Around the horn
It’s been an up and down regular season for the OPRF girls basketball team, but an upset over cross-town rival Fenwick in the Queen of Peace Regional title game isn’t out of the question.

The Huskies (14-13), who closed out the regular season with a 54-44 loss to West Suburban (Silver) Conference leader Hinsdale Central on Friday night and took on Queen of Peace last night to open the regional (after deadline), lost to the Friars 51-41 back in mid-December. But since that time, OPRF has improved its play a great deal. Brittany Smith is currently averaging a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds per game, while Gabby Cole is tallying 10 points and eight rebounds per game.

But OPRF’s defense will need to be playing at its best to hold off Fenwick star juniors Tricia Liston and Katlyn Payne. Liston scored 23 points in the first meeting of the two teams. With top defenseman Casey Blaha nursing a bruised knee, the Huskies could be in for a long night.

Barnhisal advances to state

Fenwick wrestler Bobby Barnhisal won his fourth straight sectional title at the De La Salle Sectional on Saturday.

Barnhisal, a senior, defeated Lyons Township’s Mike Ryan 5-0 to win at 152 pounds.

Barnhisal enters the Class 3A State Individual Wrestling Finals to be held at Assembly Hall in Champaign this weekend with a record of 38-2.

Huskies win indoor opener

The OPRF girls track and field team opened the indoor season by clobbering three teams.

The Huskies secured 119 points, while Hoffman Estates garnered just 50 for second place.

Kaneice Pitts won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.93 seconds. Pitts won the triple jump with a leap of 16-10 and was also a member of the 4×100 relay that finished first in 1:27. Other members of the relay team were Raven Adams, Tejuana Williams and Ashley Parish.

“Now our athletes have a sense about where they are in relationship to their goals and we can train with motivated purpose,” said OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe.

Kirsten Weismantle won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05, and Williams took first in the 200-meter dash (27.86 seconds).

The Huskies host Whitney Young, St. Ignatius and Morgan Park on Saturday.

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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...