Friars gain momentum for upcoming tourneys

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By BRAD SPENCER

The Fenwick boys' water polo team built up some momentum heading into the Stevenson tournament this weekend.

The Friars (17-5, 6-1) put a string of four wins together last week, including a vengeful 11-5 victory over Waubonsie Valley, who defeated Fenwick at the St. Patrick tournament the week prior.

Mark Melnyk led the Friars over Waubonsie with three goals. Tom Parolin and John Barrett each contributed two goals, while Jack Ryden pocketed four steals.

On April 13, Fenwick defeated St. Viator 18-9. Dan Wolak scored four goals, while Luke Baldwin and Paul Grusecki each chipped in three apiece.

Grusecki scored four goals in a 10-5 win over Stevenson on April 12.

Following the Stevenson tourney this weekend, the Friars enter the Catholic League tournament as a No. 2 seed. They're expected to face Brother Rice, who has defeated the Friars four times this season.

"We're gaining a little something every match," said Fenwick head coach Dave Perry. "We didn't lose to Brother Rice that badly the last time, so I'm hopeful we'll be ready to get the edge on them in the league tournament."

Huskies even things out

After dropping the first two games of the Wendy's Spring Classic in Ashland, Ohio on Friday, the OPRF softball team came back to close out the tournament 2-2 on Saturday.

The Huskies (10-3) fell 7-0 to Palm Harbor (Fla.), and 2-1 to Southwest Miami in the opening round before climbing back with two wins on the final day of action. OPRF shutout Edison (Ohio) 8-0, and edged Lake (Ohio) 5-2.

The Huskies hold a record of 11-5 in four years of competing in the tournament.

Friars struggle against Knights

Fenwick softball's record dropped to 3-7 on the season after a pair of losses to ninth-ranked Lincoln-Way Central on Saturday.

Other than Bridget Lally's single in the first inning and two-out double in the third in Game 1, the Friars were stymied by Lincoln-Way's Amy Solava, who struck out 12 batters to help shutout Fenwick 4-0.

The Friars fell 17-1 in Game 2.

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