OPRF head girls basketball coach Bob Biggins intends to send Toni Kokenis and Tricia Liston graduation cards at the end of the school year. But he’d also like to grab a couple of victories against the two basketball stars.

Biggins has six players returning from a team that went 16-15 overall last season, including 8-4 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference to finish second to Kokenis and Hinsdale Central. Of the six back, 5-foot-10 forward Maggie Tansey, 6-foot post player Jamie Duffy and 5-9 multiple position player Stekara Hall are expected to lead the Huskies this season.

Also back in the mix are seniors Bianca Ray and Jasmine McBroom, and junior Shelby Cozette, a guard with a potent outside shot. Amber Lara and Jakirrah Brown are newcomers also expected to see significant playing time.

Four juniors giving Biggins some depth during a tough schedule are Raven Hurley, Tory Gullo, Camille Scott and Hashika Barrell.

With a difficult schedule that includes not only Hinsdale Central but highly-ranked teams like Trinity, Montini, T.F. North, Marist, Bogan, Marian Catholic and Liston’s Fenwick, who knocked the Huskies out of the playoffs last season, OPRF will need all the help it can get.

“We’re trying to improve our program and feel we have to play the best to have a chance to learn and grow,” said Biggins, who is in his fourth season as head coach. “We hope to be competitive.”

Along with Hinsdale Central, Proviso West, Lyons Township and Glenbard West are likely to contend for the top spot in the conference. “But we hope to be in the mix,” added Biggins.

OPRF was scheduled to begin the season last night at Evanston (after deadline). The Huskies host cross-town rival Fenwick on Thursday, Nov. 19 (7 p.m.), conference rival Hinsdale Central on Jan. 8 and area-rival Trinity on Jan. 27.

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Key returners: Maggie Tansey, Jamie Duffy, Stekara Hall

Newcomers:

Amber Lara, Jakirrah Brown

2008 record:

16-15 overall, 8-4 WSC Silver

Tidbit:

Difficult schedule will either make or break Huskies.

2009-10 Home Schedule

Date opponent Time

Thurs., Nov. 19 Fenwick 7 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1 Glenbard West 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8 Proviso West 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15 Downers N. 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 8 Hinsdale C. 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 Lyons Township 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27 Trinity 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 28 York 7:30 p.m.

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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...