Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Good Luck South Florida Water Polo Club at JO's

                            The Boys from the South 
                               are ready to get down

                                           First game vs. Set A
                                                11:20 am PST
                                       Ocean View High School

        Good luck to all other south Florida participants!! (we would have            mentioned you personally but no one involved with your team provided      rosters)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

USA men suffer crucial loss in FINA water polo

The USA Men's National Team lost more than just a water polo match on Tuesday in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. The Americans also lost an automatic berth into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

A 9-8 loss to defending Olympic gold-medalist Hungary dropped the Americans into the 5th through 8th-place bracket and means Team USA will look to the Pan American Games this October as its next opportunity to qualify for London.

"We always want to go out there and win," said Tony Azevedo, the veteran USA team captain from Stanford. "We want to be the first American team to win a (World Championship) medal, we want to qualify, but it didn't happen that way.

"For us, the big picture is London. It's been that way since Beijing. For other teams, Europeans, they have all these things. For us right now, our focus is qualifying for London. We are going to do these next two games to prepare for the Pan American Games and after that we'll be getting prepared for the Olympic Games. That's our focus."

Stanford grad Peter Varellas and Ryan Bailey each tallied three goals to lead the U.S. against Hungary while goalie Merrill Moses turned in a strong effort by turning aside 12 shots. Team USA next will play on Thursday in a rematch with Germany from group play. The United States opened the tournament losing to Germany, 9-7.

Team USA came out on fire in the first half as it got a goal less than a minute into the match when Bailey delivered a backhand to take a 1-0 lead. That was followed at about the five minute mark when Tim Hutten drew a five-meter penalty and Bailey converted for a goal and a 2-0 lead. Hungary broke through on the next possession with a power play score to get within 2-1 but the United States answered moments later as Azevedo went bar down to beat the goalie for a 3-1 lead.

Varellas got his first goal of the day with a shot from outside that touched off the crossbar and went in to put the U.S. up by 5-2. After Hungary had taken a 6-5 lead in the third period, Varellas faked out the goalie on a lob shot that dropped into the net for a 6-6 game.

Hungary scored with 1:34 remaining to go in the match for a 9-7 lead, but the United States would not back down. Varellas scored his third goal on a power play with 1:13 left and it was 9-8. After the USA defense held off Hungary, the Americans' last possession resulted in a turnover.

"Bottom line, when it came down to it, we missed three or four wide open 6-on-5 opportunities and we gave up some that probably shouldn't have been goals for them," Azevedo said. "You're really not going to beat a team like Hungary when you do that stuff."

Don't Worry, Be Happy / SoFlo Water Polo

                                         Aloha From Maui

South Broward High star Kalai Robledo after a world-wide tournament tour with the Puerto Rican National Team is vacationing in Hawaiian Islands. While relaxing on Maui, Robledo plans to drink plenty of virgin Pina Coladas and surf the big breaks at Honolua Bay, Maalea and Jaws while preparing for the Junior Pan-American Games in early August. 

SFWPC 16 & U's at JO's


                        Tour de Coronado

                                                     (click to enlarge)

Living Large in Orange County

Monday, July 25, 2011

USA Men Roll Canada 17-4; Advance To Meet Hungary In Quarterfinals

7/24/2011 12:00:00 AM

Shanghai, China - July 24 - The USA Men's National Team made it back to back victories and earned a trip into the quarterfinals with a dominant 17-4 victory over Canada. Team USA now moves on to face Hungary on Tuesday at 2pm local time/11pm pst (Monday), in a rematch of the Gold Medal final from the 2008 Olympic Games. Four different players tallied three goals on the day including Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC), Jeff Powers (San Luis Obispo, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF), Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF),and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF). Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) and Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/LMU/NYAC) combined in the cage to stop 12 shots.

