OPRF puts in extra overtime at state

Team ends up finishing fourth overall

The OPRF field hockey team finished fourth overall in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association State Tournament held at Benedictine University last week.

The Huskies (19-8-3) took New Trier to overtime in the semifinals on a wet field on Friday but fell 1-0. In the third place game on Saturday, OPRF lost to Glenbard West 2-1 on penalty strokes after two overtimes.

“The pools of water on the field made it extremely difficult to move the ball down field,” said OPRF head coach Jane Graham of the semifinal game against New Trier, who went on to edge Lake Forest 1-0 in the championship game. “We spent 20 minutes playing in a 10-yard area on the field.”

Against Glenbard West, senior Megan Rogers scored in the second half to tie the game up 1-1.

The Huskies, seeded third in the tournament, shut out Loyola 3-0 in the quarterfinals to make it to the Final Four. It was the third straight victory over the Ramblers this season for OPRF. Olivia Thompson led for the Huskies, scoring two goals and assisting on another. Maddie Lena also scored a goal.

Fenwick football

A week after falling to Brother Rice 28-21 to close out their regular season, the Friars ended their 2009 season entirely with a 17-7 loss to the Crusaders in the first round of the Prep Bowl playoffs on Friday night.

The Friars scored the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, but it turned out to be their only touchdown. Joe Romano tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nico Krajecki.

Brother Rice answered with two touchdowns in the second to go up 14-0 by halftime. After a 30-yard field goal by Brother Rice’s Pat Neilan near the end of the third, neither team scored again.

Fenwick closed out the season with an overall record of 3-7. Six opponents the Friars faced this season qualified for the state tournament.

OPRF volleyball

The Huskies fell in two sets to St. Ignatius 25-15, 25-15 in the Morton Regional title game on Saturday.

In the semifinal, the Huskies crushed Morton 25-12, 25-22.

Fenwick swimming

The Friars finished second (342) to Rosary (395) at the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference Meet held at the Vaughn Center in Aurora.

Kelly Ryan took first in both the 100 backstroke (:57.73) and the 200 freestyle (1:53.83).

Fenwick soccer

The season came to an end for the Friars last week with a 2-0 loss to Lyons Township in the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Sectional semifinal.

Fenwick closed out the season with an 11-9-2 overall record.

OPRF swimming

The OPRF swim team finished fourth at the West Suburban (Silver) Conference Meet held at Proviso West on Saturday.

The 400-free relay team of Shannon Kooser, Maureen Quinn, Hannah Garrigan and Kimmy Stefanik finished fourth in 1:01.12.

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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...