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.
If you're a private citizen, I want you to take the bullets out of the Bushmaster Carbine M4A3 rifle you purchased at Wal-Mart and then I want you to incinerate the gun, melt it down to nothing, take a hacksaw to it, flatten it with a steamroller. I don't really care how you do it, just destroy it.
This is what you're going to do: You're going to resume your spot on the couch, continue to don your guacamole-stained Bears shirt, and hang in there for two more regular season games. Shut up and quit your sniveling. There's no alternative. You're going to do it.
With the scoring tandem of Dan Dwyer and Luke Lattner out of the lineup, the Fenwick boys basketball team didn't have much fire power heading into its showdown against Brother Rice on Friday night. The Friars hung around for a quarter before succumbing to a 58-34 loss.
The OPRF basketball team returned to the scene of the crime on Saturday — the scene being Schaumburg High School, the crime last season's 64-60 loss to the Saxons in the Class 4A Sectional semifinals — and the result was much different.
The OPRF girls basketball team's game against Glenbard West last week can be summed up with one description. As seconds ticked off the clock in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference match-up, OPRF's Hailey Hoye pulled up and launched what looked to be the game winner from 15-feet out, but the ball rimmed out as the buzzer sounded and the Huskies capped a poor night of shooting with a 48-47 loss to the Hilltoppers.
Fourteen seniors fill out the Fenwick boys swim team's roster this season. That's a good number of experienced swimmers that hope to keep the pool churning in the wake of the girls team closing out the fall season by finishing runner-up at state for the second consecutive year.