Softball playoff preview The 14 returning OPRF softball players who suffered through that gut-wrenching State title loss last year where a 6-0 lead went south in a hurry, no-doubt would like to erase that one particular moment from their minds. The best chance they have is returning to the scene of the crime this year. With a versatile and talented squad and a relatively soft playoff schedule, the road to vindication looks more than promising.
Tennis Columnist To steal a line from Harry Porterfield, I'd like to tell you about SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW. His name is Mel Phillips, Jr., and he has returned to the Oak Park Tennis Club this summer where he has been the head tennis pro for three years.
The Julian girls' track and field team placed third at State. Brittany Smith led the way with two second place finishes. Smith was last year's State champ in the shot put and fourth in the discus. She ends her career with four All-State medals. Her tosses of 33-8 (shot put) and 97-3 (discus) helped her finish second in both events this year.
Trinity Pierce, a graduate of Trinity High School and currently a student at Wheaton College, was selected the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin All-Conference softball team last week. Pierce helped lead the Thunder to a 20-17 record season, with a 5-9 mark and fifth-place finish in the CCIW.
Fenwick celebrated its second straight year of water polo dominance when both its boys' and girls' water polo teams won their respective IHSA State championships at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on Saturday. The coincidental victories came in similar fashion as game-winning goals were scored by siblings Luke Baldwin and Keely Baldwin.
The pitching match-ups for OPRF's doubleheader with Lyons Township Saturday?#34;Huskies pro prospect Tim Dennehy starting the opener and LT ace Dan Sorce throwing in Game 2?#34;suggested the strong possibility of a split.