The Fenton Trophy is awarded annually to the team/club with the most cumulative points based on final standings in the four seasonal North Texas Water Polo Leagues. (For 2014: Fall 2013, Winter 2013-2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014). For each division of the various leagues, points are awarded based on finish to the top four teams: 5 points for first, 3 for second, 2 for third, and 1 for fourth (B Divisions and Open Divisions not included). The Fenton Trophy Series current standings can be viewed at http://thunderpolo.com/fenton-trophy-series-2014/ with Southlake-Grapevine currently placing first, Denton second, Flower Mound third, St Marks fourth, Rockwall fifth, and North Dallas in sixth place. The Fenton Trophy is named for George Fenton who is the current President of the Dallas Water Polo Club. George has been a member of the Dallas Water Polo Club for the past 20+ years and has been an integral part of the growth of water polo in North Texas at the youth levels beginning in Spring 2009.
North Texas Spring League – 2014- Championship Recap: On Sunday, April 27th at the Denton ISD Natatorium, the North Texas Spring League concluded with competitions in two divisions: 6th Grade U and 8th Grade U. The final League Game Day was the last of three Game Days this spring with the first one being Sunday, May 30th at St Marks and the second Game Day being Sunday, April 6th in Grapevine. Results from the first two League Game Days seeded the Championship Round for each division. In the 6th Grade & younger division, the Flower Mound team beat Denton 18-15 in the first place game with Southlake-Grapevine placing third. In the 8th Grade & Younger Division, Southlake-Grapevine beat St Marks in Sudden Victory 6-5 with Denton placing third and Flower Mound fourth. Again, congratulations to all the athletes/teams and the division champions. All North Texas Spring League – Final Results, pictures of the Division Champions and Award Winners (including all 6th Grade U teams) can be found at http://thunderpolo.com/north-texas-spring-league-2014/.
Congratulations to all the teams competing in the Texas High School State Water Polo Championship this weekend. The Southwest Zone is also hosting the Texas Age Group State Water Polo Championship on Sunday, May 4th for 8th/6th Grade & Younger athletes also at the UT Swim Center. Good luck to all teams this weekend.
Chris Ramsey-CEO of USA Water Polo, Claudia Dodson-USA Water Polo Director-Club & Member Programs, and Genai Kerr-former USA Water Polo Men’s Olympic/National Team player, will be at the tournaments all weekend with Q&A/Meet & Greet Sessions, and an 8th/6th Grade & Younger Clinic on Saturday from 2:30-4:00 pm.
Friday, May 2nd:
4:30-5:30 pm – USA Water Polo Q&A Session, Stands of UT Swim Center
5:30-6:30 pm – Meet & Greet, Second Floor of UT Swim Center
Saturday, May 3rd:
9:00-9:30 am – USA Water Polo Q&A Session, Stands of UT Swim Center
9:30-10:30 am – Meet & Greet, Second Floor of UT Swim Center
8th/6th Grade & Younger Clinic:
Cost: Athletes need to pay Admission to Texas HS State Champs
2:00-2:30 pm – Registration on 1st Floor of UT Swim Center
2:30-4:00 pm – Diving Well of UT Swim Center (No Parents on Deck!!!)
Sunday, May 4th:
10:00-11:00 am – USA Water Polo Q&A Session, Stands of Swim Center
11:00 am-12:00 pm – Meet & Greet, Second Floor of Swim Center
Chris Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo: Chris is responsible for carrying out the mission of USA Water Polo domestically and internationally. His work includes oversight of Olympic and national team programs, sport development, marketing and brand identity, international relations, along with finance and administration. His goals for the federation are sustained competitive excellence and national growth of the sport.
Claudia Dodson: Claudia joined USA Water Polo in January of 2011 as the Associate Director of Competition and became the Director of Club & Member Programs in late 2011. Claudia is no stranger to the game of water polo having played age group, high school, college and masters water polo. She also has served as a water polo referee, coach, parent, and club administrator.
Genai Kerr: Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and ambassador of the sport. As a member of the United States Men’s National Water Polo Team for 12 years, Genai played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships. Genai played college water polo at UC Irvine and was a NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999. Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship.
Sunday, May 4th at UT Swim Center – Austin, TX
Date: Sunday, May 4th. Games will begin no earlier than 8:00 am on Sunday, May 4th and end no later than
5:00 pm. On May 2-3, the Texas High School Water Polo State Championships will be competed at the same
location. Come up early and watch the games on Saturday and play on Sunday.
Location: UT Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas-Austin. There will be at least two all
deep 25 yard courses. For maps & directions, please go to http://www.tsc.utexas.edu/
Division & Teams: All divisions are Coed. Athletes must meet both the age and grade criteria to play in a
specific division. Athletes can play in both divisions.
