The OPRF girls water polo team graduated just three players from last year's 23-7 squad. With stars Katie Appell and Jordin Hale back plus eight other key seniors, the Huskies have sky-high expectations this spring.
The Fenwick High School boys water polo team ended last season in a familiar spot. The Friars begin this season in the same place. A year after their eight-year run as state champions ended with a sectional final loss to Lyons Township, the Friars took back the crown with a 10-4 win over Stevenson in the state title game. It was Fenwick's 10th state championship in the 12 years since the IHSA sanctioned water polo in 2002.
Although it wasn't a pretty first half, Fenwick was right where it wanted to be in terms of the scoreboard, trailing Orr 22-20 at halftime of Friday's Class 3A Westinghouse Sectional final. The second half proved far more unsightly for the Friars, who were outscored by 18 points as the top-seeded Spartans pulled away for a 50-30 victory.
Congratulations to Fenwick center Dan Dwyer, the Midtown Athletic Club Athlete of the Week. The 6-foot-8-inch senior scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Friars' 73-54 win over St. Joseph in the semifinals of the Westinhgouse Sectional.
As we are well aware, winter has had a firm grip on all of us in Chicago this year, with record snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures. This unprecedented winter has taken its toll not only on our spirits but also on water lines and infrastructures. Due to the persistent winter, the Park District of Oak Park is experiencing many challenges for getting fields safe and playable for the 2014 spring baseball and soccer seasons.