The OPRF doubles team of Erinn McKune and Hannah Press are headed to the IHSA State Tennis Tournament to be held in Arlington Heights beginning Thursday.

McKune and Press grabbed the last qualifying spot by defeating Francis Parker 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round and Latin 6-2, 7-5 in Round 2.

The pair, who are 9-8 on the year, didn’t need to play the final two matches in order to qualify.

As a team, the Huskies finished tied for fifth with six points. Francis Parker won the sectional with a score of 15.

Friars finish second

The Fenwick tennis team finished second at the York Sectional on Saturday. The Friars qualified two doubles teams and a singles entry for the IHSA State Tournament.

Junior Amsley Upp secured the fourth qualifying spot in singles action by winning the first two rounds.

Alison Seyfarth and Rachel Canfora went 3-1 on the day to qualify in doubles, while Julie Comfort and Kathleen Kelly lost to their teammates in the third-place match but still qualified.

OPRF scores big at meet

During the OPRF swim team’s 123-62 victory over York last week, the Huskies had a slew of personal feats.

Diver Zerrin Dagli turned out her best diving performance of the season, finishing first with a score of 124.85.

Kimmy Stafanik swam to a season-best time of 5:30.12 in the 500-yard freestyle, and Paula Vesely did the same in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing second behind teammate Jenna Kirk in 1:00.18.

Connelly wins ESCC again

Fenwick cross-country runner Margaret Connelly won the East Suburban Catholic Conference Meet for the second straight year.

The junior finished first with a time of 18:19, helping her team to fourth place at the meet held at Maryville Academy.

Fenwick also placed two additional runners as All-Conference in senior Raquel Falk (20:07) and junior Vanessa Righeimer (20:15).

Rounding out the top five for the Friars were sophomore Cathleen Cahill (20:37) and senior Catherine Mullin (21:04).

Grady second, Friars too

Martin Grady ran off to second place at the Chicago Catholic League Cross-country Meet on Saturday, and his team did as well.

Grady timed out at 15:11, and the Friars finished with a score of 38, good for second behind Loyola (28).

Fenwick’s Jack Boyle (15:38), William Toohey (15:57) and Tom Laser (15:59) rounded out sixth through eighth places at the meet, respectively.

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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...