WEDNESDAY JOURNAL WEEKLY SPORTS CALENDAR

SPONSORED BY MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB

(Tuesday, December 17 thru Saturday, December 21, 2013)

SPOTLIGHT GAME OF THE WEEK: OPRF (7-1) visits Fenwick (6-2) in a boys basketball conference showdown on Saturday (7 p.m.) at Fenwick. The Huskies have already won the VandeMerkt Tournament this season and feature a plethora of skilled perimeter players in Erick Locke, Jason Gant, Simmie Cobbs and fast rising sophomore Connor Fuller. Center Jovanni Harrell holds down the paint for the Huskies. True to his promise when he took over the Friars, new head coach Rick Malnati has installed a defense-first mentality with his players.The Friars shut down Brother Rice and Benet over the weekend to notch a pair of impressive victories. Seniors Tom Planek and Dan Dwyer provide scoring, rebounding, defense and leadership, while sophomore point guard Mike Smith is the team’s quarterback. Keshaun Smith is another key contributor for Fenwick. The point guard matchup between Locke and Smith should be a classic. It will also be fun to watch OPRF head coach Matt Maloney and Malnati match wits along the sideline. Although I’m awful at predictions (I call it the Farmer Jinx), I give the Friars a slight edge at home based on their recent lockdown defensive work.

Prediction: Fenwick 62, OPRF 57

HIGH SCHOOLS

OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST

Boys Basketball

OPRF at Fenwick, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

OPRF at Benet/Naperville North Invite, opponents/times TBD, Friday/Saturday

Wrestling

OPRF at Hinsdale Central (Whitlach Invitational), Friday, 5 p.m.

OPRF at Hinsdale Central (Whitlach Invitational), Saturday, 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming

Glenbard West at OPRF, Friday, 5 p.m.

OPRF at Downers Grove South Invitational, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics

OPRF at Wheaton-Warrenville South Invitational, Saturday, 1 p.m.

FENWICK

Boys Basketball

Fenwick at Providence, Friday, 7 p.m.

OPRF at Fenwick, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Fenwick at Benet, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Fenwick at Sterling Tournament, Saturday

Wrestling

Kelvyn Park/Bishop McNamara at Fenwick, Saturday, 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming

Benet/St. Patrick at Fenwick, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Fenwick at Peoria Invitational, Saturday.

TRINITY

Basketball

Plainfield East at Trinity, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Bowling

Trinity vs. TBD at Townhall Bowl in Cicero, Saturday, 10 a.m.

LOCAL COLLEGES

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Women’s Basketball

Concordia at Benedictine University, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Concordia at Rockford University, Saturday, 4:15 p.m.

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

Men’s Basketball

Concordia University (Wis.) at Dominican, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Aurora University at Dominican, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

North Central College at Dominican, Thursday, 6 p.m.

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Marty Farmer

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