6th Grade & Younger/12U: Viper Pigeons Blue, Viper Pigeons Orange, Central Texas, Longhorn, Thunder
8th Grade & Younger Coed/14U:
• A Bracket: Viper Pigeons Green, St Marks, Thunder Silver, Viper Pigeons Black
• B Bracket: Thunder Black, Longhorn, Viper Pigeons Red
Format: The 6th Grade & Younger Division will play a round robin between all teams with any ties in final
placements broken by USA Water Polo tiebreak rules. The 8th Grade & Younger Division will play within
brackets which will seed the Championship Round All games will use 5:00 quarters using USA Water
Polo playing rules and each team will have two timeouts per game. If a game is tied after four quarters
(including round robin games), the teams will play normal USAWP overtime rules (straight to shoot out). All
schedules & results will be posted at www.SouthwestWaterPolo.org.
Awards: Championship Banners will be given to the 1st & 2nd place teams in each division.
Texas Age Group State Water Polo Championship Schedule-2014
NOTE: Team listed first wears white caps. White team starts to the left of the table.
Pool #1: North Pool (Right)
7:15 Pool Opens for warm up
8:00 Longhorn v. Viper Pigeons Red (8th Grade)
8:45 St Marks v. Viper Pigeons Black (8th Grade)
9:30 Longhorn v. Thunder (6th Grade)
10:15 Thunder Black v. Win 8:00 P#1 (8th Grade)
11:00 Win 8:45 P#1 v. Win 8:45 P#2 (8th Grade)
11:45 Viper Pigeons Orange v. Thunder (6th Grade)
12:30 Los 8:00 P#1 v. Los 8:45 P#2 (8th Grade,5th-7th RR)
1:15 Central Texas v. Thunder (6th Grade)
2:00 1st A v. 2nd B (8th Grade- Semi #1)
2:45 Los 8:45 P#1 v. Los 8:45 P#2 (8th Grade, 5th-7th RR)
3:30 Viper Pigeons Blue v. Thunder (6th Grade)
4:15 Win 2:00 P#1 v. Win 2:00 P#2 (8th Grade-1st/2nd)
Pool #2: South Pool (Left)
7:15 Pool Opens for warm up
8:00 No Game. Pool open for warmup.
8:45 Viper Pigeons Green v. Thunder Silver (8th Grade)
9:30 Viper Pigeons Orange v. Central Texas (6th Grade)
10:15 Viper Pigeons Blue v. Central Texas (6th Grade)
11:00 Los 8:00 P#1 v. Loser 8:45 P#1 (8th Grade, 5th-7th RR)
11:45 Viper Pigeons Blue v. Longhorn (6th Grade)
12:30 No Game
1:15 Viper Pigeons Orange v. Longhorn (6th Grade)
2:00 1st B v. 2nd A (8th Grade-Semi #2)
2:45 No Game
3:30 Central Texas v. Longhorn (6th Grade)
4:15 Loser 2:00 P#1 v. Loser 2:00 P#2 (8th Grade-3rd/4th)
Tournament Committee: John Rightmyer (Head Referee), Rudy Thomas (Viper Pigeons), Tom Andrews
(Longhorn), Mihai Oprea (St Marks), and Joe Linehan (Tournament Director). Protests are due 15 minutes after
the game in question to the Head Referee with a $50 protest fee (if protest is upheld, the $50 fee will be
refunded). All disputes, suspensions, etc. will be handled by the tournament committee.
State Qualifiers from this past weekend’s regional tournaments. Top four from each region qualify for the TISCA Texas High School Water Polo State Championships on May 2-3 at the UT Swim Center in Austin, TX.
1. St. Marks
3. Southlake Carroll
4. Denton Ryan
Co-MVP – Thomas Hyvarinen, Denton and Tim Simenc, St. Marks
Coach of Year – Mihai Oprea, St. Marks
1. Southlake Carroll
3. Flower Mound
MVP – Raena Eldridge, Southlake Carroll
Coach of Year – Joey Yglesias, Southlake Carroll
1. Clear Creek
2. Clear Lake
4. Clear Springs
MVP – Jarred Castillo, Clear Creek
Co-Coach of Year – Jeff Otten, Friendswood and Anne Woolweaver, Clear Creek
1. Baytown Sterling
2. Clear Creek
3. Clear Springs
4. Clear Lake
Co-MVP – Callie Woodruff, Baytown Sterling and Nicole Herrick, Clear Creek
Coach of Year – Allie Hill, Baytown Sterling
1. The Woodlands
2. Jersey Village
3. Cypress Creek
4. Strake Jesuit
MVP – Cole Pollina, The Woodlands
Co-Coach of Year – Stuart Webb, Jersey Village and Jeff Chandler, Cypress Creek
1. Cypress Creek
2. St. Agnes Academy
3. Jersey Village
MVP – Annie Eubanks, Cypress Creek
Coach of Year – Kaitlin Kelly, St. Agnes
1. Waco Midway
2. Alamo Heights
3. Round Rock
MVP – Philip Bearid, Waco Midway
Coach of Year – Dan Marlin, Waco Midway
1. Round Rock
3. Cedar Ridge
MVP – Caroline Wallace, Round Rock
Coach of Year – Tom Arrendondo, Round Rock
Longhorn Spring Invite Results. Bold games are 12&Under, others 14&Under.
