Wait just a second. Is that who I think it is? I realize my brain's a little scattered sometimes, but I think I see Al Allen back coaching the OPRF boys basketball team. But there's Matt Maloney, the current head coach, too.
The Trinity basketball team put up some big numbers in its first three games of the 2010-11 season last week. The Blazers downed Oak Forest 80-35 on Saturday night, after trouncing Joliet 75-17 the night before and opening the season with a 49-36 win over OPRF.
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.