Huskies battle to 0-0 draw in home opener

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By BRAD SPENCER

OPRF managed to hold Downers Grove South to a 0-0 tie in the Huskies' home opener on Monday.

OPRF, who was outshot by the Mustangs 11-6, was handed its first loss of the season on Saturday, a 4-0 shutout by Mundelien in the Lake Park tournament.

Mundelien scored all four goals in the second half.

After a home game against F.W. Parker on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), the Huskies travel to Hinsdale Central on Tuesday (4:30 p.m.) for their West Suburban (Silver) Conference opener.

Baseball off to rough start

OPRF head coach Chris Ledbetter was surprised to see his team ranked No. 1 in the Chicago Tribune's preseason high school baseball rankings over the weekend. Ledbetter said while his Huskies have a lot of potential, evidence for such a high ranking remains to be seen.

"I think what happened is the newspaper already has about 10 teams in mind and then they call those coaches and get their take on who's going to be good. We beat St. Rita and Lockport (No. 2 and No. 3) over the summer and I'm sure those coaches spoke highly of us," he said. "I don't think we deserve a No. 1 ranking."

The biting remarks may have been Ledbetter letting off steam after his team fell to Schaumburg 4-2 on Monday afternoon. Texas-bound Tim Denney had a no-hitter going into the third inning before allowing a three-run homer, and the Huskies' bats were unable to advance runners consistently for the third straight game. OPRF scattered five hits off of sophomore phenom Grant Monroe, including an RBI single by Bobby Fratto in the fourth.

The Huskies (1-2) edged Evanston 4-2 on Saturday, after being shutout 2-0 by Glenbard East in the season opener on March 21. In the win over Evanston, Ian Berger pitched five innings, striking out five and allowing two runs. He also went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Fratto finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs on the day.

OPRF has left 20 runners on base in the last three games.

"We have to get our bats going more consistently," said Ledbetter. "We have great pitching, so we just need to get timely hitting. It will come; we just have to be patient."

Roadruck and Rosenwinkel lead Huskies

The OPRF softball team picked up its second straight win of the early season with a 6-0 shutout of Leyden on Monday.

Holly Roadruck fanned 12 batters in six innings for the No. 2-ranked Huskies, who were led offensively by Erika Rosenwinkel (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBIs, 2 HR).

Gevitz hops to top

OPRF's Kathryn Gevitz took home two second place finishes and one third place finish at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic held at the University of Illinois Armory last week. The event is considered the unofficial State tournament for the indoor season.

Gevitz placed second in the triple jump with a 37-11.5, and second in the long jump with 17-6.25. She finished third in the high jump with a leap of 5-4.

Two Jones' led the OPRF boys' track team at the event. J Jones took second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of :50.65, while Antonio Jones finished second in the 200-meter dash second in :22.87

OPRF

Monday, March 28

Schaumburg 4, Baseball 0

Softball 6, Leyden 0

Soccer 0, Downers South, 0

Saturday, March 26

Baseball 4, Evanston 2

(Huskies: Bobby Fratto 2-for-4 2B, 2 RBIs)

Volleyball d. Mundelein 22-25, 25-23, 15-13

Volleyball d. Naperville Central 20-25, 27-26, 15-11 (title)

Tuesday, March 22

Soccer 3, Lake Park 1

Girls water polo 17, York 9

(Huskies: Val Poulos 6 goals; Lauren Daggett 4 goals, 9 steals; Katie Pendergast 2 goals; Mary Cate Walker 4 blocks)

Fenwick

Wednesday, March 23

Soccer 3, Nazareth 1

St. Ignatius d. Volleyball 25-15, 25-11

Tuesday, March 22

Leyden d. Volleyball 25-20, 25-11

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