The Fenwick baseball team endured three tough losses by a run during a busy week. Despite close setbacks to De La Salle, St. Rita and Bishop McNamara, the Friars displayed live bats with 16 hits in a 14-0 rout of Hales.
Prior to Saturday's highly anticipated doubleheader between Lyons Township and Oak Park and River Forest, the last time the two annual powerhouse baseball programs collided was in the 2012 Class 4A state championship game (won by OPRF 5-4 courtesy of Michael Brennan's dramatic walk-off hit).
The Race that's Good for Life brought out a record number of participants for Sunday's 32nd running of this annual Oak Park event. The race, organized by the Oak Park Runners Club, was voted 2012's top race by the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), and Sunday's 2013 edition appeared to measure up to this high standard.
Individual talent isn't an issue when breaking down the roster of the Fenwick girls' soccer team. Midfielder Cali Pyzdrowski and leading scorer Bridget Hillsman have committed to play college soccer at Marquette and Providence, respectively, while the Friars also boast several other skilled players like senior captain/midfielder Lauren Frank, defenders Kelly Collins, Liz Cusick and Miranda Chapa.
The Huskies (20-5) rolled to the Lane Tech tournament championship with three wins on Saturday. OPRF edged Wheeling 5-3 in overtime to clinch the title. Katie Appell scored four goals, Samantha Robbins chipped in a goal and three steals, while Jordin Hale finished with seven blocks and Zoe Erickson had five blocks.
On Sunday, Fenwick baseball coach Dave Hogan joined elite company — the 700 club. The Friars rallied for a dramatic 9-7 win in eight innings over host Loyola, giving Hogan his 700th career win and making him only the 13th high school baseball coach in state history to reach that lofty mark.