High School athlete of the decade possibilities?

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

We’ll throw you a crumb, let you try to munch on it a bit. No pressure. You have some time. Nibble. Enjoy the process. Don’t let your brain cramp up. Don’t lose sleep over it.

We are in the process of gathering candidates for the Top 10 high school sports athletes of the decade in Oak Park and River Forest that we will announce in a story this summer. It’s not easy looking back on 10 school years and zeroing in on some of the individual athletic accomplishments at the high school level. We could use your help.

Below is only a brief four possible candidates — we have quite a list to whittle down. This is just a nibble. Add to it, and/or give us some feedback.

OPRF softball pitcher Kerry Hayes, 1999-2002, went 58-12, tossed 522 innings and struck out 783.

Fenwick girls basketball player Tricia Liston, 2006-2010, averaged 28.8 points and 6.5 rebounds her senior season as she led the Friars to third place in the Class 4A State Tournament.  

OPRF boys volleyball player Sean O’Malley, 2001-2005, led the Huskies to third place at state his senior season. Currently holds the most kills in a career with 1,457 and is second on most kills in a season with 619.

OPRF boys basketball player Iman Shumpert, 2004-2008, averaged 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists his senior year while leading Huskies to 24-6 record.

 There are more and more and more ….      

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Amanda Surdek from Riverside  

Posted: May 28th, 2011 3:14 PM

OPRF has produced some very talented athletes over the past decade. Andrew Hagins played great ball for OPRF and went on to a successful college career. He should be cosidered a candidate for athlete of the decade.

Mike Hagins from Riverside  

Posted: May 28th, 2011 3:01 PM

I also nominate Andrew Hagins. He had a stellar high school career that led to being selected in the 2006 MLB draft as a senior out of OPRF. He went on to play 2 years of D1 ball for WIU where he continued to demonstrate his skill as an athlete and leader.

Nick Hagins from Forest Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2011 2:12 PM

I would also nominate Andrew Hagins. Andrew was drafted in 28th round of the MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006. He is also a recent graduate of Western Illinois where he also played baseball. Andrew is a true Husky at heart.

Baseball from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2011 12:20 PM

I nominate Andrew Hagins for baseball, drafted in 2006 by Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Played at Western Illinois. Great athlete, better person. Exemplifies "those things that are best."

Katherine Montgomery from Oak Park  

Posted: May 25th, 2011 10:51 AM

I also nominate Morgan Bonk. Not only has she won all of the things listed below, but she has continued her success at the collegiate level. She is one of the most hard working people I have ever met. But, OP-RF has produced some phenomenal athletes and Morgan Bonk should be on that list.

Dave Montgomery from Oak Park  

Posted: May 24th, 2011 3:41 PM

I'll second Mike Bonk's nomination. To play water polo at a high level requires tremendous athleticism. She continues to compete with the elite water polo players of the US at Loyola Marymount University in California. And, she's a terrific person.

Marty Bracco from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 12:34 PM

Here's two...OPRF LaCrosse & Football star Mike Liebreich, now playing lacrosse at FontBonne University and a USA national team, and Fenwick footballer Jack Dittmer, now playing at Harvard. Oak Park residents both..

Austin Carr from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2011 9:24 AM

Your secret is safe with us, Mr. Bonk. Oh uh...wait a sec...

OP Resident  

Posted: May 16th, 2011 1:01 PM

This is going to be tough, Brad. OP-RF has produced some outstanding athletes who also enjoyed great academic success. I hope you will take that into account.

Mike Bonk from River Forest  

Posted: May 15th, 2011 6:20 PM

I nominate Morgan Bonk of Fenwick girls water polo. She was on 3 state championship teams; a 2nd place team; 4 Catholic League champs; 4 sectional champs; 2008 State Player of the Year; 3 time All American; scored over 400 goals. Please do not mention that I nominated her

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