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LASA Girls, McCallum Boys Start Strong as Prep Season Begins

By Tom Andrew

The 2020 high school season is off to an exciting start in TISCA Water Polo’s West Region as we saw 19 boys and girls teams take to the pool last weekend at the Longhorn Spring Invite held at the Texas Swim Center.

On the girl’s end, the LASA (newly christened) Velociraptors are off to a hot start as the only side to take home two wins with victories over Waco and Round Rock. The team relied on strong defense led by senior goalie Katie Havranek and a balanced offensive attack that allowed juniors Lilli Gordon and Ellen Larson to score in transition as well as the front court.

Coming in next are Cedar Ridge and Anderson who both had one big win over Vandegrift/Lake Travis and Waco Midway respectively and then a draw when they went head to head. Anderson was led by the goalie/field player duo of sophomore Amanda Easter and junior Kate Halter. Both girls split time in the cage in addition to leading their teams in scoring. Junior Claire Rogillio also stepped up to contribute with several steals as well as counterattack goals. The Cedar Ridge side saw big games from juniors Tressa Lengenohl and Kennedy Dulin on offense in addition to solid all around play from sophomore Makayla Keating and defensive effort from senior Chloe Finch.

Finishing with one win and one loss are the Round Rock Dragons and the Austin High Maroons. Round Rock was competitive in both games, taking home the win over Austin and then dropping a close one against LASA. Round Rock was paced on both ends of the pool by senior captains Callie and Delaney Scott and also received help on the scoring end from fellow seniors London Zwerneman and Zairis Padilla. Austin High fell to Round Rock by three goals and then came up with a big win over the Waco JV squad. The team was led in the field by the trio of Gwen Sloat, Lauren Latimer, and Ella Thomas. All three girls contributed on offense as well as helping secure several defensive stops. Goalie Barbara Kulchisky was also a standout in the cage as she recorded her first official games as starting goalkeeper.

Next up we have the Waco and Vandegrift/Lake Travis squads who played tough against some of the best teams in the region. Although Waco was unable to finish with a win on the day, they did have a strong performance from sophomore Genevieve Biberdorf who found the back of the net for two goals against LASA. The Vandegrift/Lake Travis team was joined by several McCallum girls, most of whom were participating in their first water polo competition. The girls were able to take a win over the Waco JV team before falling to Cedar Ridge in their second game. The squad saw major contributions from Vandegrift senior Caroline Denison in the field and McCallum goalie Emily Carrroll in the cage.

On the boys side of the pool, we saw the trio of McCallum, Anderson, and Austin High Schools emerge undefeated on the day. McCallum boasted the largest margin of victory with big wins over Waco and Round Rock. The team saw major contributions from Seniors Cole Kershner, Tomas Chu, and Ivan Zaplatar in the field and a solid outing from freshman Spencer McNelis in the goal. Anderson picked up a convincing victory over Cedar Ridge and then had a bit of a scare as they staved off a late surge to escape with the win over Cedar Park. The team was led in the field by the senior duo of Bennett Buchanan and Lance Butler. Freshman Isaac Fox stepped up admirably in his first outing as goalie and registered 15 blocks over the weekend. Austin High rounds out the 2-0 teams and managed to look fairly solid despite missing several athletes from their roster. The Maroons saw big offensive games from sophomore Owen Murphy who led the team with 10 goals on the day. Senior Cooper Gaderson controlled the games by leading the team in steals, assists, and drawn ejections while junior Sage Jones chipped in several point blank stops in the goal.

Next up we have LASA, Cedar Park, and LASA JV who were all 1-1 on the day. LASA picked up a big win over Cedar Ridge before dropping their second (non-conference) game to San Antonio. Seniors Lucas Abounader and Allen Li led the team offensively while junior Patrick Haney racked up the blocks as primary goalkeeper. Cedar Park fell in a close game to Anderson but managed to pick up a big win over Vandegrift. The Timberwolves saw big contributions from Senior Zach Ford working in 2 meters while fellow Senior Colby Sullivan preferred to strike from long range. Junior goalkeeper Dylan Sullivan supplemented his block total with an exciting full court score in the Anderson game. LASA JV started the day with a solid victory over Vandegrift before falling to Longhorn in the final game of the night. The squad was led in scoring by sophomores Octavio Conde De Frankenberg and Billy Flukinger. In the goal, fellow freshmen Manu Singhal and Eric Haney both came up with huge stops and counterattack outlets to set up scoring opportunities.

