Thursday, February 13, 2020

February Baller of the Month

Congratulations, Kyle Tepe! 

1.       Name:  Kyle Tepe
2.       Hometown:  Loveland, Ohio -- outside of Cincinnati
3.       Family members?  One older brother and one older sister.
4.       Did any of them play polo?  Not my siblings.  My dad's high school swim team played polo for a season or two in the late 70's and he was the goalie.  I didn't know he played until I was already a goalie myself.      
The man, the myth, the legend... Tepe's Dad circa 1979
5.       Where do you live now?  I rent a place downtown.  
6.       Years playing polo?  14  
7.       Years w/CWPC?  My first CWPC practice was August 20th, 2009 at CSU.  I hitched a ride with fellow Case swimmers Dan Wolak, Kevin Alland, and Peter Cooke.  
8.     Where all have you lived in CLE?  University Circle (the best neighborhood in the world), Lakewood, and downtown.    
9.       Years w/Case? Six years of school, four years of swimming, three-ish years of polo.  
10.   Favorite CWPC Memory - I couldn't possibly choose just one. 
11.   Favorite post polo snack & beverage?  Recently, nothing.  If we go out I stick with budget beer. 

12.   Favorite position to play?  Goalie!  Center defender is fun too.    
13.   Favorite tournament so far:  Big fan of Toronto.  
14.   How many polo suits do you own?  7-8  
15.   What is your favorite part about water polo in general?  This is a tough one.  I definitely think more sports should involve throwing a ball into a goal as hard as you can.  Why are there so few?    
16.   What college team did you play for?  The CWRU club team, when it wasn't swim season.  
17.   Fun fact about yourself:  After water polo, my favorite sports are hockey and disc golf.  
18.   Favorite Kasi or teammate quote?  During a lull in conversation once, Kasi chimed in completely earnestly, "So I've been thinking about getting a salmon V-neck."  That continues to slay me.       
19.  Describe your ideal practice:  Pool-- CSU.  Water-- warm.  Attendance-- 17.  15 minute warm-up, full tank scrimmage for remainder.    
20. If you had to pick between Tony Azevedo and Kevin Zeigler to lead you to victory in the Olympics - who would you pick?  I've seen a video of Tony barring out, but Kevin never misses.     
21. Why do you play polo?  I refuse to pay for a gym membership. 

Here's what Tepe's teammates have to say about him ..

"He looks like Dexter Morgan" 

Young Tepe

Dexter Morgan

"Surprisingly doesn't drink monster energy drinks and avoids shattering drywall."

"Untapped high achiever, foremost team expert on finger wrinkling, punctual to practice - procrastinator to water entry. Net positive asset to the team and friendship."

"I think it's pronounced 'Tey-pey' or 'Teepee' "

"Team 10,000 rats."

"Kyle is the last person I know that owned a Pontiac"

"Solid teammate, solid guy." 


"Even though he's from Cincinnati - he's a Clevelander at heart."

"I like Tepe, he's an okay guy"

"I'm really happy to have Tepe back in CLE, he's always there to help set up, is friends with everyone and just genuinely likes polo." 

"Worst roommate ever" - Bear, probably

Thank you, Kyle Tepe, for all you've done and continue to do for our team. We're thankful you've joined our board and already feel the positive impact you're having upon your return to Cleveland. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

February Monthly Email

Regular Practice Times

  • Tuesdays, 8:30pm - 10:00pm at Lakewood HS
  • Thursdays, 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Cleveland State University
  • Sundays, 9:30am - 11:30am at Lakewood HS
*There are no known cancellations at this time.

Lake Erie Classic 
Save the date for April 18-19 for our annual tournament. Our tournament will be held at CSU and sign ups are available now!  Also, mark your calendars for Friday, April 17 for set up! 

Dues - Were Due
Please ensure you are up to date on your annual or monthly payments. 

New Member Information
For any person looking to join our practices here are a few things you need to know:
  1. You can attend any practice and we offer your first week as a trial period before requesting you sign up for monthly payments. 
  2. You must sign our electronic waiver prior to jumping the pool with us
  3. All skill levels & knowledge of the game are welcome. We will help teach you the rules and tricks of the trade!
  4. The ability to swim is required. 
  5. Feel free to email trish prior to your arrival for more information. 
  6. Practice times and locations are fairly consistent and you can receive updates by signing up for our newsletter on the right panel of the website. 
  7. We are fun & active team who love the sport and look forward to sharing it with you!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Tournament Recap, New Rules Info and more!

Thank you to all for braving the weather and attending the Wolverine Tournament this past weekend! The team went 1-2, with a big win over London Masters (ehh). 

Tournament Highlights

  • Kasi's big post kick out steal 
  • Jay scoring 2 goals in one game 
  • Annie B's homecoming after being traded to Columbus
  • Steve Trow playing a whole quarter (let's talk about it)
  • Brian playing with 7/8 of a thumb
  • Tepe killing it in goal and also scoring a goal
  • Isaac really earning his kick outs and hella steals
  • Trish still having 2 kick outs
  • Killer 6-5 defense throughout the weekend
  • Epic karaoke, mostly by Maggie 
  • Thompson family cookie game
  • Andrew- best game closer
  • Elisabeth for a nice step out goal
  • Moragne winning us some sprints
  • Bob for doing his best at foozball
  • X for not being a terrible ref and for jumping in w/us
  • Shami for hosting a great tourney! 

New FINA Rules
As we have mentioned before, there will be several new rules implemented throughout 2020. 
Please see the following resources with full details provided by USA Water Polo!

We will begin discussing these at practices, but the more you can do to prepare the better! 

