Around the Horn
The OPRF boys track and field team took first in yet another meet as the Huskies garnered 140.5 points to win the Bloom Invitational on Saturday. The team had also claimed victories at Downers Grove North, the Gus Scott Invitational and the Windy City Relays.

The Huskies swept every relay event at Bloom to keep the 14-team field at bay. Devin Banks, Eric Starks, Henry Nwoko and J.J. Norris won the 4×100-meter relay in 43.50 seconds. Banks, Starks, Nwoko and Josh Runnels took first in the 800 relay with a time of 1:29.84. The 1,600 relay team of Runnels, Josh Brooks, Sean Cavenagh and Brendan Donley finished first in 3:27.72. Peter Hogenson, Euhwan Yoo, Spencer Strouse and Kevin Bakker won the 3,200 relay in 8:31.13.

In all, the Huskies won eight events, including the 100 and 200-yard dashes where Banks won both. Banks finished first in the 100 dash with a time of 11.08 seconds. He finished first in the 200 in 22.73 seconds.

Strouse also took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.49 and Jack Stapleton won the 1,600-meter run in 3:27.72.

Bloom finished second with a total score of 114, while Harlan (75) and Minooka (74) rounded out third and fourth places, respectively.

The Huskies travel to Glenbard West for an invitational on Saturday.

OPRF girls lacrosse

The OPRF girls lacrosse team had all its games in the Windy City Classic at New Trier on Saturday postponed due to lightning. The Huskies (10-1) were ready to play after coming off a 20-1 clobbering of Naperville North a few days prior. The victory was OPRF’s 10th in a row.

The Huskies also crushed cross-town rival Fenwick 27-5 last week. Olivia Thompson led the charge with six goals, while Sarah Wagner, Nicole Cordero, Hannah Decker and Hannah Dorian each added four apiece. Decker’s goals all came in the second half.

OPRF soccer

The OPRF girls soccer team shut out Proviso West 3-0 last week. Emily Gullo, Tasia Race and Marie Fourman scored for the Huskies.

The victory pushed OPRF’s record to 2-1 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference and 8-7 overall.

Fenwick tennis

It’s likely to be the Fenwick tennis team and Loyola vying for the top spot in the Catholic League Tournament. The teams went head to head last week, finishing with a 5-5 tie.

Fenwick won three of the top five matches. The wins came from Tyler Kiefer/Rob Hickey at No. 1 doubles, Matt Hipskind/Mike Maienza (No. 2 doubles), Sean Madock/Joe Zyer (No. 4 doubles), Dominic Campagna (No. 3 singles) and Paul Fitzgerald (No. 4 singles).

OPRF boys water polo

The OPRF boys water polo team swept through the Glenbrook South Tournament last week. The Huskies posted victories over St. Viator, 23-5, Libertyville, 15-4, Glenbrook South, 18-6, and Evanston, 14-10.

Ross Brinkman led the Huskies past St. Viator with five goals.

OPRF also posted victories over Latin and Waubonsie Valley last week. Dylan O’Connell led the Huskies to a 10-8 victory over the Romans with four goals. OPRF downed Waubonsie Valley 20-19 in overtime with the help of Tommy Poulos’ six goals.

Fenwick soccer

The Fenwick soccer team shut out Elmwood Park 7-0 on Saturday. The Friars scored all seven of their goals in the first half to push their record to 10-5 on the season.

Sophomore Audrey Kiefer notched her first multi-goal effort at the varsity level for the Friars.

On April 22, the Friars lost 3-2 to Joliet Catholic. Rachel Canfora and Carly Smith scored Fenwick’s goals.

OPRF girls track

The OPRF girls track meet at Glenbard West ended up being cancelled due to lightning in the area, but not before the Huskies secured some victories.

Kaniece Pitts took first in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet 5.75 inches, while Brittany Smith won the discus with a toss of 140-2.

Fenwick softball

The Fenwick softball team pushed its record to 8-7 by splitting a doubleheader against Providence on Saturday.

The Friars scattered 11 hits to win the opener 6-5. Bridget Ellsworth went 3-for-3 with two doubles and drove in three runs. Angelica Sanchez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Corey Alcarez (8-6) earned the win on the mound, allowing four earned runs off four hits in five innings. Alcarez walked three and fanned two.

The Friars fell in the nightcap 10-3.

OPRF girls water polo

The OPRF girls water polo team upped its overall record to 11-10 by crushing Waubonsie Valley 9-1 on Thursday.

Audrey Reardon led the onslaught with five goals. The senior also pocketed nine steals in the win. Janna Evans added two goals. Kimmy Stefanik and Lori Mansfield both chipped in with a goal apiece.

Also last week, the Huskies fell 14-8 at the hands of cross-town rival Fenwick. Reardon scored half of her team’s goals, while grabbing four steals. Vicki Maslowski finished with 14 saves for the Huskies, who were coming off a 12-6 West Suburban (Silver) Conference victory over Hinsdale Central.

Reardon scored seven goals in that win, while Joanna Evans and Jenna Kirk added two apiece. Maslowski had 10 blocks in the net.

Fenwick boys water polo

The Fenwick boys water polo team continued on course for an attempt to win its sixth straight state title by pummeling Naperville Central 17-6 last week.

Chris Wendt led the Friars with six goals and six steals. Brian Barron added four goals to go along with his five steals. Goalkeeper Matt Napleton finished with six saves and three steals on the day.

The win pushed Fenwick’s record to 18-0.

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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...