Fenwick golfer Josh Kirkham carded a 70 to place second at the Providence Invite over the weekend. Teammates Jackson Schaeffer (73) and Jake Wiktor (74) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Fenwick won the invite with a score of 293.

The Friars are off to a terrific start this season with an 8-0 record in dual matches plus invite titles at Mount Carmel and Providence. And they took third in the season-opening St. Ignatius Invitational.

Fenwick takes on Marmion at the Aurora Country Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

OPRF boys golf

Hard work pays off. That’s certainly been the case this fall for OPRF golfer Andrew Corsini. He carded a 76 to finish in fourth place at St. Rita over the weekend. Earlier this season, he also medaled with a 74 as the team took third at Mount Carmel Invite.

“Andrew played a lot of competitive golf this summer and it’s paying off in our early tournaments,” OPRF coach Bill Young said. “He posted two impressive scores, particularly at St. Rita, which included tough conditions.”

Aside from their fourth-place showing at the Southside Shootout hosted by St. Rita at Glenwoodie Golf  Club, the Huskies lost 162-155 against York in a conference dual match.

OPRF faces Downers Grove North on Thursday, Sept. 13. The conference match starts at 4 p.m. at the Oak Park Country Club.

OPRF boys soccer

Fresh off the momentum of a successful 2017 campaign, the Huskies have maintained their winning ways this fall. OPRF finished with the best record at the Great Midwest Classic at North Central High School in Indianapolis over the weekend.

The Huskies defeated Michigan-based teams Columbus North 5-0 and De La Salle Collegiate 2-0 and tied tournament host North Central 0-0.

Paul Garcia led the offense with three goals, while James Maguire and Jamie Guillen contributed a goal and two assists apiece. Collin McKitrick had a goal and an assist and Sam Pecenka the goalkeeper notched all three shutouts.

“The team really came together at the tourney in Indy,” OPRF coach Jason Fried said. “They played very smart soccer and adjusted well to very rainy weather. Our defense and goalkeeping really played organized against some very good teams. We didn’t give up a single goal throughout the entire tournament.”

OPRF (7-1-1) takes on host Downers Grove South in a conference crossover match on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

“At the beginning of the season, the team is always trying to find its stride,” Fried said. “We just need to keep building on this, keep getting better and not be content with where we are as a team.”

Fenwick girls volleyball

The Friars split a pair of matches against Timothy Christian and York. McKenzie Moorman had 15 kills and Kate Beltrame led defensively with 12 digs in a 25-17, 25-14 win over visiting Timothy Christian. York defeated Fenwick 25-17, 25-17 in Elmhurst.

“After the York match, we went back to the drawing board,” Fenwick coach Kathleen O’Laughlin said. “We made some lineup changes and moved a few key players around. We came back strong against a Timothy Christian team that had a 7-1 record entering the match.”

The Friars square off against rival/host OPRF on Thursday, Sept. 13 (5:30 p.m. match).

The junior varsity team won the Latin Tournament over the weekend.

OPRF girls volleyball

The Huskies snapped an extended losing streak (10 years) against York. OPRF swept the visiting Dukes 25-21, 25-20 in its conference opener. The Huskies improved to 6-8 on the season as Natalie Chizzo led the way with six kills and four blocks. Zora Barnett (4 kills, block) and Zahria Woodard (4 kills, 4 blocks), Chloe Cantu (5 kills) and Ella Olson (5 aces) played well against the Dukes. Ella Dunavan chipped in eight digs to lead the defense.

Fenwick football

The Friars remained winless after a 35-3 loss against host Brother Rice in Chicago. Fenwick finished with 36 yards of offense via the pass and run. Quarterback Danny Cronin completed 3 of 20 passes for 18 yards and rushed four times for -18 yards. Running back Mitch Lopez had 13 carries for 25 yards.

The Friars have not scored a touchdown in 11 quarters.

All-conference kicker Brian Down kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Friars’ lone score.

Danny Farnan led defensively with 11 tackles and Tom Dvorak had seven tackles and a forced fumble. Marc Thomas (6.5 tackles, fumble recovery), Jarod Taylor (6 tackles), Bryce Legan (5.5 tackles) also contributed for the Friars.

Fenwick faces Leo on Saturday, Sept. 15 at St. Rita. Kickoff is 3 p.m.

OPRF girls tennis

The Huskies placed sixth at the Deerfield Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8. The No. 1 doubles team of Maya Jamroz and Sophia Kreider finished as runner-up to Lake Forest. OPRF is 5-3 this fall with a senior-laden roster, including Emma Proctor, Elyse Kanagandram, Jane Belcaster, Cece Kwan, Alejandra Gennatiempo, Kayla Hawkins, Mary Lynch, Caroline Nations, Tess Pierce, Jamroz and Kreide

Fenwick boys soccer

The Friars battled DePaul Prep to a 0-0 tie. In its Chicago Catholic League opener, Fenwick blanked Montini 3-0 at the Dominican Priory. Anders Luthringshausen scored twice and Daniel Ballarin chipped in a goal. Goalkeepers Jakob Arquette and Marko Brajkovic held the Broncos scoreless.

Fenwick girls cross country

Despite missing two of its top runners, Laura Durkin and Arlene Amaya, the Friars ran well at the Joliet Steelmen Invitational with a sixth-place finish and score of 144.

The Friars’ Marie O’Brien medaled with a time of 20 minutes, 10.2 seconds over the three-mile trail and 18th place finish. Maria Quinn (20:28.6/25th) and Katie Cahill (20:32.2/27th) also ran well for the Friars.

Out of 37 Fenwick runners, 25 recorded a season-best or personal-record time.

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