The United States started off with a misfire failing to convert a penalty shot attempt less than a minute into the match but quickly made amends when Hutten scored his first of the night from the right side for a 1-0 lead. Not long after the ball went inside to Powers who delivered a turnaround fadeaway shot to beat the keeper and post a 2-0 lead. On the next trip down the pool Canada drew a five meter penalty only to miss off the post but they would likewise atone for the error with a power play goal minutes later to draw within 2-1. Barely twenty seconds had elapsed before the United States struck again when Smith scored on a power play for a 3-1 lead. That was followed at the 2:11 mark with Shea Buckner (Villa Park, CA/USC/NYAC) nicely feeding Bailey in front of the cage for an easy tally and a 4-1 lead. Canada got one back on another power play but that was answered with just :16 remaining in the period as Peter Hudnut (Encino, CA/Stanford/NYAC) drew a five meter and Brian Alexander (Santa Ana, CA/UCSB/Olympic Club) buried the shot for a 5-2 advantage after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter the United States blew the game open with a cavalcade of goals. Early in the period Adam Wright (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/NYAC) found his way to the cage and jammed one past the keeper for a 6-2 lead. Then Bailey got free again on the inside for a score followed by Hudnut banging one in off the post on a cross cage delivery and Team USA was in command up 8-2. Canada then missed another penalty shot off the post and the United States took advantage on the next possession as with the shot clock set to expire Smith threw a rope from beyond six meters that found the net and extended the lead to 9-1. At the 2:17 mark Hutten fired in another score, this time on a power play and then Bailey closed the period with a powerful effort meeting a lob pass towards the cage at the same time as the goalie only to bat it past the keeper for a score and an 11-2 lead at halftime.

Defense proved a strong point throughout as evidenced by the USA killing off a six on four advantage for the Canadians to open the third quarter. Canada did break through with a power play goal moments later but that was answered by another Smith shot from distance and kept the USA in front 12-3. Canada got another score back at the 4:30 mark to come within 12-4 but the United States would button up the defense the rest of the way. In the meantime the goals kept coming for the red, white, and blue. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) took a great lead pass from Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) for a score, Powers got loose immediately following a Canadian exclusion and put home the chip shot, and then Hutten buried a shot from outside and by the end of the quarter Team USA was up 15-4.

Things slowed down in the fouth quarter. It was't until the 3:24 mark that a goal was scored coming from Varellas as he drove to the cage. Then a minute later Varellas hit Powers with a good look for the score and the United States went up 17-4 which is how the match would end. Team USA went 4/6 on power plays and 1/2 on penalties while Canada was 3/9 on power plays and 0/2 on penalties. Moses tallied eight saves while Stevens added four working the fourth quarter.

Scoring - Scoresheet

USA 17 (5, 6, 4, 2) J. Powers 3, J. Smith 3, R. Bailey 3, T. Hutten 3, P. Varellas 1, P. Hudnut 1. T. Azevedo 1, A. Wright, B. Alexander 1
CAN 4 (2, 0, 2, 0)

Saves - USA - M. Moses 8, A. Stevens 4
6x5 - USA 4/6 - CAN 3/9
Penalties - USA 1/2 - CAN 0/2

"The coaches got us very focused for this game. We wanted to make a statement in this game. It's against Canada and we know no matter what we're going to be playing Canada in the Pan American Games and we wanted to let them know that we are a team to be taken seriously. We haven't been gelling and having the chemistry we wanted in the tournament and it feels like we are gettnig it back. Now it's up to one game at a time and a rematch of the Gold Medal Game (from Beijing)." Merrill Moses - USA Goalkeeper

"You never know what's going to happen, you have to take every game indivdually. We just had to stick to our game plan. We weren't sticking to our game plan and playing as a team and we brought that back together and now we have a big game against Hungary to get to the final four." Merrill Moses - USA Goalkeeper

"I think they (the team) started to get excited about playing. They came to play with a little sense of urgency, which is what we've been lacking, we've been a little bit complacent. I think they are taking pride in how they play defense and hopefully that will carry over to the next few games." Terry Schroeder, USA Head Coach

