UIL Update: TISCA Needs Your Help

For the past seven years representatives of only one sport not currently sponsored by the body have attended every UIL Legislative Council Meeting. On June 10 representatives of TISCA and USA Water Polo again took part in the meeting with some encouraging results. But there’s more work to do and TISCA, including the West Region Committee, strongly encourages families and supporters of the sport to act on the information presented below.

Joe Linehan, Director of Texas Growth for USA Water Polo, has sent most members of the water polo community the following email regarding UIL sponsorship of water polo. You may have already received it. If not, we urge you to read it and act.


On Tuesday – June 10th, TISCA Water Polo attended the annual June meeting of the UIL Legislative Council (Council meets every June and October). In an attempt to pursue the UIL sanctioning of water polo, TISCA Water Polo has been attending the UIL Legislative Council meetings every June and October for the past seven years (Chris Cullen, Mac McDonald, and Joe Linehan). Much progress has been made toward the UIL sanctioning of the sport through organized and deliberate presentations at the UIL meetings, grass roots development at the high school level throughout the state (including Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and El Paso in the West Region), TISCA support of adding water polo as a sanctioned sport, and conversations throughout with the UIL Staff and Superintendents that attend the annual meetings.

At [the June 10] meeting, the UIL Legislative Council decided to send a survey to all Superintendents throughout the state of Texas in August and September  of 2019. This previously occurred in 2014 and again in 2016. The initial survey in 2014 showed there was enough support to “continue to monitor” the sports growth. The survey in 2016 showed a tremendous increase of school district interest of wanting to participate in the sport, but the support fell just short of the majority of Superintendents (came in at 47%). Since 2016, the sport has continued to grow state wide with the total number of schools playing at some level this past spring at 170+ schools (most playing both boys and girls). Just ten years ago, there were less than 50 schools playing the sport in Texas.

In anticipation of the UIL survey in August/September, we need former players, parents, supporters of the sport, masters players, etc. to contact their local Superintendents and encourage them to support the addition of water polo as a UIL sanctioned sport on the upcoming survey (contact Superintendents via email, letter, in person meeting, etc.).

Please use positive and area-specific language when contacting your local Superintendent. Below is a list of the major talking points that support the addition of water polo for the UIL. Please select 2-3 of below bullet points and elaborate on the why these issues are important for your area/school district (no need to copy/paste the entire list). If possible, please encourage friends/family to also contact their local Superintendents in their area of the state. The more positive support from parents/supporters of the sport the better.

Top Reasons to Add Water Polo as a UIL Sanctioned Sport:

  • Low Cost to Implement and Maintain the Program
  • Low Athlete Injury Risk; Low Organizational Risk
  • Attracts High Achieving Student-Athletes, High Character & Education Driven Athletes
  • Promotes Team Concept, Builds Camaraderie, & Increases Self-Esteem
  • Excellent Sport for Both Genders (Year-Round Aquatic Season)
  • Grow All Aquatic Sports by Attracting Athletes to Aquatic Facilities
  • Utilize Pools After Swim Season (Does Not Require Additional Facilities)
  • A Place for Athletes Offseason/Cross-training
  • Education Mission: Minimum Missed School Days
  • TISCA Water Polo Already Adheres to UIL Standards
  • Regulation of the Fastest Growing High School Sport in Texas
  • Proven NCAA Opportunities for Student-Athletes & Olympic Success
  • USA Water Polo Education & Technical Assistance
  • Spectator Friendly Sport, and IT’S FUN!

Thank you in your support of TISCA Water Polo’s/USA Water Polo’s efforts in making water polo the next UIL Sanctioned Sport in Texas.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks and take care.

Joe Linehan
USA Water Polo – Texas Development
[email protected]

West Places Four on 2019 All-state Teams

The West Region placed four athletes on the 2019 TISCA Water Polo All-State Team, as announced at the conclusion of Saturday’s state championship matches in Austin. Aldo Ordoñez of LASA and Makayla Keating of Cedar Ridge earned Second-Team honors, while Ordoñez’ teammate Michael Wallace and Round Rock Junior Callie Scott received Honorable Mention.

Foster High School swept the top honors with Coach Scott Slay receiving Coach of the Year honors for both his boys’ and girls’ teams. Two of his stars, Maddie Jacks and Michael Colmenares, were picked as Players of the Year.

See the entire list of all-state team honorees here.

Final results for tournament are here.

LASA Earns Historic Win at States

The West’s top ranked boys from LASA recovered from a three-goal deficit to defeat Friendswood 7-6 on Sunday at the TISCA Water Polo High School Championships in Austin. The win is the first for any boys’ team from the West at State Championships since 2011, according to state officials, and the first ever by an Austin-area boys’ team.

Anderson did the same for Austin-area girls in 2016. They defeated Denton 6-3 in a ninth-place match at Texas A&M.

In 2015 Round Rock became the first Austin-area squad not to lose a game at the State Championships when they tied Westside of Houston 5-5 to finish the tournament 0-1-1.

