By Brad Spencer
Okay, so the blizzard wasn’t a bust. It was real, it was nasty, and the aftermath has been back-breaking. By now you’ve suffered and complained enough. You’re ready to move on, albeit with well-insulated boots.
There have been some changes to the schedules of our local high school sports teams. Fenwick hasn’t won their 17th-straight East Suburban Catholic Conference title over Marian Catholic, yet. The Friars still need to face their fellow undefeated team – both are 6-0 in the conference – next week. Tuesday night’s showdown at Marian was obliterated by the blizzard. They’ll take on the Spartans (21-4) in Chicago Heights on Feb. 11.
The Friars (23-2), who also had their game against St. Charles North Thursday night cancelled, are likely to celebrate Senior Day tomorrow afternoon with a pounding of 1-6 Providence. The St. Charles North game, which will determine whether or not Fenwick gets a share of the Sweet 16 Tournament title with Naperville Central, has yet to be rescheduled. But it’s that Marian Catholic game and the looming playoffs that are likely to be on the minds of most next week. Fenwick is in the toughest sectional in the state, the York Sectional, which boasts four teams in the Top 10, including area rival Trinity.
Speaking of Trinity, the Blazers were in the midst of vying for the GCAC Tournament title when the blizzard struck. They resume play tonight against St. Joseph (7 p.m.).
The OPRF boys basketball team will go back-to-back with games tonight and tomorrow night thanks to Mother Nature’s monstrous sneeze. The Huskies (9-6, 5-2) will try to maintain second place in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference when they travel to Hinsdale Central tonight. They host nonconference foe Ridgewood tomorrow night in a make-up game.
OPRF girls hoops also play back-to-back games tonight and tomorrow, but not due to the blizzard. The Huskies didn’t have any games to postpone. Hopefully, the wintry blast erased the memory of Evanston’s Leiya English scoring her team’s winning basket on a layup at the buzzer in last week’s game. The Huskies, who hope to stay atop the conference, travel to Hinsdale Central tonight and host York before the boys game on Saturday (6 p.m.).
The Fenwick boys basketball team (9-8) hosts St. Ignatius tonight (7:30 p.m.), but the main event is likely to be the unveiling of Corey Maggette and Johnny Lattner’s retired jersey numbers at halftime. Maggette, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, had planned on attending tonight's ceremony, but travel issues due to the weather have since derailed that. Lattner, a Heisman Trophy winner who has lived in Oak Park for many years and has several grandsons who are student athletes at Fenwick, is expected to attend.