Rachel Smylie had a smile that could light up Oak Park Stadium. When I heard about Smylie's death in a single-car crash on April 7 in Namibia (a country in southern Africa) while studying abroad, like anybody who heard the tragic news, I was deeply saddened.
For the third time in four years, the Fenwick boys water polo team won the DeSmet Tournament in St. Louis over the weekend. The Friars capped off a perfect 5-0 run through the tourney with an impressive 13-7 win over St. Louis University High School in the championship match
Bill Mahon had no knowledge of rugby when his son, Sean, started playing the sport at a local club six years ago while a freshman at Fenwick High School. Now he is the coach of a Fenwick team that is fast becoming one of the strongest high school programs in Illinois and just returned from a trip to Ireland.
The Oak Park Gymnastics Center boys team competed in the 2014 Illinois Men's State Championships at Oswego East High School in Oswego, Ill. (March 28-30). Several highly skilled gymasts performed well, advancing to the regionals.
Fenwick baseball earned a split of games last week against tough nonconference opponents Clemente and St. Patrick, while OPRF cruised past the Friars 4-0 in girls soccer as headliners in this week's sports roundup.
Of the 18 players on Trinity's soccer roster, Claire Hasley is the lone senior. That's pretty encouraging news for the present and future of a program whose varsity squad went 15-7-1 and won a regional championship in 2013.
Like several area high school baseball and softball programs, Fenwick's softball team wisely traveled to Florida to kick off the season. After enduring a brutal winter like all of us, the Friars picked up three wins in four games in decidedly pleasant conditions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.