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Sports Roundup: Minich leads OPRF cross country at Palatine Meet

Huskies finish 28th as multiple runners record best time of season

September 27th, 2018 12:40 PM

OPRF senior Garrett Minich led the way for the Huskies with a team-best time of 16 minutes, 19.5 seconds to finish 113th at the Palatine Meet of Champions. (Submitted photo)

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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

The Oak Park and River Forest boys cross country team finished 28th at the prestigious Palatine Meet of Champions. Senior Garrett Minich led the way for the Huskies with a time of 16 minutes, 19.5 seconds to finish 113th in the individual results.

According to head coach Chris Baldwin, several other runners performed well.

"Garrett Minich and Garrett Credi (17:21.2) were very close to their Peoria times," Baldwin said. "Alfonso Acevedo and Spencer Thorpe had their best times of the season."

Thorpe ran the three-mile race in 17:07.2, while Acevedo recorded a time of 17:32.60.

Other varsity contributors included Gabe Manes (17:30.90), Jack Blatchford (17:34.9) and Anders Lempia (17:44.4).

The junior varsity earned 16th place at the meet. The Huskies' top five had a 32-second split in the race. Jake Cramer (17:17.4/87th) led OPRF, followed by Paul Raduch (17:24.8/106th), Marcello Robbins (17:35.4/117th), Matthew Layden (17:45.3/140th) and Will Vejcik (17:49.8/149th).

"If you saw this race it was just constant runners," Baldwin said. "They had 440 runners in the race, so if you were (a runner) in the middle it was tough to break through until Mile 1."

Baldwin also praised Peter Koenig and Joe McCoy for strong efforts.

"Peter was five minutes faster than last year at the same course," Baldwin said. "Joe was five minutes and 20 seconds faster than the same meet. Overall, 10 out of 12 jv runners that raced here last year ram faster this time."

The sophomore team placed 14th and the freshmen team came in 13th place.

Fenwick boys golf

Josh Kirkham won the Chicago Catholic League Championship with a 2-under par 70. Following Reese Wildermuth (2017) and Jack Mortell (2016), Kirkham became the third consecutive Fenwick golfer to be the varsity medalist and Lawless Player of the Year.

Teammate Jake Wiktor carded a 75 at the CCL Championship.

The Friars earned second in the team standings behind Loyola Academy. Prior to their CCL Championship clash, the Friars edged the Ramblers to go undefeated in dual matches (11-0, 6-0 CCL) through the regular season. Wiktor led Fenwick with a score of 35 against the Ramblers.

In addition to success in dual matches, the Friars fared extremely well in Invitationals this fall. Fenwick took first at the Providence and Mount Carmel Invites and second at the St. Ignatius Invitational.

OPRF girls tennis

Led by a strong senior class of Emma Proctor, Elyse Kanagandram, Jane Belcaster, Cece Kwan, Alejandra Gennatiempo, Kayla Hawkins, Mary Lynch, Caroline Nations, and Tess Pierce, the Huskies are 9-6 this season.

The Huskies' No. 1 doubles team of Sophia Kreider and Maya Jamroz has been particularly effective. They finished fourth at the 16-team Prospect Invitational.

Earlier this season, Kreider and Jamroz earned a runner-up finish at the Deerfield Invitational to power OPRF to a sixth-place showing.

"Sophia and Maya are playing very well," OPRF coach Fred Galluzzo said. "They look promising going into conference and sectional play.

"We have been moving singles players around," he added. "We've also looked at some doubles combos to solidify our lineup for team strength."

The Huskies host Maine South on Oct. 1 in a nonconference dual match.

OPRF will also host the West Suburban Conference championship meet. Match play begins on Friday, Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m.

Fenwick football

The Friars lost to De La Salle 34-7 in Chicago on Sept. 21. Fenwick struggled offensively with three turnovers and scant yardage against the Meteors.

Filling in for injured starting quarterback Danny Cronin, Rian O'Connor went 2-for-12 passing for 32 yards and an interception. He also rushed 10 times for 19 yards including the Friars' lone touchdown.

Senior running back Mitch Lopez had a tough night, gaining 40 yards on 17 carries with two fumbles. Greyson Cone and Brian Moore each had a reception for Fenwick.

Danny Farnan led the defense with eight total tackles and Galvin Wilson finished with seven. Konrad Skowyra (6 tackles, sack) and Max Forst (4.5 tackles, sack) also contributed.

Fenwick (1-4, 0-1 Chicago Catholic League Green) hosts St. Laurence on Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Triton College in River Grove.

The Vikings are 1-0 in the CCL Green, trailing conference leader Mount Carmel which is 2-0 in the league.

OPRF girls volleyball

The Huskies cruised to a pair of straight set victories over Proviso West and Riverside-Brookfield.

OPRF dominated the net against Proviso West as Zora Barnett, Natalie Chizzo, Zahria Woodard, Chole Cantu and Chloe Gill combined for 54 kills. The Huskies consolidated the conference victory with another win against Riverside-Brookfield 25-13, 25-17.

The Huskies hit the road to take on Lyons Township (Oct. 2) and Downers Grove South (Oct. 4). Both matches start at 5:30 p.m.

Fenwick boys soccer

Ari Velliotis, Jack Powers and Sam Patson each scored a goal in the Friars' win over host De La Salle. Francis Ballartin and Patson added an assist apiece for the Friars. Fenwick also defeated visiting Brother Rice 3-1 with a goal each from Beck Luthringshausen, Owen Mackinnon and Patson. Isaiah Curry and Ballarin chipped in an assist apiece.

Fenwick (6-5-1) visits St. Laurnence Thursday, Sept. 27 in a CCL match at 6 p.m. The Friars host Marmion Tuesday, Oct. 7. The game starts 4:30 p.m. at the Priory.

Fenwick boys hockey

After a 1-4 start to the season (including a 4-1 loss against rival OPRF), the Friars responded well with a pair of victories. Fenwick routed Mount Carmel 9-3 and edged New Trier Blue 4-3.

The Friars face Glenbrook North on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Edge Ice Arena (West Rink) in Bensenville. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

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