Kowalczuk grapples in championships

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Oak Park and River Forest junior Peter Kowalczuk placed seventh in the country at the Cadet National Wrestling Championship, earning All-American honors.

Kowalczuk competed in the Heavyweight Division of Freestyle. Despite a difficult draw, Kowalczuk managed to come out on top in several very close matches, winning most of them late in the last period.

Kowalczuk defeated Randy Morin from Indiana 7-4.

Steffen sticks with hockey

Former OPRF High School athlete Barbie Steffen will return this season to play for the University of Connecticut field hockey team. As a sophomore last season, Steffen appeared in eight games for the UConn Huskies, six of which ended up shutouts.

While at OPRF, Steffen was a three-year letter winner in field hockey under head coach Barb Liles. She was team captain and team MVP in 2001, while leading the squad in assists on the season.

Steffen helped the Huskies to a State title in 1999 and finish runner-up in 2001, when she was named First Team All-Conference and All-State.

Tennis served after rain delay

Last weekend, members of the Oak Park Tennis Club generously relinquished their courts to entrants in the Senior Midwest Clay Court Championships for 50s and 60s and the Bob Crabel Memorial Tournament for 65s, 70s, 75s and 80s. The Bob Crabel Memorial, which usually begins on Thursday afternoon, had to be delayed until Friday due to the heavy rains which began to fall two hours before the first match was to be played and continued throughout the afternoon.

Friday became "catch-up day" as the tournament committee rearranged the schedules for both the Crabel and Senior Tournaments and Tournament Directors Bill and Lynne Higgins enlisted the skills of Club Manager Gayle Evans, Jose Ibanez and their crew to ready the courts for play. With the cooperation of the players, singles and doubles matches were rescheduled and completed and the final rounds were held on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Oak Parker Marvin Cohen represented his well as he overwhelmed his opponent, Mau Yin Chow of Evanston, 6-0, 6-0 to capture the 65 Singles title. Local participants in the 50s draw included Michael Averbach and George Jacobus of Oak Park; Robert Gebert, James Giancola, John Griffin and Patrick Nevins of River Forest; and Miroslaw Wlodowski of Forest Park. Dennis Karras of River Forest played 70s singles and Don Walsh of River Forest participated in the 75 singles.

Fenwick announces new coach

Fenwick High School has announced the hiring of Dan Wolff as the Fenwick Hockey Club's new head boys' coach.

Wolff replaces Dave Cromer, who guided the Friars to two State championships and two runner-up finishes. Cromer has taken a job outside of education and coaching.

Wolff has worked as an assistant coach at Fenwick for 17 years, and coached hockey with the Oak Park Eagles and Chicago Blues. He is a Lieutenant with the Cicero Police Department.

Press releases contributed to this report.

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