Rob Lindgren, a force in District 214 high school aquatics for more than two decades, died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, July 15. He had been battling pancreatic cancer since last November. In addition to positions as coach, teacher, official, club supervisor, Rob also spearheaded the Illinois Water Polo High School Boys and Girls Summer Leagues. Twenty two different clubs, several with multiple teams, currently participate in the league started by Rob which ends its regular season this week. This league has been instrumental to the growth of high school water polo in Illinois since its inception. In the recent years, Rob took the league from a more recreational set up to one with a championship tournament, awards for the winners, high level games, and the crowning of an Illinois High School Summer League Champion. He also kept a recreational set up for teams just starting out, allowing all teams, no matter their level of play or experience, an opportunity to play water polo throughout the summer. His efforts in this league were tireless.
This past June, while battling cancer, Rob renewed Illinois Water Polo’s commitment to coaching education by organizing a coaching clinic and social at Arlington Park (Arlington Heights, IL). Over twenty five coaches attended the event which saw presentations from several top level area high school and club coaches as well as 2016 Olympian, Brett Bonanni. Following the clinic, live racing was enjoyed and lunch was provided by Illinois Water Polo.
Following in Rob’s footsteps, Illinois Water Polo will continue both the high school summer league and the coaching clinics. Illinois Water Polo would also like to thank Rob one last time for his incredible efforts in helping provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level.
Two recent articles about Rob’s passing can be found at:
There is also a go fund me page.
Illinois Water Polo will also accept donations in honor of Rob Lindgren which will be earmarked for the next coaching clinic, an event that Rob was already working on despite his last clinic being held just a month ago! Donations by check made out to Illinois Water Polo can be mailed to:
Kyle Perry, Illinois Water Polo President
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 10am at St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004).
Clinic and afternoon social is complementary with you team’s entry into the summer league.
The Illinois Water Polo 2017 All-Sectional Teams by Sectional –
The 2018 WSWPC Water Polo Clinic has been announced and will take place on May 26th, 2018 at Naperville North High School.
Stevenson Water Polo and Stevenson High School will be offering a WATER POLO COACHES “Lunch and Learn” this year at the IHSA State Tournament.
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: https://www.gofundme.com/dolehide-family-fund or purchase a t-shirt from which all proceeds will be donated directly to the family at: https://teespring.com/honoring-bill-dolehide#pid=46&cid=2739&sid=front
Bill Dolehide (left) was “always smiling and being nice to people,” according to his wife, Terri. (Terri Dolehide)
On March 17th, long time boys’ water polo coach at Glenbrook North, Mark Rebora, suffered a heart attack while out for a morning bike ride and passed away.
Mark, a 1978 Loyola Academy Alum, taught Physical Education at Glenbrook North in addition to coaching football, wrestling, and water polo. He had been the water polo coach at Glenbrook North since 2000. Rebora was an active athlete himself and was named to Loyola Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievement as a wrestler in 2003. Mark is survived by his wife Christine and his son’s Cole and Caid.
A celebration of Mark’s life has been planned for April 15th, 2018. Details can be found here – Rebora – Celebration of Life
More information on Mark’s life is available at https://www.journal-
The Rebora Memorial fund has been established to benefit student athletes at Glenbrook North High School: https://gbnbooster.org/
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.
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
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
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.