"We have to force them to score six on six, we can't give them a lot of unecessary 6 on 5s. We've gotta keep that goal count low, against these guys if we can go end to end and keep them from making any runs we got a chance to stay in it but we have to play a controlled game. It can't be a high scoring game, they'll beat us in a shootout. We can beat them in a 7-6 game for sure, I feel confident we can, that's the type of game we have to play." Terry Schroeder, USA Head Coach on preparing for Hungary 

UPDATE: U.S. Men lose to Hungary 9-8

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hartwick Women Shine

Seven Hartwick College Hawks Continue CWPA Presence on Day 4 of FINA Women's World Championship

SHANGHAI, China --
Kirsten Hudson (New Zealand), Bronwen Knox (Australia), Sophie Smith (Australia), Barbara Amaro (Brazil), Marina Zablith (Brazil), Jemma Dendy-Young (South Africa) and Ryan Castle (Kazakhstan), who all have connections to Hartwick College, continued the Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) showing on Day 4 of the FINA Women's World Championship in Shanghai, China.

Three CWPA former/current student-athletes were on the two benches in a 10-9 victory by Brazil over the Republic of South Africa as former players Amaro and Zablith competed for Brazil, while current Hawks' student-athlete Dendy-Young was part of the South Africa contingent.

For Brazil, the victory sets up a meeting with anothter CWPA connection as Castle, an assistant coach at Hartwick and the head coach of the Kazakhstan National Team, guided his squad to a 14-13 victory over Uzbekistan.

Kazakhstan and Brazil will clash on Monday, while South Africa will meet Uzbekistan in the next round of competition.

In other action, former Hartwick player Hudson did not score in a 14-6 loss by New Zealand to the Netherlands, and Knox and Smith factored in a 10-9 victory by Australia against Hungary.

Australia advances to Monday's quarterfinals and a meeting with Italy, the silver medallist at last month’s FINA World League Super Final, while New Zealand will continue play versus Cuba.

One CWPA connection did not compete as former University of Michigan standout and CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong and the United States of America National Team were off after earning a bye for winning their bracket.  The USA squad will face Russia on Monday in the quarterfinals.

Out of the water, CWPA referee and Mark Koganov (Azerbaijan), who is representing his native Republic of Azerbaijan as a neutral referee for the tournament, did not call a game in the most recent round of competition.  He is expected to receive an assignment for Monday's slate of games.

***Former First Team All-Broward County, Broward County Player of the Year & Aquinas standout Martina Shorkey is currently a junior at Hartwick.

Bloese, Cavanaugh selected as All-Americans / SoFlo Water Polo

               Broward Coaches Chosen 
                For First Team

Chris Bloese the head coach of South Broward High's water polo team and Debbie Cavanaugh head coach at Ft. Lauderdale High have been announced as 2011 Masters First Team All-Americans. Their team the Fighting Flamingos won the 50+ Womens National Championship last month in Northern California. The All-Americans play club water polo locally with the South Florida Water Polo Club.

To access results of the tournament click here.


Name                  Team                     Placement

Christa Edwards   Old Mission Beach Blue (OMBAC) 1st
Michelle Perkins   Old Mission Beach Blue (OMBAC) 1st
Maggie Hannon   Old Mission Beach Blue (OMBAC) 1st
Kiera Kenney   Old Mission Beach Blue (OMBAC) 1st
Kelly Falcone   Old Mission Beach Blue (OMBAC) 1st
Lenelle Wylie   Old Mission Beach Blue (OMBAC) 1st
Kristin Stragier (goalie)   Los Al 4th
Chrsitine Meier   Los Al 4th


Jackie Frank   Kahuna 2nd
Kim Feig   Kahuna 2nd
Alisa Revi   Kahuna 2nd
Melissa Fernandez   Kahuna 2nd
Jenny Irwin   Grayhairs 3rd
Collette Franz   Grayhairs 3rd
Blake Simpson   Grayhairs 3rd


