Niles West boys water polo coach John Przekota said his program is building right on schedule as it enters Year Three. Przekota started the program in 2010, running it as a club team. Last spring, the Wolves took the jump up to varsity, going 9-20 and finishing eighth in the then-nine-team CSL.
With the return of five starters, including senior standout Charlie Dowdle, the Ramblers are looking to be one of the best in the state again. Loyola, ranked No. 5 in the Illpolo.com preseason poll, will get a tough test Monday when it travels to play eight-time defending state champion and top-ranked Fenwick in Oak Park.
Fenwick silenced their doubters last season to reclaim the girls' state title with wins over H-F, Mother McAuley, and Stevenson in May. Will the Friars continue to excel in 2012 as they look to defend their title against a plethora of title contenders?
New Trier, ranked 11th in the preseason poll by Illpolo.com., will hit the pool with sophomore Hannah Caywood minding the net. Caywood is one of five varsity veterans back in the pool for the Trevians, who finished 20-11 last season and lost to Loyola in a sectional final.
It won’t take long for Loyola girls water polo coach Rich Schici to find out where his team stands in the state. That’s because Loyola was scheduled to start the 2012 season against Fenwick on Monday. The Friars — the preseason No. 1 team at Illpolo.com — are the defending state champions, and winners of three of the last four titles.
Glenbrook South returns four players with significant varsity experience from last season, and the Titans will need all of them more than ever.
Evanston girls water polo coach Claire Howie isn’t making any promises regarding this year’s team. After all, the Wildkits lost Ellis O’Connor, one of the state’s best players, and have only two seniors on the roster.