The Fenwick swim team started and ended the 12th Annual Gator Invitational Saturday on a good note. Victories in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay, not to mention 25 season best times, led the Friars to first place at Waukesha South Natatorium with 314 points.

Luke Baldwin, Dan Wolak, Dan Napleton, and Tom Parolin won the 200 medley relay (1:41.42), while Dave Meyer, Matt Meyer, John Barrett and Tom Parolin took first in the 400 relay (1:30.18).

Wolak also won the 50 freestyle in :22.02. Parolin took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of :53.81.

The Friars travel to the Carl Sanburg Invitational on Saturday.

Huskies reverse trend

The OPRF girls basketball team reversed its trend of not scoring many points in games when the Huskies held West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Downers Grove North to just 24 points in a 42-24 victory on Friday night.

Ashleen Bracey led the Huskies (10-7, 3-3) with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Amber Slaughter added 13 points.

On Jan. 4, the Huskies fell to Rolling Meadows 53-44 at the Fenton tournament. Caley Hague led OPRF with 13 points. Bracey chipped in eight points and hauled down eight rebounds.

Loss still a moral victory for Friars

The Fenwick wrestling team may have went 2-2 at the Joliet Township quad on Saturday but the Friars actually had three wins.

Scoring points against powerhouse Providence in a 52-12 loss was considered “a moral victory,” by Fenwick head coach Jerry Ruffino.

“They’ve got a great group of wrestlers, so it wasn’t that bad for us,” he said.

The Barnhisal brothers of Bobby (112-pound weight class) and Billy (171) earned victories against Providence. Bobby, who defeated third-ranked Nathan Fitzenreider 2-0 in a 32-17 loss to Wheaton North, defeated Providence’s eighth-ranked Jake Wojak 4-1, while Billy won his match 7-1.

The Friars (14-4) defeated the host 30-24 for the first time in three years. Match winners included Nick Marino (140), Matt Darley (145) and Carmen Curio (heavyweight).

Fenwick downed De La Salle 39-19 on Friday. The Friars had nine champs, including freshman Don Cundari at 189 pounds.

Fenwick hosts cross-town rival OPRF, who fell to Wheeling 34-25 Saturday, on Thursday (5 p.m.), and Ruffino said he takes the matchup very seriously.

“We need to win matches against head-to-head opponents to gain a good seed in the postseason,” he said. “OPRF has a very good team this year. They will give us all we have to handle. I just hope we come out of it healthy.”

Senseng wins two events

The OPRF gymnastics team fell to Hinsdale Central 134.85-138.15 last week.

M.G. Senseng earned OPRF’s only first place finishes with an 8.85 on the beam and an 8.8 on the bars. Senseng also took second (34.55) in the all-around.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...