Bribery scandal exposes sports side door to admissions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest scandal to taint college athletics hit sports far from the spotlight and exposed a seamy side door into some of the nation's elite universities: coaches taking...
3 Croats face hate crime charges in attack on Serbian team
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Three people detained in Croatia over an attack on Serbian water polo team players at a seaside cafe face hate crime charges, police said Monday.
3 arrested in Croatia after Serbian water polo team attack
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police on Sunday detained three suspects over an attack on Serbian water polo team players that forced one to jump into the freezing sea to get away.
The incident in the Croatian Adriatic port of Split, which occurred on Saturday before a regional league match between Mornar Split and Red Star Belgrade, further strained relations between Serbia and Croatia. The Serbian team returned to Belgrade without playing the match.
Olympic water polo champion Antal Bolvari dies at 86
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Antal Bolvari, a two-time Olympic water polo champion who scored a goal in Hungary's famous 4-0 win over the Soviet Union in the "Blood in the Water" match at the 1956 Melbourne Games, has died. He was 86.
Bolvari, who won gold at both the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, died Tuesday in the hospital after a long, undisclosed illness, his family said.
Video review, goal-line decisions approved for water polo
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Video review and goal-line technology are coming to water polo to help the oldest Olympic team sport keep pace.
FINA, the governing body of aquatics, says video monitoring can "identify and sanction incidents of brutality or extreme violence" that were missed by game officials or "not appropriately punished."
The system can also be used to decide when the ball crosses the goal line.
US appeals court reinstates water polo concussion lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court in California has revived a lawsuit accusing the governing body for water polo in the U.S. of ignoring repeated requests to implement a concussion policy for young athletes.
Getting goals from nine different players, the Greenwich High School girls water polo team, upended host Hopkins School, 20-8, on Thursday.
Sophomore Kaila Carroll recorded seven goals and three assists, while Annie Robinson registered four goals and four assists to power the Cardinals.
Water polo: Greenwich Academy 12, Sacred Heart 6 Gators nearing top form
GREENWICH — For the Greenwich Academy water polo team, the focus at this point of the season is getting its play in top form for the NEPSAC Championships.
For Sacred Heart Greenwich, it’s all about improvement.
Wednesday, the Gators and Tigers tested their water polo skills against each other for the first time and both teams left the match at the Greenwich YMCA encouraged.
With the season at its halfway point, the Greenwich Academy water polo team is beginning to round into the form that would enable it to contend for another New England championship.
Shutting out Hopkins School in the second half, while receiving a balanced scoring effort, Greenwich Academy posted a decisive 14-2 win over the Hilltoppers at Brunswick School on Wednesday.
The Greenwich High School girls water polo team posted a pair of solid victories at the Choate Invitational on Saturday, topping Loomis Chaffee School and Greenwich Academy.
The Cardinals rolled to a resounding 21-2 win over Loomis Chaffee and defeated Greenwich Academy, 21-16.
Against Loomis, Charlotte Hallissey scored five goals, as did Annie Robinson. Kellen Carlson tallied three times and Jenna Handali had two goals. Kaila Carroll also scored twice for the Cardinals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A coach who ran a club affiliated with USA Water Polo has been charged with the sexual abuse of seven underage female players during one-on-one coaching sessions, prosecutors said Wednesday, the latest instance of mentors of young athletes being accused of misconduct.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on molestation charges against a California water polo coach (all times local):
The governing body for water polo in the United States says a Southern California coach charged with molesting his players has been suspended.
Bahram Hojreh pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple charges including sexual battery. He's accused of assaulting seven juvenile girls during one-on-one coaching sessions dating back to 2014.
Last season’s water polo matchup between Greenwich High School and Greenwich Academy was a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair that saw the Gators pull out a tight victory.
Tuesday, the Cardinals and Gators renewed their budding rivalry and once again, there was no shortage of offense.
Both squads displayed crisp ball movement while converting a high percentage of their shots, but this time, the Cardinals had the final say.
