By Marty Farmer
The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys lacrosse team is 12-4 this season. While that's a good record by any measure, it is more impressive considering the Huskies finished 4-15 last spring. On a six-game winning streak, OPRF has won nine of its last 11 games. The Huskies defeated Downers Grove South, 17-13 on May 14, and routed Mount Carmel, 17-2 on May 12, as the team is beginning to develop the look of a state contender.
"We have improved immensely since last year, primarily because of our new offensive coordinator, Joe Opron," OPRF coach JohnTerretta said. "Some of the younger guys have a year of experience under their belts, which has also made a difference."
OPRF closes out the regular season against visiting York on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Friars scored eight runs in the third inning and never looked back during Saturday's 11-1 victory over St. Ignatius at the Priory. Jay Militello hit a three-run double and Kevin Forde tripled home another run, while Michael Krecek, Quinn Snarskis and Ryan Pierson (2-for-2) drove in a run apiece during the third. Senior catcher Justin Rodriguez finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Militello allowed one unearned run and one hit with four strikeouts in five innings to earn the win. In addition to the pitching rotation of Snarskis, Forde and Jon Kagan, the offense appears in full gear as the team scored 44 runs in four games to finish 3-1 last week.
Fenwick (21-6, 15-5 Catholic League White), which secured a second straight conference title last week, earned several other accolades. Dave Hogan was voted the CCL Coach of the Year and Rodriguez was named the CCL White Player of the Year. Seniors Michael Krecek, Snarskis, Forde and Rodriguez were selected to the all-conference team.
Fresh off a victory over Fenwick, the Huskies stayed on their season-long roll by dispatching Glenbard West 11-2 and Riverside-Brookfield 15-0 in five innings. Senior Emily Richardson went the distance against Glenbard West, allowing two runs and scattering four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. She also finished 3-for-4 with an RBI double. Caitlyn Santiago (2-for-3, home run, 3 RBIs) and Samantha Linde (2-for-4, RBI) also stood out offensively.
The Huskies (23-2) put away host RB in quick order as sophomore Chardonnay Harris set the tone early. Harris gave up just one hit and struck out seven in three innings en route to improving her record to 13-1. She also went 3-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and scored a run, while Maeve Nelson (3-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) and Taylor Arends (2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs) contributed to a balanced attack.
The Friars snapped a six-game losing skid with a 13-7 win against Joliet Catholic to salvage a split with the Angels on Saturday. Trailing 7-1, Fenwick scored 12 unanswered runs to coast to a comeback victory.
Although Fenwick is 7-25, the team has shown progress with wins over St. Viator, Nazareth, Riverside-Brookfield and Joliet Catholic in recent weeks.
"We started over about halfway through the season," Fenwick sophomore pitcher Grace Tucek said. "I think we just needed a fresh start and we've been picking it up."
After winning the singles title at the York Sectional, Maya Trinka won two of four matches at the state finals. She defeated Skye Palumbo (Lake Park) 21-15, 21-9 and Mirian Loarca (Glenbard West) 21-11, 21-8. The doubles team of Casey Purcell and Annika Holkeboer, which finished third in sectional competition, went 1-2 at state for OPRF with a 21-11, 21-15 victory against Megan Higgins and Reilly Scanlon (Sandburg). OPRF players Joanna Oldach, Maria Krunic and Jennifer Eisner traveled to Charleston to support their teammates.
OPRF boys tennis
The Huskies scored 42 points to finish third behind perennial powers Hinsdale Central (81) and Lyons Township (71) at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division tournament in Elmhurst.
OPRF hosts a sectional on Friday and Saturday, followed by the state finals on May 28-30. Last season, the Huskies and Deerfield finished tenth in the state with 16 points apiece.
Fenwick boys tennis
The Friars finished strong at the Chicago Catholic League tournament to earn a runner-up showing with 32 points. While Loyola (39) won the team title, Fenwick squeaked by St. Ignatius for second place by winning its last two matches via third-set tiebreakers.
The Friars' Mike Cahill and Danny Reardon rallied to edge Loyola 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 at No. 2 doubles, while Fenwick No. 1 singles Colin Fitzpatrick upset De La Salle's T.J. Harris in the third-place match. In both matches, Fenwick rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third set en route to victory.
"Amazingly, both tiebreakers ended at the same time, and then we learned the result. What a great finish," Fenwick coach Gerard Sullivan said. "We enjoyed great individual and team accomplishments at the same time. Mike and Danny simply never let up. They play aggressive doubles and are getting better and better at doing it consistently. Colin's win is a confidence booster for him going into sectionals. It's his first 3-set win of the season and he was hitting as hard as ever in that last set."
No. 2 singles Johnny Muller placed third and No. 1 double Nick Halter/Dave Hausken finished fourth in their respective flights for the Friars. At No. 3 singles, junior Kevin Donahue also played well for the Friars before losing a tight three-set match against Loyola.
Fenwick boys cross country
Senior Sal Flight won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 21.92 seconds as the Friars' lone winner at the Chicago Catholic League meet at Loyola Academy over the weekend.
The host Ramblers won the title with 170 points, followed by Brother Rice (128), Providence (94) and Mount Carmel (79). Fenwick finished seventh with 55 points.
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