In advance of the high school water polo season, many players sharpened their skill by participating in a star-studded clinic/combine hosted by three Olympians last weekend at Hoffman Estates High School.
U.S. men's standout Tony Azevedo, the most decorated player in national team history, headlined the event along with women's team star Kami Craig, a three-time Olympian and two-time gold medal winner.
Mize Zellmer, a two-time Olympian for Germany, provided specific oversight on goalie play.
The event was organized by first-year Hersey High School boys coach Marc Popovici, Hersey girls coach Megan Brownley, Hoffman Estates girls coach Chris Fetterman and Conant boys coach Tim Daniel. Those coaches and others helped run the clinic, which had a total athlete turnout of 86 -- including four girls who drove from Michigan to participate.
The high school water polo season started on Monday, Feb. 26, and teams wrapped up their first week of practice on Saturday. The first games will be contested on Monday, March 5.