The Greenwich Academy water polo team started its season in impressive fashion, upending Phillips Andover Academy and Williston Northampton on Saturday.
The Gators (2-0) posted a 13-5 win over Andover and topped Williston Northampton, 13-4.
Borden Wahl scored a game-high six goals to pace the Gators against Andover. Kayla Yelensky added five goals, while Sydney Heath scored twice. Kaitlyn Ganshaw added one goal and Casey Gottlieb made three saves in goal in the winning effort.
They're rare in Western Pennsylvania, but Upper St. Clair could start a water polo program in the not too distant future.
That's one of options the school will consider once its new aquatics center is built in August 2019, USC swim coach Dave Schraven said.
Among WPIAL schools, only North Allegheny sponsors boys and girls water polo teams that compete on an interscholastic level.
"We're very interested in developing a water polo program," said Schraven, who just finished his sixth season as coach.
Annie Robinson, Kellen Carlson and Mariam Obaiah have enjoyed numerous victories as members of the Greenwich High School girls water polo team over the past three years and the senior captains figure to help the squad register plenty more this spring.
Knowing they have a pool full of both experienced and untested talent, the Cardinals have once again set the bar high for themselves this season.
The Media Center at Greenwich High School was an especially busy place Wednesday morning — and for good reason.
Actually, 10 good reasons.
Ten Greenwich seniors made it official Wednesday, signing their respective National Letters of Intent to play sports at Division I programs.
The list included two Cardinals girls swimmers and one diver, two boys lacrosse players, two girls track and field athletes, one girls water polo star, one girls lacrosse standout and one boys diver.
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Behind two goals apiece from Thacher Scannell and Keegan Drew, Brunswick School recorded a 6-3 win over neighborhood water polo rival Greenwich High School Friday evening at Mehra Natatorium.
The victory raised the Bruins’ record to 18-2 overall, including a 2-0 mark against the Cardinals this season. Brunswick posted a 7-5 win over Greenwich earlier this month.
Friday night’s matchup between neighborhood water polo rivals Greenwich High School and Brunswick School will feature two teams that are in top form as the season nears its conclusion.
The Bruins sport a record of 17-2 after finishing 4-0 on its recent trip to California. On Saturday, which marked Brunswick’s final day in California, the team posted victories against Monte Vista (12-5), Harker School (19-6) and Mountain View (14-3).
Greenwich High School placed second in its 43rd annual Cardinal Water Polo Tournament held on Friday and Saturday.
The Cardinals were edged by Chelsea Piers Connecticut in the championship match, 5-4. The matchup featured Cardinals coach Jimmy Ramaley going up against his older brother, Paul, who coached Chelsea Piers.
Brian O’Leary recorded a hat trick to lead the Cardinals in the title game. J.T. Ruiz added one goal for Greenwich.
Four games in Ann Arbor Mich., over the weekend resulted in four victories for the Greenwich High School boys water polo team.
The Cardinals registered victories over Ann Arbor Pioneer, Rockford, Okemos and Ann Arbor Skyline at Skyline High School.
The Brunswick School water polo team ran its record to 4-0 by upending host Hotchkiss School, 15-1, in a match held on Wednesday.
Keegan Drew and Kyle Yelensky scored three goals apiece to pace the Bruins. Peter Mullen and Timmy Saunders each added two goals, while Nico Apostolides, Simon Derby, Danny Taylor, Jack Moore and Dillon Robinson had one apiece.
Christian Hartch made three saves for Brunwick, which has outscored the opposition, 63-9 over its first four games.
Greenwich, Brunswick water polo teams start season with decisive wins
The Greenwich High School and Brunswick School water polo teams each opened their respective season in dominant fashion, cruising to victories over their opponents.
The Bruins recorded a decisive 15-3 road win over Phillips Exeter Academy on Saturday. The game was a rematch of the 2016 NEPSAC Championship matchup, which saw the Bruins post a 13-4 victory.
They will be coming by land and by sea Tuesday.
