Head coach John Quinn and the Fenwick High School boys basketball team set some lofty goals for the season ahead. Some of those goals include regaining Fenwick's Catholic League North basketball crown and a trip downstate to the IHSA basketball Elite Eight tourney. Last week, the Friars (3-0) took the first step toward accomplishing those goals, by winning the St. Patrick Thanksgiving Tournament.
Joni Fringer Owen called me about two months ago. I remembered her immediately from the years she played softball for the Windmills. The image of an exuberant, red-headed powerful pitcher jumped before my eyes. I hadn't seen or talked with her for four or five years, although I recalled she'd done pretty well pitching in college.
The result of the play would be the OPRF basketball team's second devastating loss of the night, Jason Simmons 8 foot jumper rimmed out, Robert Strzemp's put back was good but, came a tenth of a second too late, leaving the Huskies on the short end of a 75-73 score, against Evanston (3-0), in the championship game of the Evanston Basketball Tournament.
The OPRF swim team hopes to build on individual success from last year and score some team points this year at the state championships. While their aspirations may be slightly more modest than cross-village rival Fenwick, the Huskies boast a rather large team this year, and head coach Peter Quinn hopes to get the team in good condition overall in order to have a chance at state this season.
The Dominican University women's basketball team bounced back from a 79-52 defeat at the hands of Lawrence University on opening night with a 59-55 win on Saturday afternoon over Concordia University?#34;Wis.
Don Offermann has been a prominent name in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park for many years. As a faculty member, coach, and eventually superintendent at Oak Park and River Forest High School from 1964 through 1999, he is well known to thousands of OPRF grads. Since retirement from OPRF, he has remained active, working as Business Development Officer for the Forest Park National Bank.
The OPRF Hockey Club didn't let a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of No. 2-ranked Naperville Central on Saturday bring them down when the Huskies played host to Providence on Sunday. OPRF vented its frustration over the loss by pelting the Celtics with numerous shots on goal, leading to a 4-2 victory.