Leigh McGuire   Grayhairs 1st
MaryBeth Kolding   Grayhairs 1st
Lynn Wittstock   Grayhairs 1st
Jocelyn Wilkie - Sanford   Grayhairs 1st
Jenny Brookes   Grayhairs 1st
Maggi Kelly   Grayhairs 1st
Jaime Dailey Hanan   Sunset 2nd
Carin Crawford   Sunset 2nd
Jane Hansen   Sunset 2nd
Kristen Ruby   Sunset 2nd
Maureen O'Toole-Purcell   Soda Moms 3rd
Donna Elliott   Soda Moms 3rd
Meg Reid   Soda Moms 3rd
Maureen Rollans   Calgary 4th
Andrea Gerencser   Calgary 4th


Debbie Cavanaugh   Fighting Flamingos 1st
Dion Gray Fighting   Flamingos 1st
Lisa Dahl   Fighting Flamingos 1st
Chris Bloese   Fighting Flamingos 1st
Cindra Mirales   Fighting Flamingos 1st
Ilene Tucker   Fighting Flamingos 1st
Megan O'Brien   Calgary 2nd
Lucia Davidson   Calgary 2nd
Jane Labodi   Calgary 2nd
Saskia van Toledo   Calgary 2nd
Diane Whitty   Menlo Mavens 4th
Katherine Basile   Menlo Mavens 4th


Ann Bundy   Soda Moms 1st
Carole Kay Lynn   Soda Moms 1st
Connie Miller   Soda Moms 1st
Jane Allen   Soda Moms 1st
Jennie White   Soda Moms 1st
Jeri Moore   Soda Moms 1st
Patty Trenkwalder    Soda Moms 1st
Barbara Jones   Menlo Mavens 2nd
Megan Ancker   Menlo Mavens 2nd
Leslie Platshon   Menlo Mavens 2nd
Rebecca Pinto   Menlo Mavens 2nd
Martha Seaver   Menlo Mavens 2nd
Carol Erickson   Peninsula 3rd
Polly Wiard   Peninsula 3rd
Judy Martin   Peninsula 3rd


Sage Wright   Olympic Club 1st
Zachary White   Olympic Club 1st
Zachary Monsees   Olympic Club 1st
Thomas Pearson   Olympic Club 1st
John Nash   Olympic Club 1st
Brian Dudley   Olympic Club 1st
Justin Koeppen   Los Al 3rd
Casey Regehr (goalie)   Los Al 3rd
Jeff Greenwood   Los Al 3rd
Brian Whitlock   BAM 4th
Nick Sgarlota   BAM 4th


Spencer Dornin   Olympic Club 1st
Nick Ellis   Olympic Club 1st
Sean Nolan   Olympic Club 1st
Peter Conte   Olympic Club 1st
Greg Panawek   Olympic Club 1st
Ross Mecham   Olympic Club 1st
Jeff Guyman   BAM 2nd
Keith Wilbur   BAM 2nd
James Hassett   BAM 2nd
Steve Hason   BAM 2nd
Todd Clapper   Foothill 4th
Ofer Horn   Foothill 4th


Mike Rall   Sunset 1st
GregOlson  Sunset 1st
Greg Hakim   Sunset 1st
Peter McConville   Sunset 1st
Peter Zamoyski   Sunset 1st
Jason "Turtle" Brown   Sunset 1st
Jeff Lewis   BAM 3rd
Albert Nardelli   BAM 3rd
Steve Avilla   BAM 3rd
Steve Gill   Clayton 4th
Lance Clark   Clayton 4th


Michael Ennis  MVP   Olympic Club 1st
Bill Schoening   Olympic Club 1st
Dean Quintal   Olympic Club 1st
Andre Weiglein   Olympic Club 1st
Marv Mouchawar   Olympic Club 1st
Peter Galli   Olympic Club 1st
Jim Bates   KAOS 2nd
Kris Raney   KAOS 2nd
Steve Coupland   KAOS 2nd
Francisco Ruiz   KAOS 2nd
Dana Greisen   Sunset 4th
Randy Franke   Sunset 4th