Lake Erie Classic
We are currently working with CSU on LEC dates. CSU is has a few maintenance projects beginning this spring and they have not been given dates by their contractor yet preventing us from committing to a date. We will keep you up to date as possible and hope to have something on the books soon. 

Cinnamon Lake Friendly 
The friendly is back!
Save the date June 27 & 28 for a weekend of fun and Ron. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

January Baller of the Month

Congratulations to the January Baller of the Month, Bob Behringer

·        Name- Bob Behringer
·         Hometown – Canton, Ohio
·         Family members? Amanda (wife); Kylee (daughter 21); Lauren (daughter 18); Sophie (daughter 15)
·         Did any of them play polo? Kylee played for Akron 
·         Where do you live now? North Canton, Ohio
·         Years playing polo? 38 years
·         Years w/CWPC?  Over 10 years
·         Years w/Akron?  15 years ??
·         Years w/CSU?  Played 4 years on CSU polo team while also swimming for the Vikes (here is where he neglects to mention all of his swimming accolades – if you didn’t know, Bob is FAST!)
·         Favorite CWPC memory – my daughter Kylee scoring her first goal (Akron lob shot) at CWPC tournament

·         Favorite post polo snack & beverage – peanut butter and honey sandwich with coffee
·         Favorite position to play – driver (lefty)
·         Favorite tournament so far – I love the Cleveland tournament!!
·         How many polo suits do you own? I always wear 2 with a spare in my bag
·         What is your favorite part about water polo in general? I love the physical nature of polo and how it keeps me in shape; I also love learning new skills (from the young guys) and continually improving my game. 
·         What college team did you play for? Cleveland State; Akron now
·         Fun fact about yourself – I swam in the Olympic Trials in the 80’s (yes I’m that old)
·         Favorite quote – like my wife always says – “You can’t take it with you”
·         How far do you drive to practice each week? Miles/time – over 400 miles per week between CWPC and Akron teams
·         What is your favorite part of being a lefty? Everything – who wouldn’t want to be a lefty!  And always getting to play offense during 6-5 drills 
·         Describe your ideal practice – full tank scrimmaging for 2 hours straight (or longer)
Bob’s teammates have this to say about him…

“Has the pointiest elbows of all mankind”

"I’d rather have Bob on my team than Grant”

“Remember that when you feel tired at practice, Bob drove an hour to practice after running his company all day and it’s his third workout of the day. You’re not tired. Bob is tried of your excuses.”

“Fun fact: Bob is actually right handed, but likes a challenge”

“Bob is extremely understanding and knowledgeable when it comes to water polo. He’s always 
willing to explain the rules and never talks down to any lesser experienced player.”

“My Dad is seriously the most badass guy I know. He amazes me everyday with his ability and work effort.” - #1 Fan, Kylee

"I've known Bob for over 40 years and the Bob you know ist eh same Bob I grew up with. Before he could ask "Who's playing polo tomorrow?," on GroupMe, Bob would walk through the dorms of CSU ('86-'90) to see which swimmer he could get to commit to Thursday night polo at Busbey. Even before that, circa 1980, Bob used his rotary dial spiral cord house phone (for those too young to know what that is) and call me and other YMCA swimmer to arrange a game of kick-the-can in my backyard. He has a never ending supply of energy and that you all see in the pool today. He's a perfect candidate for Baller of the Month because he's been balling now across 5 decades. Great player. Great guy. Great friend."
 - Brian Bailey

Congratulations, Bob! Thank you for your guidance, for taking the sprint every line up and for driving all the way to see us every week. 

January Schedule

Tuesdays – 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Lakewood High School

Thursdays – 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cleveland State University
*Starting 1/16

Sundays – 9:30am – 11:30am
Lakewood High School

  • Thursday - 1/9
  • Sunday - 1/19
  • Sunday - 1/26
Note about practice on Tuesday, 1/14 - There will be a swim meet at LHS prior to our practice. Although they are usually done by 8:30 we are not allowed in the locker rooms until all of the teams have vacated. For those who get there early, please start setting up what we can at the pool. Thx!

Monday, January 6, 2020

January Polo News

January Schedule

Tuesdays – 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Lakewood High School

Thursdays – 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cleveland State University
*Starting 1/16

Sundays – 9:30am – 11:30am
Lakewood High School

  • Thursday - 1/9
  • Sunday - 1/19
  • Sunday - 1/26
Note about practice on Tuesday, 1/14 - There will be a swim meet at LHS prior to our practice. Although they are usually done by 8:30 we are not allowed in the locker rooms until all of the teams have vacated. For those who get there early, please start setting up what we can at the pool. Thx!

Practices have been cancelled due to holiday schedules and swim meets. We will continue to post any cancellations and keep you as up to date as possible.

Email Reminder:
As announced at the annual meeting, we will be switching our email format to monthly schedules rather than weekly. Any additional cancellations will be communicated as they arise.

Ann Arbor Tournament
Join us in Ann Arbor Jan 18-19th for their 2020 tournament. Be sure to pay to play and also take the poll on groupme regarding housing. 

Pay Your Dues
Be sure to avoid the wrath of our fearless treasurer and pay your dues (annual or monthly) by Jan 31, 2020. Payments can be done online here via paypal account or credit/debit card.  Feel free to reach out to Wade with any questions or issues.

New FINA Rules
As we communicated during our annual meeting, there will be a number of new rules implemented throughout 2020. We know not all tournaments will be using the new rules, but we will begin learning them at practices in the coming months. To get ahead of practices, here are a list of resources to read about the new rules.

Rochester Poll
Please take a moment to fill out the Rochester tourney poll Feb 8th. The poll will close 1/15.