Fenwick downs top Missouri team

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By BRAD SPENCER, Sports Editor

In a game that crossed state lines, Fenwick represented Illinois with a 59-44 victory over Missouri's No. 1 team, St. Louis Incarnate Word, on Monday afternoon at Willowbrook in the McDonald's Chicagoland Shootout.

Trailing 38-35 in the fourth, the Friars (21-1, 5-0) jumped on a 9-0 run. Brittanny Johnson led the charge, scoring three straight baskets, including a key 3-pointer. The Boston College-bound guard finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Fenwick also crushed Indiana defending State champs Indianapolis North Central 59-36 on Saturday. North Central's 6-foot-5-inch Amber Harris was held to 13 points on the night.

Johnson led the Friars with 15 points. 

The Friars have two tough East Suburban Catholic Conference games against ranked opponents this week, Carmel today (Wednesday) and Benet Academy Friday. 

OPRF grapplers 17-1
The OPRF wrestling team continued its dominating ways on Saturday by grabbing three wins at the Dundee Crown Invitational.

The Huskies pushed their overall record to 17-1 on the season with a 37-25 victory over Dundee Crown, an 81-0 pummeling of Lane Tech and a 78-5 drubbing of Harlan.

With two regular wrestlers?#34;Mike Schmidt (171-pound weight class, knee) and Joe Minnis (130, staph infection)?#34;out, the Huskies looked to have a disadvantage against a tough Dundee Crown team. Wins by the higher weight classes picked up the slack for OPRF. Blake Dressel (215) won by decision, while Jamar Johnson (heavyweight) won by pin. Robert Demary (125) won by technical fall.     

The Huskies kept their West Suburban (Silver) Conference undefeated streak alive with a 48-12 rout of York on Friday. Chuck Henriksen won his 14th straight win in the 145-pound weight class.

A win over Hinsdale Central on Friday will give OPRF its first conference title since 1988.

"We're not doing too badly considering the program hasn't had a winning record in eight years," said first-year head coach Mike Powell. "We need to stay healthy and prep for the regional."

Powell said he's not hyping up OPRF's match against Fenwick scheduled for Jan. 28, the day before the State regionals begin. "It's a rivalry but I think we'll need to be looking forward to competing against them in the regional."

Fourth at relays
The Fenwick swim team placed fourth with 93.5 points on Saturday at the 50th Annual Trevian Relays hosted by New Trier High School.

The host finished with top honors, edging out Evanston by a point 147-146.

The Friars' best finish in the competitive 12-team tournament was fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Jack Ryden, Matt Meyer, Mark Melnyk and Mike Brown finished with a time of 1:31.88.

Ryden, Meyer, Brown and Richard Butler took fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.42.

Tom Parolin finished tied for sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (:55.95).

The Friars host Mt. Carmel and Notre Dame on Friday (5 p.m.), before closing out the regular season against Loyola Academy on Jan. 25.

Huskies tread to sixth
Two fifth place finishes, both in relay events, steered the OPRF swim team to a sixth place finish (104 points) at the All Gillberg Invitational hosted by Carl Sandberg High School on Saturday.

Taylor Rasley, Scott Dunlavey, Joe Anderson and Jack Anderson took fifth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.68. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Loren Peterson, Paul Lohmann, Joe Anderson and Jack Anderson finished fifth in 1:33.94.

Top individual times included Peterson's ninth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.46), and Dunlavey's seventh place mark in the 200-yard medley (2:09.07).

Sandburg finished first with 258 points, while Naperville Central (242) and Champaign Central (190.5) rounded out second and third places respectively.

The Huskies used eight first place finished to edge York on Friday 92-88. Peterson won two individual races, the 50-yard freestyle in :23.29 and the 100-yard freestyle in :51.

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