Finishing 0-2 on the day were Waco, Round Rock, Cedar Ridge, and Vandegrift. Round Rock finished as one of the more potent offensive teams on the day and will be a scary matchup for any team once they shore up on the defensive end. Senior Spencer Campbell paced the team with 9 goals on the day while junior Ethan Patterson also picked up a hat trick in the game against Austin. Waco was led by big contributions from the senior class of JT Sword and Toby Smyers in the field and Blake Singleterry in the goal. For Cedar Ridge, it was all juniors as the class of 2021 accounted for all but one of the Raiders goals on the day. In the cage, you guessed it, juniors Zhenya Jensen Buchannon and Patrick Jenkins led the way with blocks and one full court strike. Finally, Vandegrift rounded out the day with big contributions from seniors Bradley Guy and Brandon Wong. Bradley led the team on offense while Brandon used his length and leg strength to snag several steals out of the air. Freshman goalie Leo Pozhenko stood out in his first appearances in the goal.

Moving forward, we will be treated to four undefeated teams going head to head this week as LASA v Anderson girls match takes place Tuesday evening at the Texas Swim Center followed by Austin v Anderson boys on Thursday.

Click here for more news from the TISCA Water Polo West Region.

2020 Longhorn Spring Invite

Longhorn Spring Invite at UT

Live Schedule and Results

Dates

Saturday, February 22nd. Games will start at 11:30am and run until 8:30pm.



Location

Texas Swim Center, 1900 Red River Street 78712. Two indoor 25-yard courses with floating goals. Warm up lanes will be provided.

Parking

Please be aware there is heavy construction and traffic around the pool area. It is suggested to park at either the Trinity or Manor garage.

Divisions

High school boys (includes co-ed teams); high school girls.

Entry fee: $150 per team, not per school. A school entering one boys’ and one girls’ team will be charged $300. Teams are guaranteed at least two games. A third game may be available at an additional cost. Please note the payment deadline is February 20th! Click here to pay.



Intent and Schedule

Please email your intent to play ASAP or at the latest by Friday, February 14 to Tom Andrew . A schedule will be published on the TISCA West Region website and emailed to all teams by Monday, February 17th.

Rosters

Coaches are required to submit rosters with assigned cap numbers via online form once they have indicated their intent to play in the tournament. A link to the form will be emailed to the coach once entries have been confirmed.

Waivers

All participants that will be on the pool deck (athletes, coaches, officials, etc.) will be required to submit a waiver that will be collected with the rosters when the teams check into the pool. This will also be emailed to the coach once entries have been confirmed.

Game Day Info

Games are five minute quarters, two timeouts per game. The team listed first on the schedule wears white caps. There will be balls available for warmup. Extra caps may be available. The color of swim caps must match, within reason, the color of the water polo cap per NFHS rules. Games ending in a tie will be recorded as such. No overtime or penalty shootouts.

Tournament Contact: Tom Andrew [email protected] 210-394-2613.

2019 West Region Championships

CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE/RESULTS


Welcome

Longhorn Aquatics is proud to host the TISCA High School Water Polo West Region Championships.

Facility

The Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center features two 25-yard courses for tournament competition. Both pool settings will feature scoreboards with Daktronics Scoring.

Location

The Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (TSC) is located at 1900 Red River Street on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

TSC Rules

As guests of The University of Texas, all must adhere to the Texas Swim Center (TSC) rules. Coaches must supervise their players. Glass containers are not permitted in the building. Deck changing is prohibited.



DATE

Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th

Championships Tournament Director

Tom Andrew (210-394-2613), [email protected]

West Region Committee

[email protected]. James Smith (650-759-0310), Coach Allie Hill, LASA; Coach Jonathan Landero, PSJA.

