In about an hour, I’ll be heading over to Oak Park Stadium to check out the OPRF Invite for field hockey. The Huskies are off to an outstanding start this season, and I’ll be interested to see how they fare in their own tournament against several solid teams including some from out of state.

After field hockey, I’m heading west for Elmhurst to cover the OPRF football team in action against York. The Huskies (4-0) should be able to secure this win, however they must avoid looking ahead to next week’s potentially epic showdown with Class 7A defending state champion Glenbard West. It’s only epic however if the Huskies handle the Dukes (1-3), and Glenbard West has a tricky home game Saturday against arch rival Hinsdale Central (1:30 p.m) at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn. So both the Huskies and Hilltpoppers have to work to do tonight to set up next week’s dream matchup.

Fenwick football, also 4-0, travels to St. Xavier University to take on St. Ignatius tonight at 7:30 p.m in a Chicago Catholic League White matchup. So if you’re looking for a sports fix before the Bears-Lions game this weekend, OPRF and Fenwick offer some options tonight!

Also want to give a shout out to the OPRF boys soccer team, which fought valiantly to earn a 3-3 tie against Kelly in a nonconference match last night. The Huskies trailed 2-1 and 3-2 only to come back and earn a hard-fought draw against the Public League defending champs.

Seniors on the team were honored at halftime, and the game was moved from the Oak Park Stadium to the athletic fields across the street due to lighting issues at the former. All in all, a night to remember and good luck to head coach Paul Wright, team leaders like Tim Huettel, Robbie Holmes, Noah Fluharty, Tim Lisak and the rest of the Huskies’ crew the remainder of the season. A showdown with neighborhood rival Fenwick at Oak Park Stadium is coming soon, and something also tells me the Huskies will be very dangerous come playoff time!

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Marty Farmer

The Illinois Press Association recently honored Marty with the 1st & 2nd Place Awards for Best Sports Feature for his article He's in an Oak Park state of mind: Former OPRF star Iman Shumpert returns...