Hear that? It's the sharp screech of shoes coming to abrupt halts on a hardwood floor. That sweet swish sound is leather gently grazing the fabric of a net. The mighty roar? That's the crowd erupting in the gymnasium. The high school basketball season has arrived and we have preview stories for the area's girls teams inside.
"We won't run from anyone and we're striving to run with them," said OPRF head girls basketball coach Bob Biggins before his team was to embark on the 2010-11 season by taking on area-rivals and highly-regarded Trinity and Fenwick this week.
It seems Dave Power has a bit of coaching to do this season. The legendary girls basketball coach, who has racked up 473 victories, including two state titles and seven state final appearances in 18 years at Fenwick, won't be able to sit back and watch Tricia Liston bucket 28 points per game this season.
Height, speed, talent and experience. The Trinity basketball team seems to have it all this season. Oh, and depth, too. The Blazers, who made it as far as the Elite Eight in Class 3A last season, return everyone from that team, including 6-foot-1 forward Megan Podkowa.
Fenwick scored big at the Oak Park Swimming and Diving Sectional held in its own pool on Saturday. The Friars, who set some pool and team records, came away with the program's ninth sectional title by garnering 351 points and advancing 11 individuals to next weekend's IHSA State Meet.
Last week, Jim Nudera sat in the stands and watched his son play football. He was a normal father cheering on his oldest of four children, Jim Jr., as the senior quarterback tried to lead York High School to a playoff victory.
Both the Fenwick football team and St. Laurence scored all of their points in the first half of Saturday's Chicago Catholic League Prep Bowl playoff game, but it was the Friars who held on for a 28-18 victory at Morton West High School in Berwyn.
"Be careful what you wish for," replied John Stelzer after I jokingly asked the OPRF athletic director when was a good time for me to interview for the head football coaching position, vacated last week by Jim Nudera after 12 years at the helm. I knew exactly what Stelzer meant.
The OPRF boys cross-country team moved up three places from last season's finish at the Class 3A State Meet held at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday. The Huskies made it back-to-back Top 10 finishes by placing sixth overall this season with two runners finishing in the Top 5.