Despite a strong defensive first half against Downers Grove North Friday night, missed free throws and foul trouble eventually doomed the OPRF boys' basketball team as the Huskies dropped a nail-biter in overtime 46-44.
Trinity nearly came back from a 19-point deficit to upset St. Ignatius on Friday night, but fatigue may have won out in the end. The Blazers (12-8, 3-2) suffered a 48-44 loss to their GCAC Red opponent, despite making a gallant run in the final quarter.
Youth baseball/softball registration In-person registration for 2005 Oak Park Youth Baseball/Softball will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow Center, corner of Jackson and Ridgeland.
The Dominican University Stars trailed the Concordia University Cougars for just a total of one minute and nine seconds as Dominican cruised to a 63-55 win in the Stars' Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) season opener at Concordia Jan. 5.
Trinity hosted its First Annual Christmas Tournament over the holidays where eight Chicago-area teams participated. Highlights of the tournament included Marshall head coach Dorothy Gaters reaching a record 800th career victory on the first day of play, when her Commandos defeated Leyden 44-26.
St. Joseph proved to be just what everyone expected: a formidable opponent for Fenwick in the opening round of a heavily stocked Proviso West Holiday tournament that ran from Dec. 27 through Dec. 30. The Friars (8-4) fell to St. Joe, the eventual tournament champ, 74-50. But no one expected New Trier (6-6) to embarrass the Friars 63-47 in Round 2 of the tournament's consolation bracket.
One of the highlights of the Pontiac Holiday tournament was OPRF's Robert Strzemp. The 6-foot-5 Strzemp was selected to the All-tournament team, despite the fact that the Huskies (8-4, 1-1) weren't in the final four. OPRF finished 2-2 in the tournament, but Strzemp shot over 50 percent from the field and tallied a total 80 points in the four games. OPRF head coach Al Allen called his senior forward a "One-man wrecking crew."
Rectifying its place in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference standings is goal No. 1 for the Oak Park and River Forest girls' basketball team, who recently finished third at the Mundelein Holiday tournament.