OPRF golfers John Parker, left, and Andrew Corsini are the team's top leaders and performers. Both advanced to the sectional round of the state playoffs. | Courtesy of Bill Young

Although it wasn’t a head-to-head matchup, Fenwick and OPRF boys competed in the same golf regional of the Class 3A state playoffs. While the Friars advanced to sectionals, both of the crosstown rivals qualified multiple golfers for the next round of the postseason.

The Friars’ Josh Kirkham (one-over 72) placed third and Jackson Schaeffer (four-over 75) was fifth at the Lane Regional. Teammate Jake Wiktor carded a 77 on the Hilldale Golf Club course in Hoffman Estates.

Fenwick finished second with a score of 309, trailing only regional champion York (298) from the West Suburban Conference. Lake Park (326) joined the Dukes and Friars as sectional qualifiers.

OPRF came in fourth with a score of 330, just four strokes behind Lake Park. Despite not advancing to sectionals in the team standings, the Huskies still sent four golfers to the next round. Seniors John Parker and Andrew Corsini led the team with scores of 75 and 76, respectively, while junior Jake McIntosh (88) and freshman Nate Bibbey (91) also advanced for the Huskies.

Trinity golf

The Blazers advanced to sectional play with a third-place showing at their own Class 1A regional. Junior Brianna Sullivan shot a 98 and sophomore Katarina Sheirok a 99 to lead Trinity to a score of 428. Elizabeth Laffey (114), Lauren Considine (117), Bridget Sturbis (122) and Faith Radford (138) also contributed.

St. Francis scored 366 to win the regional, followed by Latin at 389.

OPRF girls cross country

The Huskies had five of the top 10 finishers to win the Loyola Lakefront Invitational. OPRF took first with 37 points, followed by Whitney Young (58), Latin (90) and Lane Tech (119). Hosted by Loyola University at Montrose Harbor, 19 teams competed in the race. 

The Huskies’ Violet Harper (19:07.32/5th place), Nora Wollen (19:07.36/6th), Samantha Duwe (19:13.28/7th), Hanna Thompson (19:18.47/9th) and Josephine Welin (19:26.2/10th) set a terrific pace for the team. Teammates Audrey Lewis (20:28.46), Parker Hulen (20:30.58) and Maggie Baron (20:31.89) placed among the top 20.

Trinity cross country

Senior Alexis Cohn led the sophomore-laden Blazers to fourth place at the Pat Savage Invitational. She recorded a time of 19:03.54 to come in eighth. Sophomores Kate Foley (20:19.07), Sylvia Ritzler (20:25.5), Courtney Yungerman (21:15.89), Annabel Halloran (21:44.02), Jessica Hoffman (22:02.13) and Nora Clements (22:53.7), along with junior Alexandra Morelli (24:37.96), ran as well.

OPRF boys cross country

Senior Garrett Minich led the Huskies with a time of 16 minutes, 45.5 seconds to finish 77th at the Naperville Twilight Invite. Hosted by Naperville North, Alfonso Acevedo (17:29.4/123rd place), Spencer Thorpe (17:30.0/124th), Paul Raducha (17.56.9/137th) and Marcello Robbins (18; 04.7/140th) recorded the Huskies’ other top times over the 3-mile race in warm and windy conditions.

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