FCIAC teams will be jumping back into the pool for the first time this fall while the runners are getting revved up for a new season on the cross-country trails.
Not too many high school coaches receive an opportunity to guide their alma mater.
Greenwich High School graduate Jimmy Ramaley is just beginning that exciting chance.
Ramaley, who graduated from Greenwich in 2009, is the school’s new varsity boys water polo coach — a role Chris Vidale successfully filled the past three seasons, before taking over as coach at Marist College.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Croatia ended host nation Hungary's hopes of a fourth world title in men's water polo with an 8-6 victory in the final on Saturday.
Captain Sandro Sukno scored a hat trick for Croatia, which claimed its second world title and first since 2007, when it also defeated Hungary in the final.
The visitors raced into a 4-0 lead as they kept the Hungarians scoreless for a whole quarter for the first time in the tournament.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — They've done it again.
The U.S. women claimed a record-extending fifth world championship in water polo with a 13-6 victory over Spain on Friday.
Kiley Neushul scored four goals to help the two-time Olympic champions win back-to-back titles at the worlds.
"It probably seemed easier than it was. That Spanish team is tough. Miki (Oca Gaia) does an incredible job with them and we knew that they would fight," U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said of his counterpart.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The spirit of the 1956 Olympics lives on in the Hungary men's water polo team.
Some 61 years after the infamous "Blood in the Water" game against the Soviet Union, Hungary routed Russia 14-5 to book a place in the semifinals at the world championships on Tuesday.
Hungary captain Denes Varga scored four to set up a match with Greece on Thursday. Defending champion Serbia and Croatia, the 2015 finalists, are in the other semi.
The USA Youth Women’s National Team recently won the gold medal at the UANA Youth Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru, and Greenwich Academy student Kayla Yelensky helped ignite the title-winning squad.
A rising Greenwich Academy senior, Yelensky scored 13 goals during the eight-game Pan-American Junior Championships, one of which came in Team USA’s 9-7 win over Brazil in the finals.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States defeated Spain 12-8 to stay unbeaten in its defense of the women's water polo title at the world championships on Tuesday.
The U.S., Olympic champion and winner of every major competition since the 2013 worlds, leads Group B with maximum points from two games.
Spain and New Zealand have one win each after the latter's 8-6 win over South Africa.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Canada came from four goals down to draw with Montenegro 8-8, while the United States lost its opening match of men's water polo at the world championships on Monday.
Croatia, the only team to have won a medal at each of the last five worlds, defeated the United States 12-7 in Group D, where Russia beat Japan 15-8 in the late match.
Three-time champion Hungary got the home fans cheering by beating Australia 13-3, and Italy defeated France 18-9 in the other Group B game.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Four-time winner United States began the defense of its women's water polo title with a 24-2 rout of South Africa at the world swimming championships on Sunday.
Jamie Neushul scored a game-high six goals.
The U.S., Olympic champion and winner of every major competition since the 2013 worlds, leads Group B on goal difference from Spain, which enjoyed a 10-2 win over New Zealand.
Producing standout water polo seasons earned several players from Greenwich the honor of being recognized as All-America performers.
Greenwich High School rising senior Annie Robinson was named to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association/Speedo Girls Water Polo All-America Team as a member of the First Team.
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A water polo player-turned-swimsuit model who didn't pick up a golf club for decades, Kurt Van Hees told himself during a near-death experience, "If I get out of this alive, all I'm going to do is play golf."
On Thursday, he will tee off in the U.S. Senior Open.
Annie Robinson, a Greenwich High School junior who plays water polo for both Greenwich Aquatics and Greenwich High, was recently selected to play on the USA Water Polo’s Women’s Youth National Team.
Robinson, a standout player for Greenwich Aquatics, who also had a strong spring season for Greenwich High, was chosen for the team after competing in USA Water Polo’s selection camps.
He is the architect of Greenwich High School’s storied swimming team. He began Greenwich’s successful water polo program and has taught hundreds upon hundreds of youngsters in town to swim at Rocky Point Club over the years. He’s Terry Lowe, of course, and Friday, he received his latest, well-deserved honor.
