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Boys Water Polo: Homewood-Flossmoor’s Broc Thompson grows into sport, role as go-to player

Broc ThompsHomewood-Flossmoor  | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media

Broc Thompson, of Homewood-Flossmoor | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 13, 2014 6:16AM



Broc Thompson’s water polo career began with a chance encounter when he was in seventh grade.

“I started swimming in sixth grade,” he said. “I started water polo in seventh grade because I saw one of my friends pick up a ball and I was like, ‘What are you guys doing?’ It looked fun. A coach came over and talked to me and I started playing and got involved in different clinics and camps and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”

The Homewood-Flossmoor senior has come to love the sport.

“I really like how intense it is in the pool,” he said. “But at the same time, even though it’s so rough, you make a lot of friends. I’ve met so many good friends from freshman year to now. It’s always fun to play against them.”

Thompson has had pressure on him all season. With the Vikings losing several key players from last year, including 2013 SouthtownStar Player of the Year Kevin Kuchta, Thompson became the go-to guy.

“Everyone tries to compare me and Kevin because we’re both lefties,” Thompson said. “But we’re different players, style-wise. I’m not afraid to ask for help when I need it, either. I know we have a lot of players who can step up and score. It’s not just me.”

Thompson certainly has done his part, though, becoming the Vikings’ leading scorer. His best game came April 21 when he poured in a ridiculous 11 goals in a 15-12 upset of Andrew.

He also scored seven goals each in wins over Young and Hinsdale South and has scored five on several occasions.

“Broc is a big-time scorer, a hard worker and definitely one of our leaders,” H-F coach Tim Caldwell said.

H-F, which advanced to state last season, is seeded fifth in the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional. The Vikings will open postseason play Wednesday in a sectional quarterfinal against the host Knights as Thompson will try to lead them on a surprise run back to state.

Thompson, who hopes to play in college — possibly on the club team at Illinois — has been in the Olympic Development Program for over a year and went to Dallas for a regional tournament in March.

“I want to help my team as much as I can and that’s why I’ve been participating in ODP and clinics and all that,” he said. “It’s put me in a different place mentally and physically. It’s more strenuous. Whatever I learn from there, I can bring back to my high school team and give them some extra help.”



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