Deck Access

ONLY coaches, officials and participating athletes are allowed on deck. Parents must remain in the stands and are not allowed on deck.

Format

Varsity boys and girls teams from the TISCA Water Polo West Region are invited to compete for one of four spots in the TISCA Water Polo High School State Championships. Consolidated boys-coed, and consolidated girls teams are invited to participate in their own championships. The top four varsity finishers will qualify for State Championships in Austin on May 3-4.

  • Girls Varsity: Top four teams will qualify for State Championship
  • Boys Varsity: Top four teams will qualify for State Championship
  • Consolidated/JV teams are not eligible for State Championships

Match Rules

All games and tie-breaker situations will use NFHS regulations unless otherwise noted. Each game will consist of four five-minute quarters. There will be two minutes between quarters for all games. If needed, games tied after four quarters will play a sudden victory period. This overtime rule is a modified version of NFHS rules. NFHS rules will apply at States. All teams get two timeouts per game (plus an extra timeout for overtime). First team listed wears white caps and starts to the left of the table. All teams will play at least two games

Schedule

The schedule will be emailed to coaches and posted on the TISCA West Region Website by Wednesday, April 17th or earlier. A live results link will also be included on the TISCA West Region Website.

Forms

All qualifying teams need to submit a complete team roster (14 players per team) with roster verification signed by their coach. The roster template is linked at the bottom of the post. All athletes will also have to submit a State Participant Waiver, also linked below.

IMPORTANT: E-mail rosters/team photograph AND athlete waivers to [email protected] AND [email protected] Deadline is TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH BY 5 PM. Please state in subject line: REGION ROSTER AND WAIVERS

Entry Fee

$250.00 per team per gender. Entry fees must be accounted for before a team can play in the tournament.

Make checks payable to: The University of Texas

Mail to: Longhorn Aquatics
Attn: State Water Polo Tournament
1900 Red River St., D4050
Austin, TX 78712

Entries/Rosters

Roster information must be e-mailed to [email protected] AND [email protected] by TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH BY 5 PM. The following roster information is required: name, cap number and grade for each athlete; captain designation, mascot, school colors, current record, team photograph and coaches’ names. Use the template below.

Entrance

Spectators will enter through the 3rd level ticket entrance doors. Meet referees, coaches and athletes may enter through the 1st level entrance. Parents must remain in the stands and are not allowed on deck.

Admission

There will be an admission fee of $5 per day. Children 12 & under are free.

Awards

MVP, 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All-Region, and Coach of the Year will receive certificates. All-Region teams will be selected for each division by the coaches.

Hospitality

Hospitality can be found in the classroom on the deck level for coaches and referees. Athletes and spectators are not permitted in either area.

Noise Makers/Spectator Conduct

According to UIL rules, noise makers are NOT allowed on deck or in the bleachers. This includes horns and musical instruments. If used, you will be escorted from the building with NO refund. TAUNTING/UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED FROM FANS. YOU WILL BE ESCORTED FROM THE BUILDING WITH NO REFUND.

Contact

Please send all questions to [email protected] AND [email protected]

TISCA West Regional Competition RUles

All rosters are limited to 14 athletes.

Varsity

Varsity teams are to be comprised solely of athletes who are currently enrolled at the high school they represent. Varsity teams and athletes should be prepared to verify their athletes’ school affiliation. If it is found that one or more athletes on a varsity team are not enrolled at the school for which they play, the team will be disqualified from the tournament and not re-invited the following season.

All varsity rosters are to be exclusive. No athlete is permitted to play for more than one varsity team.

Consolidated and JV

Private- and home-school athletes can participate on a consolidated team if they are currently enrolled in a 9-12 grade high school.

Middle school-age children (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) are strictly prohibited from participating in any TISCA Water Polo activity.

Girls are allowed to play for both consolidated girls teams and consolidated boys-coed teams at the tournament. Boys are not allowed on any girls rosters, varsity or consolidated.

While athletes are allowed to play both consolidated and varsity games, coaches are strongly encouraged to utilize varsity non-starters only when necessary.