Buc Yates  MVP   Santa Barbara 1st
CraigWilson   Santa Barbara 1st
Peter Neushul   Santa Barbara 1st
Mike Yates   Santa Barbara 1st
Jim Bailey   Santa Barbara 1st
Greg Boyer   Santa Barbara 1st
Russell Hafferkamp   Olympic Club 2nd
Kirk Jensen   Olympic Club 2nd
Douglas Norton   Olympic Club 2nd
Vincent Tonne   Olympic Club 2nd
Charlie Hamilton   Tri-Valley Hui'Nai'A 4th
Bob Jackson   Tri-Valley Hui'Nai'A 4th


George Gross, Jr.   KAOS 1st
Paul Pottier   KAOS 1st
Rod Hormell   KAOS 1st
Gary Trow   KAOS 1st
Matt Orland   KAOS 1st
Jeff Velasco   KAOS 1st
Eric Lindroth   Old Mission Bay/COB 2nd
Jim Yates   Old Mission Bay/COB 2nd
Brian Smith   Old Mission Bay/COB 2nd
Bill Nelson   Old Mission Bay/COB 2nd
Tom Schindler   Tri-Valley Hui'Halui 3rd
Tim Mulcahy   Tri-Valley Hui'Halui 3rd
Bill Yates   Tri-Valley Hui'Halui 3rd
Al Lavayen   Tri-Valley Hui'A'Uki 4th
Tim Broderick   Tri-Valley Hui'A'Uki 4th


Steve Hamann  MVP  Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Bruce Watson   Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Ed Samuals   Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Bill Gerdts   Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Laure Gross   Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Mike Hendrickson   Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Richard Esterkin   Tri-Valley Hui'Mahimahi 1st
Peter Salat   KAOS 2nd
Carl Strand   KAOS 2nd
Mick Barry   KAOS 2nd
Bill Drulias   KAOS 2nd
Bill Stage   KAOS 2nd
Bob Damski   Old Mission Bay 3rd
Mike Hoffman   Old Mission Bay 3rd
Paul Landes   Old Mission Bay 3rd 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2011 Junior Olympics - All Boys/Men's Divisions 10 & Under Mixed

2011 Junior Olympics - All Girls/Women's Divisions

Hungarian Adventures

          SFWPC's 2011 Hungarian Adventures 

    " Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. "

      ~ Michael Jordan

                                             (click on photos to enlarge)
Soccer at Lake Balaton
The largest lake in Central Europe
0 out for 10 for Eric
After last practice in Pecs


At Margaret Island National Training Center
Our Hungarian Ice Cream Tradition begins

Budapest Metro

(a city of strange currency & banks)
Chain Bridge, Budapest

"Ego Sum Via Veritas Et Vita"

 "I am the way, the truth, and the life." From John 14:6, which reads "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Friar Charles at Saint Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

Goulash bread bowl in Pecs
Feeding the disabled in Pecs
GQ bathing suit edition

Charles ???
Chase using someones head for a surfboard

Chase eats steak in Hungary while his Dad sits at home in Boca Raton sipping Matzah Ball soup from the Dollar Store after spending all his money sending his son around the globe.
The boys with Hungarian Supermodel known only as Evelyn

Dry-land training at FTC

First you drink, then you splash
FTC Stadium 

Eric in the middle of a rap-song

Heroes Plaza, Budapest

RJ sticking an ice cream cone in Coach Mike's ear in the Historical Center of Pecs
The Holocaust Memorial on the Danube River

Eating at an authentic Hungarian Restaurant

Goulash, The Real Deal

Coach Mike befriends a homeless kid who was living under the bridge
Ice cream in Pecs

Ice cream in Cegled
Monkey See Monkey Do
In front of the Synagogue

St. Stephen's

Rabbinical Students

Kossuth Gymnasis, Cegled

Air Logan

Surprise guest at McDonald's in Budapest, 2010 Broward County Player of the Year and Aquinas star Richard Kun

The Metro Playground

Tour Guide Extraordinaire: Michael Goldenberg
What Me Worry?

In front of Parliament on the Danube
On top of St. Stephen's


On steps of a 13th century fort, Pecs
TV tower in Pecs
The Elongated One: RJ 
Video soccer at Zsolt's
RJ in the goal
Soma's birthday
Cole stole RJ's ice cream while he was sleeping