The Fenwick boys' water polo team handed head coach Dave Perry a glistening birthday gift on Saturday: The Oak Park Sectional title plaque.
The Friars edged St. Patrick 6-4 to win the sectional championship and advance to the IHSA State tournament this weekend at Stevenson High School where they'll try to defend last year's title.
Tom Parolin and Luke Baldwin scored two goals apiece in the victory, while Paul Grusecki and Oscar Calderon chipped in one apiece. Goalkeeper Chris Jones racked up seven saves for the Friars, who came from behind to tie the game 4-4 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Fenwick now has the daunting task of taking on Brother Rice in the State quarterfinal on Friday (8:15). The Friars are 2-4 against the Crusaders this season, including an 8-6 win for the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference title two weeks ago.
Other teams vying for the title include Lincoln-Way East, Evanston, Naperville Central, Latin, Palatine and Mundelein.
The State title game will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Fenwick girls dominate
The Fenwick girls' water polo team moved one step closer to defending last year's State title by annihilating cross-town rival OPRF 18-5 in the Oak Park Sectional title game on Saturday.
The Friars jumped off to a 17-0 start and never looked back. They'll take on Loyola on Friday (5:45 p.m.) in the quarterfinals of the State tournament.
Huskies make run
The Huskies season came to a close on Saturday with an 18-5 loss to cross-town rival Fenwick in the Oak Park Sectional title game.
OPRF (18-10-3, 7-1) made a valiant effort in the two games leading up to the championship, trouncing Riverside-Brookfield and Lyons Township with a total of 27 goals. The Huskies defeated the Bulldogs 15-4 in the sectional quarterfinals, before downing the Lions 12-6 in the semifinals.
Lauren Valsoano led OPRF in the win over RB with five goals. Val Poulos scored four goals to along with her two steals.
Valsoano and Lauren Daggett tallied three goals apiece in the win over Lyons Township. Rachel Velasquez and Poulos added two goals apiece. Daggett scored two goals in the loss to Fenwick.