The Fenwick High School boys water polo team made its annual trip to St. Louis to take part in the DeSmet Invite over the weekend. The lengthy trip proved worthwhile as the Friars won four of five matches.
Fenwick defeated Strake Jesuit from Houston 8-5 and also highly regarded Missouri teams Parkway South 16-4, Parkway West 10-5 and Lindbergh 15-6.
St. Louis University High School prevented a Friars’ sweep with a 6-4 victory in the tourney finale.
“We looked a little rusty against Strake Jesuit after the five-hour van ride,” Fenwick coach Kyle Perry said. “The rest of the games were pretty good. All 11 field players and our goalie had assists or goals over the course of the weekend.
“Due to injury, illness and the ACT, we brought along four freshmen, two that were playing in their first varsity games. All the teams we played were great.”
Fenwick junior Payton Comstock was named to the All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP. Dan Lynch, Nate Fisher, Ivan Soto, Nathan Krippner and Dan Badja, along with freshmen Will Gurski, Pete Buinauskas, Liam McCarthy and Connor McCarthy, all contributed for the Friars. Manny Ruiz stepped up into the starting goalie role and recorded nine saves in the championship game
Fenwick (18-4, 8-0) has already earned the top seed for the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Tournament.
Fenwick girls water polo
Fresh off a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the Fenwick High School girls water polo team swept a pair of games, the Friars (8-4) returned home to split four matchups at their 18th Annual Mike Murphy Tournament.
Fenwick began its home tourney auspiciously with a 17-4 win over St. Ignatius and 10-6 victory against Naperville Central. Junior Paulina Correa scored four goals against the Wolfpack and five goals against the Redhawks. Senior Millie Sheehan contributed four goals and junior goalie Sam Rodriguez stopped 24 shots against Naperville Central.
In its other two matches, Fenwick lost to Mother McAuley 10-8 and Stevenson 14-11. Correa had six goals and junior Harper Daniels added five goals in the two matches. Rodriguez chipped in two goals and Sheean four steals against Mother McAuley.
On April 9, Fenwick cruised to a 20-7 win over York in Elmhurst. Sophomore Xohane Medina scored five goals and Correa scored four times. Junior goalie Sam Rodriguez stopped 21 shots by the Dukes.
The Friars face host Lyons Township (5 p.m.) on Wednesday, April 18. The team then travels to Lincolnshire this weekend to compete in the Stevenson Tournament (April 20-21).
OPRF girls water polo
The Huskies went 1-2 at the Mundelein Tournament on Saturday. Nell Behr scored three goals and Bennett Gloor added a pair of goals to power OPRF past Fremd 8-6. Mary Vanek, Lizzy Silber and Julia Thomason each scored a goal and Sydney Mosher had nine saves. In the other games, Lincoln-Way Central edged OPRF 7-5 and the host Mustangs beat the Huskies 8-3.
In a nonconference match last week, Behr had five goals and four steals as the Huskies cruised to a 12-2 win over Neuqua Valley. Vanek scored three goals, while Greta Drane and Gloor added two goals apiece for the victors. Goalies Mosher (5 saves) and Sara Flynn (3 saves) also played well.
Alyssa Stramaglia and Gianna Amundsen hit home runs, drove in three runs and scored twice to power Fenwick past Loyola 12-6 on April 10. Cassandra Lee (4-for-5, 4 RBIs) earned a save for the Friars (5-6).
In other games last week, Montini routed Fenwick 15-0 in Lombard and Bishop McNamara defeated the Friars 5-1. Rachel Martinez went 1-for-3 and scored a run against Bishop McNamara.
OPRF boys volleyball
The Huskies won all four of their matches last week, highlighted by a pair of West Suburban Conference Silver Division victories. OPRF defeated Lyons Township 25-20, 25-21 and host Proviso West 25-12, 25-15 in conference matches. Against LTHS, Lucas Schattauer led offensively with 14 kills with Quinton Kitzman (7 kills), Ben Taubman (6 kills) and Sean Califf (29 assists) contributing as well. Kitzman had a team-high 10 kills against Proviso West. Schattauer finished with four kills and Nick Altier and Jared Schainis chipped in three kills apiece.
OPRF (9-1, 2-0) also beat Payton 25-18, 25-16 and St. Patrick in three games.
The Huskies take on host St. Ignatius in Chicago, Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m.
Fenwick boys volleyball
Sophomore outside hitter Jack Kenny recorded 15 kills and junior Kevin Johnson dished out 22 assists in the Friars’ 25-16, 25-23 win over De La Salle.
The Huskies have fared well so far this season with a 5-3 record and pair of second-place tournament finishes at Hersey and T.F. South. OPRF is led by senior captains Gabby Simone and Grace Pederson. The Huskies hope to send players to the state tournament for the sixth year in a row. According to head coach Paul Wright, seniors Maeve Heflin and Haley Bergen could qualify for state again. He’s also optimistic the Huskies can send a new doubles pair and a singles player to state this season.
OPRF Signing Day
OPRF senior student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play their respective sports in college at the National Spring Signing Day. The list includes Andrew Barkidjija, men’s soccer, Amherst; Cameron Bates, wrestling, Wartburg; Amaya Coleman, women’s basketball, Millikin; Kel Felton, men’s soccer, Colorado College; Jack Fisher, wrestling, Army; Talvin Gibson, wrestling, Triton; Alexandra Gill, women’s swimming, Pomona; Bobby Iwashima, men’s soccer, Wesleyan (Conn.); Caitlin Kenoian, women’s soccer, IIT; Brian May, baseball, DePauw; Eddie Ordonez, wrestling, Illinois; Elijah Osit, wrestling, St. Cloud State; Jack Straughan, men’s soccer, Hartbury; Destiny White, women’s track, Illinois State.
Sophomore DJ Steward was recently offered a basketball scholarship by the University of Florida. Illinois, Illinois State, DePaul, Georgia Tech and UAB also have offered a scholarship to the Class of 2020 nationally-ranked guard.