Beginning tomorrow some of the best high school teams in the US will be competing for huge regional championships on opposite coasts.
714 Water Polo Club in Villa Park, CA hosts the gigantic 2013 California High School State Championships, the closest approximation to an actual sanctioned state interscholastic championship event in California. Nearly 1000 teams play high school water polo in the state of California. But with the girls’ seasons split between the fall and winter, the CIF cannot host a state tournament. And if the girls can’t have one neither can the boys.
In its place is this championship, where each club is asked to honor the spirit of the competition by submitting rosters only of athletes who will be eligible for the upcoming prep season, according to tournament organizer John Kulisich. A team that is found to have skirted the spirit of the competition won’t be asked back, punishment that has only been meted out once according to Kulisich.
Meanwhile, 2600 miles to the east, American Water Polo’s National State Challenge tournament features many of the best clubs from the Eastern US, including several that draw largely from well-known high school rosters. In addition, fans will be able to watch matches streamed live via AWP’s portal. Among the high schools represented: Chicago’s Mundelein and Fenwick; Cumberland Valley, North Penn, and North Allegheny of Pennsylvania; and Greenwich of Connecticut.