O'boy: OPRF goalkeeper Sean Obrecht was busy trying to defend his team's goal against Fenwick in the Oak Park Sectional Championship on Saturday.Photos courtesy JOHN T. BRENNAN

The Fenwick boys water polo team outscored three opponents by a total score of 68-8 to win its own sectional last week. The onslaughts paved the way for Fenwick’s return to the IHSA State Tournament to be held at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire beginning Friday. The Friars will be vying for their eighth consecutive state championship.

Fenwick (33-0) walloped cross-town rival OPRF 24-6 in the sectional championship on Saturday behind eight goals from Matt Farmer and six from Connor Brown. Viken Huening, Dom Gallo, Dan Kelly and Ted Herbstritt each scored two goals apiece in the victory. Rich Mueller and Alec Henderson added a goal apiece for the Friars.

OPRF, a team that has suffered injuries late in the season, managed to find the back of the net six times on 14 attempts. All six of the goals were scored in the first half. Fenwick scored 13 unanswered goals in the second half.

In the semifinals, the Friars had no trouble dispatching York, jumping off to a 10-0 in the first quarter. Farmer scored three goals, while 16 of Fenwick’s other 21 players either had one or more goals.

The Friars began the sectional by blowing out Payton 23-1. Every player that suited up for Fenwick scored in the win.

The Friars will open the tournament against Lyons Township on Friday (7 p.m.). Other teams in the tournament include St. Ignatius, Schaumburg, Loyola, Sandburg and Naperville Central. The state championship is scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m.

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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...