Very interesting story about a hometown athlete who makes it big. Story featured a lot of voices. It provided nice insights into the subject.
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Plus, he was given the 1st Place Award for Best Sports Column!
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Although the Fenwick High School boys and girls water polo teams each won their final game of the season, they fell just short of winning a state championship. That's a rare season-ending circumstance for either program, considering the Friars own 29 state titles overall (20 boys/9 girls). In Saturday's semifinals of the state playoffs in Lincolnshire, host Stevenson swept Fenwick 8-7 (boys game) and 18-4 (girls game).
The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys lacrosse team is 12-4 this season. While that's a good record by any measure, it is more impressive considering the Huskies finished 4-15 last spring. On a six-game winning streak, OPRF has won nine of its last 11 games. The Huskies defeated Downers Grove South, 17-13 on May 14, and routed Mount Carmel, 17-2 on May 12, as the team is beginning to develop the look of a state contender.
The high school girls water polo sectional final that everybody wanted to see lived up to the hype. Host Fenwick edged neighborhood rival Oak Park, 6-5, before a packed house at the Dan O'Brien Aquatic Center on Saturday. Fenwick junior Catie Wallace scored the game-winning goal when she deftly lobbed a shot over the outstretched arms of OPRF standout goalie Jordin Hale with 3:16 left in regulation.
The Fenwick High School softball team knew it would be difficult at best pulling off an upset win at Oak Park and River Forest on Thursday. OPRF sophomore pitcher Chardonnay Harris ensured it was a virtual impossibility as she threw a complete-game two-hitter with 17 strikeouts in the Huskies' 5-0 victory.
I suppose any time OPRF and Fenwick square off in an athletic event, that's the best matchup (and rivalry) in town. In over a decade and change of area sports coverage, I've also discovered that the annual baseball series between OPRF and Lyons Township is about as good as it gets.
On Saturday I attended my first, "The Race That's Good For Life" annual race and I must say I was extremely impressed by the entire experience. A record crowd turned out to support Oak Park's annual race. There were races for men, women and kids and a feeling of fellowship, fun and plenty of competitive running permeated the race headquarters scene at OPRF.