Oak Parker Jill Briner led her Sports Performance 16 Red Team to a silver medal finish at the AAU National Volleyball Tournament in Orlando.
The Red Team won 12-straight matches over four days, won the first game of the best of three final 25-19, and was ahead 23-16 in the second game before eventually being overtaken by the Treasure Coast Team from Florida 26-28 and losing the third and final game in a heartbreaker.
Briner played setter and right-side hitter and served 20 aces during the tournament. She was selected to the All-American Team during the awards ceremony following the final.
Briner will be a junior at OPRF High School next year, where she has played varsity volleyball the last two years.
Strikers win title and advance on
The Strikers girls U13 Orange soccer team defeated the Naperville Wildcats 3-1 on to win the Illinois Women’s Soccer League AB-Division Championship. The Strikers finished 7-0-1 for their second consecutive undefeated season.
With the championship, the Strikers will advance to the IWSL “A” Division next fall, the first time a U14-age team in Oak Park and River Forest has ever advanced to the A Division.
Isabela Escalona, Ruby Gonzalez and Natalie Blamires scored in the title clincher, with assists from Emma Dunne, Lauren Wilkes and Blamires. The defense gave up just six goals for the entire season, led by keepers Erin Schrobilgen and Dunne, and defenders Caroline Coughlan, Hannah Silverman, Gabrielle Barkidjija, Elana Abrams, Kate Spittle, and Kristen Laible.
The Strikers’ offense scored 20 goals, with strong efforts from midfielders Tess Trinka, Wren Osler, Tessa Saraceno and Meredith Blatner, and forward/mid Mara Logerquist.
Locals row to victory
Oak Park and River Forest has 13 teens rowing with Lincoln Park Juniors, a coed rowing club that practices on the Chicago River six days a week. The club’s Woman’s Junior Varsity boat was awarded a second place silver medal at the Midwest Rowing Championships held in Columbus, Ohio last month.
Rowers included Kiera Jackson, Ellie O’Connor, Zanny Halbeck, Fay Gilbert, Libby Hambleton, Dianna Polley, Maria Murray, Lizzie Herseth, Ana Ramirez, Bella Killion and Sydney Warpness.
The Women’s Novice boat received a first-place gold medal. The team’s rowers included Greta Baldwin, Abbie Seremek, Charlotte Lance, Laurel Johnson, Abby Lance, Melissa Thomas, Rachel Patterson, Ashley Yawney, Chelsea Boorman, Eva Baldinger and Carolyn Herseth.
Oak Park and River Forest High School junior Mike Pitts rowed with the Men’s Varsity boat and received a second place silver medal.