By Marty Farmer
The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls track team's depth paved the way to victory at the St. Ignatius Sectional held at Concordia University on May 11. The Huskies qualified two relays and 12 competitors in individual events to score 171 points, well ahead of runner-up Whitney Young (106).
Individual event winners for OPRF included Lila Wine in pole vault (11 feet), Faith Clark in shot put (36-5.5), Rachel Rowe in triple jump (37-3), Ella Rosa in the 100-meter high hurdles (14.86 seconds) and Mahal Schroeder in the 1600-meter run (5:18.56).
Runner-up results were turned in by Rowe in long jump (17-6.75), Mary Blankemeier in pole vault (10-9), Caroline Galo in the 3200 (11:44.81), Eleanor Kallay in the 800 (2:23.73), Destiny White in the 400 (58.46).
Freshman Passion Worsham and Monica Bradford finished third in triple jump (36-8.5) and 100 hurdles (15.5), respectively, for the Huskies.
In the relays, OPRF finished first in the 3200 (9:42.19) and second in the 1600 (4:02.00).
The Huskies capped off a 6-0 week by picking up three victories at the Alexis Fieldhouse Softball Tournament in the Quad Cities over the weekend. OPRF (26-1, 10-0 West Suburban Silver) outscored its tourney opponents 35-7 as pitchers Chardonnay Harris (11-0), Emily Cekander (12-1) and Taylor Divello (3-0) each earned a win.
Hitting stars included Sydney Babbington (10-for-11, 8 runs scored, 2 RBIs), Maeve Nelson (7-for-12, 8 RBIs), Nellie Kamenitsa-Hale (6-for-11, 7 runs, 3 RBIs), Fiona Girardot (6-for-12, 4 RBIs), Katie O'Shea (4-for-10, HR, 4 runs, 4 RBIs) and Harris (5-for-10, 6 RBIs).
Girardot hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs and Nelson added a two-run homer to power the Huskies past host Hinsdale Central 11-0 in five innings on May 11. Babbington enjoyed a perfect day at the plate, with a 4-for-4 effort, and Harris (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Allison Smart (1-for-2, 2 RBIs) also contributed. Divello earned the win.
The Friars lost two of three games in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Tournament last week. On Saturday, visiting Loyola Academy edged Fenwick 7-5 in the fifth-place game. Hitting stars for the Friars included Kayley Sherwood (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs), Rachel Martinez (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) and Alyssa Stramaglia (2-for-4, run).
In the other games, Martinez hit a home run with two RBIs and a run scored to power Fenwick past Resurrection 6-5. The Friars fell to Mother McAuley 3-2 in their GCAC Red tourney opener. Natalie Cairo went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.
Fenwick hosts a couple of big games at the Priory in River Forest this week. The Friars take on St. Francis on Friday, May 18 and Class 4A defending state champion OPRF on May 19. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.
Fenwick girls lacrosse
The Friars celebrated Senior Day with a 9-5 win against Trinity. Fenwick also defeated OPRF to sweep its neighborhood rivals and finished third in the GCAC for its best conference finish ever.
NBA player Turner to visit Lincoln School
Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner will visit Lincoln Elementary School (1111 S. Grove) on Thursday, May 25 at 2 p.m. He will speak with students at the elementary school he attended.