Holding a 7-4 lead entering the top of the sixth inning, the Fenwick High School softball team needed just six outs to put away Trinity. The Blazers rallied with six runs in that inning, however, to pull off an 11-8 win at the Priory on Monday.
Juliana Morini led the way with three hits and three RBIs for Trinity. Teammates Heather Shortall, Nicole Romano (three hits each) and Sammy Nelson (2 RBIs) also played well. Jessica Hoffman pitched four innings with five strikeouts, while Nelson put in three innings of work for the Blazers.
Kayley Sherwood hit a grand slam, Ava Vaccaro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Casandra Lee was 2-for-5 with an RBI for Fenwick (7-13, 3-8 GCAC). Starting pitcher Alyssa Stramaglia struck out 13 and went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Friars.
The teams combined for 29 hits.
The Blazers and Friars will square off again at Triton College on Saturday, May 5. First pitch is at 11 a.m.
Fenwick girls track & field
Junior standout Claire Gatermann cleared 10 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault at the Trevian Girls Invitational at New Trier. Juniors Laura Durkin took fifth in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2 minutes, 27.25 seconds and Colleen Grogan earned seventh in the 300 hurdles at 51.03. The Friars also fared well in the distance relays, finishing third in the 3,200 (10:17.22) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:26.59).
OPRF girls track & field
Senior Kathryn Lingen led the Huskies with a first-place finish in the 400 (1:00.70) at the Wheaton-Warrenville Invite. Sophomore Passion Worsham also turned in a great effort by notching third in the 100 hurdles (16.40) and fourth in the long jump (16-9).
Other notable individual performances included Rachel Rowe in the long jump (3rd/17-1), Kshari Pittman in the high jump (5th/4-11) and Violet Harper in the 3,200 (7th/11:39.31). In the relays, OPRF produced good results by placing second in the 1,600 (4:11.91), fifth in the 400 (51.38) and sixth in the 800 (1:51.25).
OPRF boys track & field
The Huskies maintained their winning ways with multiple victories in individual and relay events at the Jim Arnold Invitational on Saturday. Hosted by Glenbard West, OPRF won four individual events and two relay races en route to capturing the team title with 126 points.
Glenbard West (96), Batavia (73), Wheaton North (58) and Lowell (55) rounded out the top five of the 14-team field.
Junior Koren Leonard finished first in the 110 hurdles (15.68) and 300 hurdles (40.85). Senior Nathan Sykes also placed first in the 400 with a time of 50.03. In field events, Myles Molette-Hughes won the triple jump at 44-8.5.
Tyrone Clarke (100/11.21; 400/51.15), JT Lowder (100 hurdles/15.72), Cory Poe (high jump/6-4) and Noah Kowal (pole vault/13-6) finished as runner-ups.
In relays, the Huskies took first in the 400 (43.20) and 1,600 (3 minutes, 25.86 seconds). OPRF was third in the 1,600 and 3,200 with respective times of 3:25.86 and 8:23.21.
OPRF boys volleyball
Quinton Kitzman had a season-high 17 kills to power the Huskies past area rival Riverside-Brookfield 25-27, 25-22, 25-14. Lucas Schattauer (8 kills), Kyle Rasmussen (7 kills) and Sean Califf (season-high 38 assists) also played extremely well for OPRF, which moved to 16-4 this season.
Fenwick boys volleyball
The Friars picked up a pair of victories over De La Salle and Prosser. In their 25-15, 25-12 win against De La Salle, Friars’ junior outside hitter Jack Kenny had eight kills and Avyn Alairys six kills. Senior setter Kevin Johnson contributed 18 assists and five aces. Fenwick defeated Prosser 28-26, 25-9 as Kenny (23 kills) and Johnson (31 assists) had huge games.
OPRF girls water polo
The Huskies went 3-1 at a tournament in Michigan hosted by the towns Zeeland and Hudsonville. OPRF defeated East Kenwood 3-2, Grand Rapids 5-4 and West Ottawa 4-1 in its first three matches. Hudsonville prevented a Huskies’ sweep with a 9-6 victory over OPRF. Bennett Gloor had a team-high 10 goals with support from Nell Bahr (3 goals), Mary Vanek (2 goals) and Lizzy Silber (goal, 2 assists). Goalie Sydney Mosher recorded 16 saves in the cage.
Cobbs signed by Redskins
The Washington Redskins signed Simmie Cobbs from the undrafted free agent market. Cobbs, a 2013 OPRF graduate, was an Illinois high school football all-state player that year.
In college, the 6-foot-4 wide receiver caught 72 passes for 841 yards and eight touchdowns at Indiana University in 2017. A first team All-Big Ten selection this season, Cobbs is tied for fourth in program history with seven 100-yard games, and also finished eighth in receptions (139) and ninth in yards (1,990).
Smith invited to Packers camp
The Green Bay Packers invited Miami (Ohio) tight end Ryan Smith to their rookie mini-camp. Smith, a Fenwick alumnus from River Forest, had 92 catches for 1,149 yards and nine touchdowns in 48 games during his college career with the RedHawks.