For the second straight year the Fenwick girls basketball team was thwarted from hefting a Dundee-Crown Charger Classic title trophy over the holiday break, but the Friars proved that the second half of the season should make for some interesting hoops play.
One could say the good news for the OPRF boys basketball team is the fact that they didn't have to face Jabari Parker and Simeon at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Parker, the state's top hoops college recruit, led Simeon to the title, but OPRF didn't do too bad either.
After combing through every story and every photo of 2012 and causing significant strain to our already dilapidated brains by recalling some of the plays, shots, serves, hits, blocks, pins, sprints, pitches, vaults, or game winning goals or touchdowns or walk-off homers, we had way too much content to stuff into a few pages for a year in sports review. Therefore, we did what any selfish editor would do: We only picked 10.
The Fenwick boys basketball team heads up to Hillside for the holidays to once again take part in the Proviso West Holiday Hoops Tournament. Only this time, the Friars are the small fish in a very large pond.
It's been a while since the Fenwick girls basketball team has had such an incentive to win a major tournament. The Friars hadn't needed any motivation because they were usually the team being handed the trophy at the end of tournaments — until last year.
It's not a Fiero, a Grand Am, a Bonneville or a Grand Prix. It's a high school basketball tournament. It's the Pontiac Holiday Basketball Tournament and the OPRF boys basketball program has been participating in it for more than 35 years.