Friday, November 30, 2012

Zone Winter League Games Tomorrow (Sat.)




@ St. Andrews

12:30 Girls North Palm vs. Scots 10th 
1:30 Girls North Palm v. Scots 12th



*** also the North Palm Beach WPC boys team have been invited to train & scrimmage with the Scots boys.





EIGHT UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY MEN'S WATER POLO STUDENT-ATHLETES RECEIVE SERVICE ASSIGNMENTS






BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Eight United States Naval Academy senior men's water polo players received their service assignments this week. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve a minimum of five years in the Navy or Marine Corps, while pilots serve eight years upon earning their wings.
Seven seniors will be commissioned Ensigns in the United States Navy, while one will be commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Anthony Gutierrez (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly)Marine Corps
Jackson Hummeldorf (Coronado, Calif./Coronado)Special Warfare
Cort Jones (Crofton, Md./South River)Naval Aviation
Paul Pedrotty (Coronado, Calif./Coronado)Naval Aviation
Erich Schwamb (Orange, Calif./El Modena)Naval Aviation
Tyler Thein (Timonium, Md./Loyola Blakefield)Surface Warfare
Jesse Walker (Sr., Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy)Naval Aviation
Archie Warren (Sr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College)Naval Flight Officer




Caitlin "Crash" Arrigo




SFWPC
St. Thomas
UF





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Cole Grady




"King Cole" Grady





NEVER GIVE UP

First it was official, then it wasn't & now it is.....





Boca High hires Kilgallon as girls coach.
(we think)


http://soflowaterpolo.blogspot.com/2012/11/lady-bobcats-land-kilgallon.html





Nice




Nike Open last summer in Oregon.





Cooper City's Shoemaker Honored






UCSB's Shoemaker Garners All-MPSF Honor


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Announced by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Tuesday, UC Santa Barbara senior, Brian Shoemaker has garnered All-MPSF Honorable Mention.  The accolade marks both Shoemaker's second consecutive and second career all-conference nod.   
Shoemaker scored a career-high 24 goals in the 2012 season, tying him for fourth on the squad.  Opening the season with a six-game scoring streak, the senior scored in 17 of the Gauchos' 28 contests and tallied five multiple-goal performances.  Shoemaker posted two goals across UCSB's eight conference matchups and contributed three additional goals at MPSF Championships. 
Starting all 28 contests for the Gauchos, he compiled 14 assists and 14 steals.  The senior garnered 32 earned penalties or ejections, good for second most on the team.  Shoemaker also remained at the top of the statistics, placing second with eight field blocks on the season.    
UCSB concluded the year ranked eighth nationally, with a 16-12 overall record to mark the Gauchos' second-consecutive winning season.   The team posted a 1-7 mark in MPSF play, and placed seventh in last weekend's conference tournament.






Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Serbs Helping St. Francis




The St. Francis College water polo team, going to the NCAA semifinals for their third time, share this house at 1328 Union st., in Crown Heights Brooklyn. left to right: Luka Vukomanovic, Vuk Vujosevic, Jacob Barashick, Cole Hamre, Tyler Perkins, Matthew Varela, IgorMladenovic, David Lomnberg, Liam Veazey, Aleksander Jakobljevic, with their Coach Igor Samardzija, far right



A small Brooklyn college’s international recruiting strategy is slowly turning its once-dormant water polo team into a powerhouse.

Coaches for the St. Francis College water polo team have been luring young talent from Serbia, Croatia and Hungary with scholarship money — and a spot in their Crown Heights clubhouse.

So far, the St. Francis squad has earned its second trip to the NCAA Final Four in three years. Starting Saturday they will battle such big time programs as Air Force and the University of Southern California for the national championship.

“From Serbia they come ready. They’re playing against older guys,” said the team’s Croatian-born coach Igor Samardzija.

“Freshmen coming from Serbia aren’t like freshmen coming from California,” he said. “They are much more mature players and that helps develop the other players on the team.”

Since taking over as coach three years ago, Samardzija — who grew up playing water polo in Serbia — has contacted scouts and coaches from his former homeland in search of leads on new swimmers.

Talented water polo players who won’t make it to the professional ranks have taken Samardzija’s offer to attend the Brooklyn Heights college on scholarship and room at the clubhouse on Union Street.

The coach devised the clubhouse plan to boost the recruiting appeal of St. Francis, which, he says, is already famous among college-age players overseas.

“Housing is the biggest obstacle when we recruit,” said Samardzija. “It’s much easier if we have a place we can hold over and just have people come in and out.”

The two-story brownstone — dubbed the “Serbian House” by the eight team members who live there — has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen. The fraternity-like space is often cluttered with empty bottles and clothes strewn about, with a giant Serbian flag hanging on the living room wall.

“It helps a lot,” said goalkeeper Igor Mladenovic, who came from Serbia three years ago. “If you come to a school and you know everything is set for you, it’s easier. You just come here and do your job. You study and you play.”

Teammate Marko Gencic, also from Serbia, said living at the house helped him assimilate to American culture.

“It’s so much easier to get over homesickness because we have each other,” said Gencic. “It’s so hard when you don’t have your fellow countrymen around you.”

Samardzija’s recruiting has been so successful that in September, he had to secure an apartment two doors down from Serbian House to house four freshmen players who came from Texas and Florida. Fittingly, team members call that apartment the “American House.”


mmorales@nydailynews.com


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/tiny-st-francis-college-stands-tall-water-polo-competition-article-1.1207799#ixzz2DSaTcfV9




Zone Winter League Records



12th-U Boys  (formerly 18U)
SoFla ( 3 - 0 - 1 ) = 11 points 
Whitecaps ( 1 - 1 - 0 ) = 4 points 2 Forfeits
Scots ( 2 - 1 - 1 ) = 9 points 

Gulliver ( 0 - 2 - 0 ) = 2 points 
Raiders ( 0 - 2 - 0 ) = 2 points 
Orlando United ( 2 - 1 - 0 ) = 7 points 
Plantation ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 
North Palm ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 

10th-U Boys  (formerly 16U) 
Gulliver (2-0) 6 pts ( 2 - 0 - 0 ) = 6 points 
Whitecaps (1-1) 4 pts ( 1 - 1 - 0 ) = 4 points 
SoFla (0-2) 2 pts ( 0 - 2 - 0 ) = 2 points 
Scots ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 

Girls 
Scots ( 1 - 3 - 0 ) = 6 points 
Gulliver ( 2 - 0 - 0 ) = 6 points 
Coral Springs ( 1 - 1 - 0 ) = 4 points 
Raiders ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 
Orlando United ( 1 - 2 - 0 ) = 5 points 
Scots 10th ( 0 - 2 - 0 ) = 2 points 
Gulliver 10th ( 3 - 0 - 0 ) = 9 points 

8th-U Coed  (formerly 14U) 
Miami Beach International ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 2 Forfeits
Scots ( 2 - 0 - 0 ) = 6 points 
Raiders ( 2 - 1 - 0 ) = 7 points 
Gulliver ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 
Hurricanes ( 0 - 3 - 0 ) = 3 points 
Gladiators ( 1 - 2 - 0 ) = 5 points 
South Florida ( 2 - 0 - 0 ) = 6 points 
North Palm ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 
Whitecaps ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 2 Forfeits

6th-U Coed 
Scots ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 
Miami Beach International ( 0 - 0 - 0 ) = 0 points 2 Forfeits
Hurricanes ( 1 - 0 - 1 ) = 5 points 
Gladiators ( 1 - 0 - 1 ) = 5 points





Hoegh, Serure, & Martin represent Florida at Michigan

Miami Beach International WPC at the Turkey Bowl