Follow all the results from this weekend’s State Championships here. Live statistics and results are available via TheFosh.net.

LASA Earns First Title, Round Rock Threepeats

LASA, which has qualified for State Championships two of the last three years, ascended to the top of the West Region on Saturday. The boys defeated Anderson in the title match, 13-5, for their first ever championship. Round Rock and Waco Midway will each head to their seventh consecutive state championships. The Dragons beat  Midway 9-7 to earn third place in the regional tournament.

2019 West Region Champions – Round Rock HS Girls

The Round Rock girls defeated local rivals Cedar Ridge 13-5 in Saturday’s title match to win their fifth regional championship in six years. LASA and Anderson extended their day by taking the third place match to overtime, but the Jaguars ended on top 6-4.

All eight teams head to the TISCA Water Polo State Championships beginning on May 3 at the Texas Swim Center in Austin. Their opening round matches will be against East Region teams in 2019.

TISCA West Region Varsity Boys Championship

  1. LASA
  2. Anderson
  3. Round Rock
  4. Waco Midway

TISCA West Region Varsity Girls Championship

  1. Round Rock
  2. Cedar Ridge
  3. LASA
  4. Anderson

TISCA WEST All Region Teams

Varsity Boys
TeamFirstLastSchoolGrade
MVPAldoOrdonezLASA12
1stBennettBuchananAnderson11
1stJackHansenRound Rock12
1stCooperGadersonAustin11
1stMichaelWallaceLASA12
1stAllenLiLASA11
1stMarkGibelWaco Midway12
2ndEvanSayerLASA11
2ndColbySullivanCedar Park11
2ndJTSwordWaco Midway11
2ndOwenNguyenAnderson12
2ndColeKershnerMcCallum11
2ndMichaelDolanRound Rock12
2ndWalkerStewartCedar Ridge11
2ndEmilioCohen-HadriaWestwood9
HMLanceButlerAnderson11
HMTomasChuMcCallum11
HMSpencerCampbellRound Rock11
HMTobyCollishawCedar Ridge10
HMIvanZaplatorMcCallum11
HMCooperGilkeyCedar Park11
HMJaredMcArthurVandegrift12
HMThomasWoodleyAnderson9
Co-Coach of the YearQuinn CurlAnderson
Co-Coach of the YearSean MurrayLASA
Varsity Girls
TeamFirstLastSchoolGrade
MVPMakaylaKeatingCedar Ridge9
1stCallieScottRound Rock11
1stDelaneyScottRound Rock11
1stSophiaDeLeonLASA11
1stMarieTaylorAnderson12
1stSarahMinesLASA11
1stCorrineKalderliAustin12
2ndChloeFinchCedar Ridge11
2ndAmandaEasterAnderson9
2ndTressaLangenohlCedar Ridge10
2ndLucyParatoreRound Rock12
2ndEmmyWagnerAnderson12
2ndSamanthaSmithWestwood12
2ndCoraTienLASA11
HMEllenLarsonLASA10
HMTrinityWolfRound Rock10
HMAnaLecompteCedar Ridge12
HMGraceCastelinoWestwood11
HMAlexaKlumpenAnderson11
HMCateLayneRound Rock10
HMKatieHavranekAnderson11
Coach of the YearMark StohrerCedar Ridge

Los Fresnos, PSJA Take Home First-ever Rio Grande Valley Titles

The girls of Los Fresnos and the boys of PSJA ISD are the first-ever Rio Grande Valley High School Water Polo Champions. The two teams prevailed at last-Friday’s inaugural event at Pharr Aquatic Center. The tournament completes an historic season for the region, which fielded the most-ever teams this spring and produced significant media coverage.

The PSJA boys, and the McAllen team which placed second, are veterans of TISCA West Region water polo competition. McAllen returned to the fold this year after a one-year hiatus. In 2017 the Bulldog boys ended the regular season fourth in the West Region standings. PSJA bettered McAllen by a single goal to take home the 2018 title.

Los Fresnos earned their first girls title only one year after forming the team. The Falcons entered the tournament seeded second to runners-up PSJA, whom they defeated 7-5 to earn their championship trophy.

Girls Final Standings, MVP, and Coach of the Year:

MVP: Joslyn Blanco, Los Fresnos

Coach of the Year: Jaime Perez, Los Fresnos

Final Standings:

  1. Los Fresnos
  2. PSJA ISD
  3. Harlingen
  4. Sharyland
  5. Harlingen South
  6. McAllen

 

PSJA – 2018 Rio Grande Valley Boys Champions

Boys Final Standings, MVP, and Coach of the Year:

MVP: Chris Vasquez, PSJA

Coach of the Year: Jonathan Landero, PSJA

Final Standings:

  1. PSJA ISD
  2. McAllen
  3. Los Fresnos
  4. Harlingen South
  5. Sharyland
  6. Harlingen