Around the Horn
The Trinity volleyball team’s impressive run in the Class 3A State playoffs came to an end last week in the River Forest Sectional Championship as the Blazers suffered a 25-17, 25-13 loss at the hands of Walter Payton High School.

Trinity, which lost to Payton for the third time this season, struggled on offense from the start. Led by senior Courtney Cunningham, the Grizzlies (36-1) grabbed their 17th consecutive victory and became the only school in the Chicago Public League to win a girls volleyball sectional.

“We never gained any momentum during the match,” said Trinity head coach Katy Schabes, whose team the week prior, won its third straight regional title.

Cunningham finished with 14 kills for Payton, while senior Caroline Brander led the Blazers with three kills and three blocks. Trinity junior Vivian Castellano and senior Sam Lula chipped in two kills apiece, while Annie Logisz supplied 10 digs.

The Blazers, who have now played in two straight sectional title games, close out the season with an overall record of 18-16.

On Nov. 4, the Blazers crushed Regina 25-16, 25-16 in the semifinals of the sectional. Brander led the onslaught with 13 kills and five blocks. Lula added five kills and Castellano four. Sophomore Jamie Purl tallied 16 assists and six digs.

Logisz led the defense with a whopping 21 digs. Denise Nelson chipped in eight digs and Amanda Iuliano five digs for the match.

Huskies fall to West Suburban Conference foe

The OPRF volleyball team had its season halted last week by a familiar foe in West Suburban (Silver) Conference rival Lyons Township. The Huskies fell 25-23, 25-18 to the Lions in the De La Salle Sectional Championship.

On Nov. 4, the Huskies edged St. Ignatius 17-25, 25-23, 25-23 to win the semifinal. Sara Shannon led the charge with 10 kills, four blocks and four aces. Jillian Briner added nine kills and two blocks.

Reyes finishes strong at state

OPRF’s Elizabeth Reyes made her debut at the Class 3A State Girls Cross-country Meet held at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

The freshman showed promise for the future by placing 68th overall with a time of 18:12.

Fenwick boys finish 14th

Martin Grady helped lead the Fenwick boys cross-country team to 14th place at the Class 3A State Boys Cross-country Meet on Saturday.

Grady finished the 3-mile course at Detweiller Park in Peoria with a time of 14:44.

Other notable finishes for the Friars included Tom Laser (35th, 15:11), William Toohey (94th, 15:35), Matt Miller (149th, 15:58), Jack Boyle (174th, 16:16), Matt Hipskind (193rd, 16:30) and Daniel Yerkes (203rd, 16:41).

The Friars finished with 368 points. Naperville North won the meet with 84 points.

Connelly runs off to 46th place

Fenwick girls cross-country runner Margaret Connolly finished 46th overall at the Class 3A State Meet on Saturday.

The junior, who also won her second East Suburban Catholic Conference Meet this season, finished with a time of 18:03.

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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...