The Greenwich Academy water polo team capped its season they same way it did last spring — with the New England title in its possession.
The Gators put the finishing touch on a 13-1 season by recording a 24-13 win over Hopkins School in the title game of the New England Championships Saturday at Deerfield Academy.
Freshman Kayla Yelensky of Greenwich Academy was named the tournament’s MVP. GA junior Borden Wahl and senior Quinn Scannell were named to the All-League Team.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Five-time Olympian Tony Azevedo will play his final water polo game for the United States next month before retiring at age 35.
The longtime team captain will lead the Americans against Croatia on June 11 at Stanford, his alma mater, where he helped the Cardinal win two NCAA championships.
The Cy Creek Girls Water Polo team is, for the second time in two years, the state champion.
Cy Creek cruised to the second consecutive title with a 10-6 victory over St. Agnes in the finals May 6 at the Westside Aquatic Center in Lewisville, but it took a furious fourth-quarter run against last year's state finals opponent, Southlake Carroll, to get the team there.
GREENWICH — Junior Annie Robinson certainly helped the Greenwich High School girls water polo team celebrate Senior Day in style.
Robinson scored a game-high eight goals for the Cardinals, who led most of the way in their impressive 13-8 win over visiting Hopkins School. The Cardinals, who conclude their season Saturday at their own tournament, paid tribute to seniors Grace Leigh, Ella Jomo and Sammy Bear following Monday’s matchup — a game in which Greenwich led most of the way.
Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association Coach’s Lifetime Achievement Award
The Greenwich High School girls water polo team notched two victories Saturday, defeating Staples and Deerfield Academy at Hopkins School.
In their 11-2 win against Deerfield, Annie Robinson recorded a hat trick, while Julia Merrill, Charlotte Hallisey and Kaila Carroll each tallied twice for the Cardinals.
Robinson had three goals against Staples, which GHS beat, 12-8. Kellen Carlson also scored three times, while Peyton Turkeltaub tallied twice.
Greenwich High School showcased its offensive skills at the Choate Rosemary Hall Water Polo Tournament Saturday, winning all three of its games in convincing fashion.
The Cardinals defeated Choate Rosemary Hall, 13-4, beat Loomis Chaffee School, 20-2 and cruised to a 13-7 win over North Penn High School.
Coast Guard looking for Maui water polo players, surfers
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is focusing its recruiting efforts on Maui.
The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/2pj6yfc) Lt. Dylan McCall of Paia is leading a campaign to recruit residents from his home island before expanding the program nationwide.
He is specifically targeting water polo players, surfers and others who spend much of their time in the water.
The Greenwich Academy water polo team raised its record to 2-0 with a 14-9 victory over host Hotchkiss School on Wednesday.
Borden Wahl scored a team-high seven goals to power the Gators. GA took control of the game with a five-goal first quarter.
Wahl, Kayla Yelensky and Quinn Scannell helped the Gators’ offense click throughout.
Lulu Meissen was strong in goal for GA, which was led defensively by Camille Daigle. Scannell had three assists in the win.
The Greenwich High School girls water polo team stormed past Staples, recording a 15-7 win in a match held on Thursday. The Cardinals improved to 1-4-1 with the victory.
Freshman Kaila Carroll scored a team-high four goals and added two assists to pace the Cardinals offense. Junior Kellen Carlson recorded a hat trick, while sophomore Barbara Malone registered two goals and two assists to help lead Greenwich.
GREENWICH — Greenwich Academy’s inaugural season as a varsity water polo team last spring ended in fantastic fashion, as it won the Liquid Four Tournament — which served as the New England championship.
Tuesday marked the beginning of the Gators’ second season as a squad and they certainly couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying start.
Continued excellence — that’s what the Greenwich High School girls water polo team has produced each season since its inception in 2001.
And even though their schedule is challenging, the Cardinals are confident they can continue their impressive trend.