Fenwick water polo sweeps sectional

Friars roll into state tourney with title aspirations, both boys and girls

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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

The Fenwick High School girls water polo team left no doubt which team was best at the York Sectional over the weekend. Fenwick outscored its three opponents 56-14 en route to the title.

In Saturday's final, they routed the host Dukes 19-5 to advance to the state tournament at Stevenson this weekend.

Fenwick offered more of the same dominance in the semifinals at York, cruising past upstart Riverside-Brookfield 17-4. Millie Sheean scored a match-high five goals with five steals. Kassy Rodriguez (3 goals, 3 steals) and Molly McGuire (3 goals, 3 assists) also contributed for the victors.

The top-seeded Friars opened the playoffs in auspicious fashion with a 20-5 victory against Westinghouse. Harper Daniels had six goals and McGuire five against the Warriors. Defensively, reserve goalie Cece Jenkins played well in the cage with 19 saves. Junior Paulina Correa and sophomore Xonhane Medina chipped in three steals apiece.

At the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference tournament, girls head coach Jack Wagner was named the MCAC Coach of the Year. McGuire, Correa and Sheean made the first-team, while Sam Rodriguez, Kassy Rodriguez and Medina were second-team All-MCAC selections.

Fenwick (22-6) faces Lane in the state quarterfinals Friday, May 18 at Stevenson. The match begins at 7 p.m.

The other quarterfinal matches on the same day are Lincoln-Way East vs. Naperville North (4:30 p.m.), Mother McAuley vs. Stevenson (5:45 p.m.), and Loyola vs. Conant (8:15 p.m.).

Boys head to Stevenson

The Friars edged sectional host York, 8-6, to punch their ticket to the state tournament this weekend at Stevenson.

They took a 3-1 lead after one quarter and matched the Dukes at five goals apiece the rest of the game to claim the sectional championship on May 12.

Payton Comstock scored four goals and Ivan Soto added three to power the Fenwick offense. Jack Fisher chipped in a goal, while Ramses Flores dished out six assists. Goalie Alejandro Perez had five saves.

Simon DeGrace tallied three scores and Isaac Marlott contributed two goals for York.

In the semifinals, Fenwick defeated crosstown rival OPRF 13-8. Comstock scored four goals while Fisher and Flores had three goals apiece against the Huskies.

"The entire lineup of 20 guys was able to play in this game," Fenwick coach Kyle Perry said. "Brian Moore made three saves in his second varsity game. We're excited about this young group of guys."

In the quarterfinals, Fenwick and OPRF cruised to victories over Chicago Public League teams. The Friars beat Schurz 21-1 and the Huskies topped Von Steuben 17-5.

Alex Figus scored a match-high six goals for the Friars.

Cal Jaques, James Kouris, Finn McMullen, Nicolas Cronin-Barron and Robert Schweig each scored for OPRF.

Fenwick (25-8) takes on St. Ignatius in the state quarterfinals Thursday, May 17 at Stevenson. The match begins at 4:30 p.m.

"We have a lot to work on, but three days of practice will do us good," Perry said. "It's great to be playing water polo in May."

The other quarterfinal matches on the same day are Evanston vs. Lyons (5:45 p.m.), Lincoln-Way East vs. Conant (7 p.m.) and Naperville Central vs. Stevenson (8:15 p.m.).

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