Around the horn
Jared Connolly and Michael Jacobs finished third in doubles action at the IHSA State Tennis Meet last week.
Connolly and Jacobs, who took ninth place at state last season, defeated Justin Lewis and Ben Woldenberg of Highland Park 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the third-place match on Saturday. The duo went 6-1 in the tournament, falling only to Nick Birger and Brian Zaron of Belleville West in the semifinals. Connolly and Jacobs contributed 13 points to OPRF’s team total of 25, which pushed the Huskies into a tie with Edwardsville for fourth place overall.
Other OPRF players who made a significant impact included the doubles team of Aaron Press and Tim Martin. Press and Martin won the first four rounds, but fell to eventual state champs Dave Robare and John Smits 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Dan Vollman led the Huskies in singles action, finishing 3-2 in the tournament. Vollman won a hardfought match 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 over Lyons’ John Moskal in the consolation bracket.
Huskies relay in at 8th overall
Danny Polk, Corbin Whalum, Alex Fleming, and Zach Howard ran off with OPRF’s best finish at the IHSA Class AA State Track and Field Meet held at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston on Saturday.
The group finished eighth overall in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 42.76 seconds.
OPRF’s Patrick Geoghegan placed 11th overall in the 3200-meter. The junior finished with a time of 9:21.67.
Friars win regional title
The Fenwick softball team edged Lyons Township 4-3 to win the Fenwick Regional on Saturday.
Erin Kelly allowed just five hits in seven innings, and struck out three for the Friars. Angelica Sanchez finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the win.
The Friars take on Lane Thursday (4 p.m.) in the semifinals of their own sectional. A win could pit Fenwick against cross-town rival OPRF in the sectional championship at the Dominican Priory in River Forest on Saturday at 1 p.m.
OPRF soccer falls to LT
OPRF girls soccer coach Paul Wright didn’t waste any time telling his team what the goal for 2008 is-a sectional title.
After knocking off rival Fenwick in the Class AA Lyons Sectional semifinals last week, the Huskies (11-8-4) suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss in overtime to Lyons in the sectional final on Thursday night.
Gillian Sullivan recorded the lone goal off a Tasia Race restart during OPRF’s 1-0 victory over Fenwick. Allison Colluci scored against Lyons.
The Huskies will return both forwards, the entire midfield and two players in the back next spring.
“We lose three key seniors that will need to be replaced-Katie O’Brien, Marja Anton and Kate Hennig,” Wright said. “But we will have a team that has experienced the ups and downs of this season, and will be the leaders for next year.”
Joe Trost contributed to this report.