Friday, March 20, 2020

Important LEC Updates

Lake Erie Classic Has Been Cancelled

Thank you for your patience concerning the future of the 2020 LEC tournament. We were notified by our venue that due to the mandated facility closings - we will not be able to host our tournament in April. We will continue to work with them to reschedule and will inform you as soon as we know more. 

LHS Donations
Despite our own frustrations with facility closings, we recognize those in our community who may go without meals during the school closings. For those still interested in donating to our LHS lunch program collection please reach out to Trish  for more information.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

March Baller of the Month

Congratulations, Andrew Oswald! 

1.      Name: Andrew Oswald
2.       Hometown: Greenville, PA
3.       Family members? Family of five

4.       Did any of them play polo? – Just Andrew!
5.       Where do you live now? Lakewood
6.       What is your occupation? Data Analyst
7.       Years playing polo? Six
8.       Years w/CWPC? Six
9.       Favorite CWPC memory: Too many to name. Probably during practice, when the ref blows the whistle and a player provides constructive feedback on why the call was terrible.
10.   Favorite post polo snack & beverage: California chicken with avocado and bacon with chips on the side from Merry Arts
11.   Favorite position to play? Wing
12.   Favorite tournament so far? Quarry Scramble!
13.   How many polo suits do you own? Three
14.   What is your favorite part about water polo in general? The comradery and good exercise

15.   Fun fact about yourself: I volunteered teaching math in Cape Town and Namibia for a year …( but seriously who would have known?!)
16.   How did you get involved with CWPC? I had a membership at the CSU rec center and would swim on occasion.  Saw the team practice and asked if I could try it out.  After a few practices, I finally bought a speedo and have been all in ever since

17.   Why do you stick around? Great friends and great exercise!
18.   Favorite quote? If not now, when?
19.   Describe your ideal practice – 60 minute outdoor practice with two subs. I tend to need a breather on occasion.
20.   Favorite piece of water polo advice anyone has ever given you? Take an open shop quicly or pass it around.

Here’s what Andrew’s teammates have to say about him...

“Andrew’s years of lobbying FINA to legalize subbing on the fly at mid-pool have finally paid off.”

“If there was a heat map f all of Andrew’s polo goals by location, only the top corners would be lit up.”

“Give me one good reason we don’t call him ‘Ozzy!’ “

“Andrew’s third place finish in 5 alive is my favorite memory to date – outside of bringing mountain dew and cheese to parties.”

“Best Andrew quote – ‘Becky's has the best orange juice, so much better than their cider.’ “

“Always has the most legitimate excuses for tardiness at practice – toastmaster, church, etc.”

“Least likely to sing karaoke…”

“Never stops caring for others and asking how they are”

“Andrew is a tried and true member of our team. He never gives us, never stops working and is always smiling.”

Thank you, Andrew for all you do for our team! We are so glad to have you around! 

Friday, March 13, 2020


CWPC Members,

In response to the restrictions being put on schools and public facilities in our area due to COVID-19, we are cancelling all practices effective immediately. We are estimated to pick back up the first week of April, but will wait until further instructions from our respective practice locations at that time. We recognize the severity of the situation and are doing our part to keep our members safe and healthy. Any updates to the practice schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.  

Lake Erie Classic has NOT been cancelled. We still plan to host our event until told otherwise. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you for your understanding, 

CWPC Board 

Monday, March 2, 2020

March Monthly Newsletter

Practice Schedule
  • Tuesday's, 8:30pm - 10:00pm at Lakewood HS
  • Thursday's, 7:30pm - 9:30pm at CSU
  • Sunday's, 9:30am - 11:30am at Lakewood HS
Thursday, 3/12 - No Polo due to swim meet


Lake Erie Classic Sign Up
Sign ups are now open for 2020 Lake Erie Classic! Sign up today! 
April 18-19 at Cleveland State University. 

Team Sign Ups
Teams can register via our website. See here for more information. 

New Rules
We will continue practicing the new rules in the coming months. Please continue to learn the new rules on your own and ask questions during practice! 

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.