OPRF's top 10 receive scholarships

? Five baseball players among college signees.

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By BRAD SPENCER, Sports Editor

Ten student-athletes from Oak Park and River Forest High School have earned collegiate scholarships for their accomplishments in sports at the high school level.

The group, made up of five baseball players, two field hockey players, two softball players and one basketball player, was honored by the OPRF athletic department with a ceremony on Friday morning.

All 10 athletes have signed letters of intent to attend and play for a college in the fall, with the exception of Ruairi O'Connor, who will begin his college baseball career at Florida State University early after forgoing his senior season and graduating from high school this month.

Other members of OPRF's baseball team headed to play at the next level include Tim Dennehy, Matt McFolling, Ian Berger and Joe Froelich. Dennehy, OPRF's pitching ace last year, has signed with the University of Texas. McFolling will attend Villanova University. Berger, expected to be the Huskies' top slugger this season, will ply his trade at Illinois State University. Froelich has signed with Coastal Carolina University.

Two members from OPRF's IFHA State runner-up field hockey team received college scholarships. Stephanie Bernthal is headed to Kent State, where she also hopes to join the softball team as a walk-on. Hannah Colestock has committed to the University of New Hampshire.      

Two players who helped OPRF softball finish runner-up at State last year, Erika Rosenwinkel and Kealan Waldron, will continue playing softball after the spring. Rosenwinkel, who belted a solo home run in the State title game last season, has committed to play at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Waldron will join OPRF former pitching ace Maura Lund at Seton Hall University. 

Brittney Marshall, a three-year varsity starter on the OPRF girls' basketball team, has committed to Tennessee State University. 

"We're very proud of our student athletes' accomplishments both on and off the field," said Assistant Athletic Director John Stelzer through a press release issued by the school.  "Based on their leadership and contributions here at OPRFHS, we are confident these students will continue to represent the best of the Huskie tradition throughout their college careers." 

Contact: bspencer@wjinc.com

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