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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.

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2020 AquaTex West Region High School Tournament

Schedule and Results

AquaTex Spring High School Water Polo Tournament

Round Rock (G) vs Cedar Ridge (G)
Cedar Park (B) vs LASA (B)
LASA (G) vs Cedar Ridge (G)
Round Rock (B) vs LASA (B)
Round Rock (G) vs LASA (G)
Cedar Ridge JV (G) vs Cedar Park (G)
Round Rock (B) vs Anderson (B)
Anderson (G) vs Westwood (G)
Westwood (B) vs Cedar Ridge JV (B)
Waco Midway (B) vs Anderson (B)
Austin (G) vs Waco Midway (G)
Waco Midway (B) vs Cedar Ridge (B)
Anderson (G) vs Austin (G)
Waco Midway JV (G) vs Vandegrift/Lake Travis (G)
Waco Midway (G) vs Westwood (G)
Cedar Ridge JV (G) vs Waco Midway JV (G)
Cedar Ridge (B) vs Vandegrift (B)
Austin (B) vs McCallum (B)
Cedar Park (G) vs Vandegrift/Lake Travis (G)
Vandegrift (B) vs Cedar Ridge JV (B)
Westwood (B) vs McCallum (B)
Austin (B) vs Cedar Park (B)


Spectator ENTRY FEE

Adult spectators will be charged $5.00 to enter the facility. Those 18 and under can enter for free.


March 6-7, 2020. The teams geographically closest to Round Rock, or those willing to travel, will be scheduled for games on Friday afternoon and evening. Friday games will begin around 5:00 PM. Saturday games will go from approximately 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM.


Micki Krebsbach Pool, 301 Deep Wood Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681. A single outdoor 25-yard course with floating goals. Four 20-yard lanes are adjacent to the course and available for warm up. There is ample free parking at the facility. Contact Coach James for parking instructions if your school plans to travel by bus.


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


$150 per squad. A school entering one boys’ and one girls’ team will be charged $300. Teams are guaranteed at least two games. Checks can be made out to “Round Rock Aquatics.” Make Venmo payments to @Mark-Parshall. For PayPal payments contact us for details.

Commitment and Schedule

Please share your intent to participate ASAP or at the latest by Friday, February 31 via this form. A schedule will be published on the AquaTex website and emailed to all teams by Monday, March 3.


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.

Concessions and Seating

Concessions will be available to spectators including plans for food trucks (TBD). There will be hospitality for coaches and officials. Bleacher space is limited. Feel free to bring your own chairs, umbrellas, pop-up tents, food, etc.

Tournament Rules and Info

Games are played under NFHS rules modified to allow five minute quarters, two timeouts per team per match. Matches ending in a tie will be recorded as such – no overtime or shootout. The team listed on the left of the schedule wears dark caps. There will be balls available for warm up. The color of swim caps must match, within reason, the color of the water polo cap.


James Smith, [email protected]; 650.759.0310.


2020 Longhorn Spring Invite

Longhorn Spring Invite at UT

Live Schedule and Results


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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
  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:

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

2019 West Region Championships



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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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 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.


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

TISCA West Regional Competition RUles

All rosters are limited to 14 athletes.


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)