Forms and Documents

West Regional Roster Template 2019: MS Word version | Google Docs version. (Required from all participating teams)

TSC West Regionals Athlete Waiver (PDF. Required from all participating athletes)

2019 West Region Championships Info/Invite (pdf version of the information posted above)

LASA, Cedar Ridge, San Antonio Impress at Spring Opener

The girls of Cedar Ridge and LASA came away with two wins each at Saturday’s Longhorn Spring kickoff. The Jaguars take top position on the varsity tables having already pocketed three victories in the young season.

San Antonio Consolidated boys also showed their class on Saturday winning two over the Midway and Cedar Ridge varsity squads. LASA started their varsity season strongly falling to San Antonio in an entertaining and physical matchup, and winning over last season’s regional champions, Anderson, 13-6. They top the varsity tables after winning twice this season.

Find all the scores from Saturday’s opening weekend action here.

Next up for the region on March 2 is the first tournament ever at Harlingen, and for some teams the Texas Cup in Dallas.

Longhorn Spring Kickoff

The schedule is complete for the first tournament of the West Region season. Plus, there will be a free clinic prior to the high school competition. Scroll past the schedule/results for details of both the tournament and the clinics.


Tournament Information

Admissions:  Updated – no admission charges. We will be charging $5 for spectators 13 and older (12 and under free), all spectators will use the 3rd floor entrance.  Athletes and coaches only will be allowed in through the bottom floor entrance.

Caps: Home team will wear white caps and start to the left of the scoring table.

Parking: https://parking.utexas.edu/maps/visitors

The Trinity Parking Garage is the closest to the Texas Swim Center, there are also metered spots along Red River Street.

Spring Kickoff Event for Parents, Athletes, Referees

Longhorn Aquatics will host an information session and clinic for new or prospective athletes as well as some afternoon games for high school athletes. This will be a free event hosted by Longhorn along with USA Water Polo. Several key issues will be covered between 9 AM and 1 PM.

  • 9:00 AM: USA Water Polo Town Hall Meeting. This will basically be covering the state of USAWP/Southwest Zone, UIL Status, Texas Development/Sports Growth, New USAWP Rules/Implementation, How can parents/volunteers help grow the sport, Q&A Session, etc. This would be for the current parents of USAWP athletes.
  • 10:30 AM: Parent/Athlete Education. This will basically be a history of the sport, basic offense/defense, basic rules clinic (including advantage rule), etc. This would be for all parents, athletes both club and high school.
  • 11:30 AM: College Meeting. This would be essentially a group College Meeting going over the ins/outs/options of playing water polo in college. This would be for anyone interested in attending (athletes, parents, coaches, etc.).
  • 12:30 PM: New Athlete Clinic. This would be for new athletes and would be 30 minutes in the classroom going over the new rules and then 30 minutes on deck during the first game explaining what is happening.

Registration Info [Closed]

Dates: Saturday, February 23rd . Games will start at 1pm and run until 7pm.

Location: Texas Swim Center,1900 Red River Street 78712

Two indoor 25-yard course with floating goals. Warm up lanes will be provided

Divisions: High school boys (includes co-ed teams); high school girls.

Entry fee: $150 per team, not per school. A school entering one boys’ and one girls’ team will be charged $300. Teams are guaranteed at least two games. A third game may be available at an additional cost. An online payment method is forthcoming. Checks can also be made out to “University of Texas”

Intent and Schedule: Please email your intent to play ASAP or at the latest by Friday, February 15 to [email protected]  A schedule will be published on the TISCA West Region website and emailed to all teams by Monday, February 18th.

Rosters: Coaches are required to submit rosters with assigned cap numbers via online form once they have indicated their intent to play in the tournament. A link to the form will be emailed to the coach.

Game Day Info: Games are five minute quarters, two timeouts. The team listed first on the schedule wears white caps. There will be balls available for warmup. Extra caps may be available. The color of swim caps must match, within reason, the color of the water polo cap per NFHS rules. Games ending in a tie will be recorded as such. No overtime or penalty shootouts.

Tournament Contact: Tom Andrew [email protected] 210-394-2613