAuley Girls), Metea Valley (Naperville Central Boys and Naperville North Girls), Schaumburg (Conant Boys and Girls), St. Ignatius (St. Ignatius Boys and Lane Tech Girls), York (Fenwick Boys and Girls)
IHSA State Championship Tournament:
Boys – 1st Naperville Central, 2nd Fenwick, 3rd Lyons, 4th Conant
Girls – 1st Stevenson, 2nd Fenwick, 3rd Naperville North, 4th Loyola
Illinois Water Polo Events:
Coaching Clinic at Arlington Park Race Track
IHSA Officials training at Fenwick
Age Group Water Polo Clinic at Stevenson in conjunction with the All-State All-Star Game at Stevenson
All-State Banquet and Hall of Fame Dinner
Click here to view the full schedule – 2019MADEJ_OFFICIALS_TOURNEY
There was a large turnout for the January Official Clinic. Officials reviewed 2019’s Rule changes. Speakers covered mentoring and the nuances of women’s water polo, specifically suit grabbing.
New officials reviewed whistle technique and points of emphasis for their first year officiating water polo.
The level two clinic reviewed video showing correct application of the rules in the 2018 State Tournament’s game situations.
Illinois Water Polo will be holding a college water polo “recruiting 101” session on Monday, January 28th @ 7pm in the Naperville Central Learning Commons. All athletes, coaches, and parents are invited to attend. Our target audience is probably sophomores and juniors, but there’s still time for seniors who have still not made a firm decision about their next step.
This free seminar is designed to introduce members of the Illinois Water Polo community to the basics of the college process: registering with the NCAA, your high school coach’s role in the process, contacting college coaches, scholarship myths & realities, varsity vs. club, etc. This is strictly informative; this is not a recruiting service, there’s no sales pitch, and no cost.
Naperville Central High School
440 W. Aurora Ave
Enter school at Door 1 on Aurora Ave, not the pool entrance. There will be signs inside the main entrance directing you to the Learning Commons.
We’ll absolutely take drop-ins, but it would be helpful for planning purposes if some attendees would pre-register.
Illinois Water Polo will hold five meetings in 2019 on the following dates: January 13, March 10, April 14, September 15 and November 17.
All are on Sundays at 7 PM at Fenwick High School library.
Anyone interested in helping grow water polo in Illinois is encouraged to attend.
Windy City Water Polo (Oak Park, IL) and Alumni Water Polo (Granite Bay CA) will be hosting a water polo clinic at Fenwick High School for high school boys and girls as well as age group boys and girls on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. Athletes can register for one or two days. Alumni Water Polo has come to Illinois three out of the last four years to run camps using Fenwick as the host site, and they have always done a great job. In the past, Br. Rice graduate, Joey Franz, has participated as a clinician. Franz, a former goalie for the University of the Pacific water polo team competes with the Alumni Water Polo team in California. There will be six clinicians here this year. Each as NCAA or National Team experience!
Camp registration information can also be found at: https://alumniwaterpolo.sportngin.com/register/form/711739329?_ga=2.112915904.557550457.1545167256-1935233685.1545167256
Out of a field of eleven teams, Club of Chicago and Windy City Water Polo (pictured above) were co-champions of the 2018 Dave Perry Classic held at Fenwick High School on November 17 and 18. Both teams were undefeated entering the championship game. Club of Chicago defeated the University of Illinois, the Apostles, and the Outlaws. Windy City Water Polo defeated the Apostles, the Glenbrook Gators, and the Wildcats. The championship game ended in an 11-11 tie with four goals being scored in the closing two minutes.
Referee Magazine published the following personal remembrance of Bill Dolehide in their November edition.
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