Longhorn V San Antonio 5-0 (8-9)
Longhorn White V Viper Pigeon Green 0-5 (14-13)
Centex V Viper Pigeon Red 3-20
Longhorn Orange V Viper Pigeon Black 0-5 (2-14)
Longhorn V Austin 5-0 (16-2)
Longhorn Gold V Viper Pigeon Green 0-5 (10-12)
Centex V San Antonio 5-0 (4-11)
Longhorn White V Viper Pigeon Black 0-5 (9-12)
Longhorn V Viper Pigeon Red 4-10
Longhorn V Austin 5-0 (9-11)
Longhorn White V Viper Pigeon Green 0-5 (8-10)
Centex V San Antonio 5-0 (4-16)
Longhorn Gold V Viper Pigeon Black 0-5 (12-10)
Viper Pigeon Red V San Antonio 5-0 (14-5)
Longhorn Orange V Viper Pigeon Green 0-5 (9-9)
Austin V Viper Pigeon Red 0-5 (8-16)
Longhorn White V Viper Pigeon Black 0-5 (9-8)
Longhorn V Centex 11-5
Entries are now open for the 2014 Southwest Zone Junior Olympics Qualifier and National Junior Olympics Championships.
Please note that we have created a new registration process for your convenience.
The New Junior Olympic and Junior Olympic Qualifier Registration allows you to register ALL teams prior to making a payment. For your registration to be active 50% payment required for Junior Olympics.
ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER FOR THE JO QUALIFIER EVENT AND THE NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS – EVEN IF YOUR ZONE DOES NOT TYPICALLY REQUIRE A QUALIFIER.
Register online: here
Southwest Zone Qualifier Tournament Info:
Tournament Dates – June 7 – 8, 2014
Qualifier/NJO Entry Deadline – Friday, May 23 at 9:00 pm (PT)
(Neither registration is considered active until 50% of NJO payment has been received.)
Qualifier Roster Deadline – Friday, May 23 at 9:00 pm (PT)
Qualifier Roster Lockdown Deadline – Friday, May 30 at 9:00 pm (PT) *
*Any changes made to a roster between April 18 and April 25 will incur a $100 late roster charge.
The Dallas WPC won the Open Division and the North Texas Thunder WPC won both the 8th Grade and 6th Grade Divisons at the Charles Dutton Memorial Tournament this weekend. More detailed results to be posted soon. The Connor Cup Series standings have been updated to reflect this event; see link in menu section of this site for current standings.
The Olympic Club defeated TMWPC to win the SpinLob Classic at the UT Swim Center in Austin on Feb. 8-9. Game scores to be added at this site soon.
1st – Olympic Club (won final 15-10)
2nd – TMWPC
3rd – Arizona State University (won 3rd place 12-9)
4th – Rain City
5th – Darkside of Clayton (won 5th place 13-12)
6th – University of San Francisco
7th – TOTEX (won 7th place 13-8)
8th – HOPS
9th (tie) – St. Louis, Dynamo, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Texas
13th (tie) – Austin, San Antonio
The Southwest Zone Policies & Procedures document will dictate how the Southwest Zone will conduct business. Changes, updates, etc. can be made to the document on Zone Board conference calls and/or the annual Southwest Zone meeting. Below is the current Southwest Zone Board. We would like to welcome Vern Heimbigner as the newest addition to the Southwest Zone Board, being recently named to the position of Southwest Zone Head Referee. The next slate of elections will occur in the 4th Quarter of 2014. Details can be found in the document found under the Governance link on this page..
2014 Southwest Zone Board:
Zone Chair: Joe Linehan
Secretary: Robert Albach
Treasurer: Jim Linehan
Zone Referee: Vern Heimbigner
At Large Member: JT Wall
At Large Member: Scott Slay