The Lyons Township High School boys basketball team was hoping to square the regular season series with Oak Park and River Forest at a win apiece on Friday night. The Huskies had other plans, however, racing out to a 13-point lead in the first half en route to a 50-43 victory in Oak Park.
OPRF previously defeated LTHS 47-27 on Dec. 18, 2015.
Trailing 39-31 at the start of the fourth quarter during Friday’s rematch, LTHS made its move with a six-point spurt to pull within 39-37 with 5:30 left in the game. Noah Niego, who finished with a game-high 16 points for the Lions, made a pair of free throws and freshman guard Tyrese Shines (9 points) had two inside baskets during the mini-run.
The teams battled in the closing minutes with LTHS senior guard Cawone Hester tying the game at 41-all on a layup with 2:45 to go. After OPRF sophomore guard Isaiah Fuller responded with a layup to put the Huskies back up 43-41, Hester (11 points) scored another tough basket inside for the second tie of the game at 43-43 with two minutes remaining.
The Huskies converted 5-of-7 free throws and held the Lions scoreless the rest of the way to pull out the win.
RBHS girls basketball
Over the past few seasons, the Riverside-Brookfield and Glenbard South High School girls basketball teams have battled for the Metro Suburban Conference championship with the latter coming out on top.
The teams renewed their rivalry last week with the Raiders coming out ahead again in a 41-38 win over the host Bulldogs. With one conference game left for the Bulldogs and two remaining for the Raiders, both teams could still win an outright conference championship or share of the title.
RBHS junior guard Sam Bloom scored a game-high 17 points with four assists and three steals against Glenbard South. Jessica JnoBaptise (9 points) and Lyndsey Hoyd (8 points, 3 steals) also contributed for RBHS (18-10, 9-2).
Sophomore Ally Daca had 15 points and four rebounds and freshman Maggie Bair added nine points and six rebounds for Glenbard South (14-9, 8-2).
The Bulldogs faced Aurora Central Catholic Tuesday, Feb. 9, after the Landmark’s press time, in their regular season finale.
The Blazers earned both the GCAC Red championship and a measure of revenge with a 51-40 win against Montini at Mother McAuley.
Alisa Fallon scored 14 points and Dee Brown and Lauren Lee contributed 13 apiece as the Blazers (21-5) avenged an earlier loss to Montini this season (43-41 on Dec. 1).
The Blazers’ 14-0 spurt in the second half coupled with a major struggle for Montini offensively paved the way to victory.
Fenwick boys basketball
The Friars capped off a superb regular season with a 58-41 win against DePaul Prep. Jacob Keller scored a team-high 18 points as Fenwick (20-2) finished with a 9-0 record in the Chicago Catholic League.
Senior point guard Mike Smith was named the CCL Player of the Year. Along with Smith, Mike Ballard earned first-team CCL recognition, while Jamal Nixon and Keller were chosen as all-conference players. Fenwick coach Rick Malnati was named the CCL Coach of the Year.
Fenwick, the top seed in the CCL Tournament, hosts the winner of Providence-St. Mel/Marmion on Friday at 7 p.m.
Fenwick boys swimming
Senior Cavan Smith and his Fenwick relay teammates began Saturday’s Metro Catholic Aquatic Championships in Oak Park with a victory and ended with a personal triumph.
The Friars (316 points) were second to St. Ignatius (338) with their lone victory the 200 medley relay of sophomore Tommy Bartecki and seniors Chez Daggs, Smith and Mickey McGuire (1:39.77).
Their fourth-place 400 free relay of Smith, senior Ryan Clark, McGuire and freshman Liam Hutchinson (3:16.28) also appears on pace to beat the state cut of 3:13.84 at the Fenwick Sectional Feb. 20.
“It’s a whole new ballgame for us,” Smith said. “I’ve been to state freshman, sophomore and junior year for the (200) medley and sophomore and junior year for the 200 freestyle (relays), but I’ve never gone for the 400 freestyle so this is super exciting.”
The 200 free relay of McGuire, Daggs, Clark and Smith (1:29.73) was second. Smith (100 butterfly in 52.38) and Bartecki (100 backstroke in 55.26) were third. Hutchinson was fourth in the 200 free (1:48.05) and fifth in the 500 free (4:52.72).
The medley relay won by .13 seconds over Brother Rice.
The Lyons Township girls gymnastics team just missed qualifying as a team for the Hinsdale Central Sectional on Wednesday, Feb. 10, but five gymnasts advanced as individuals with their scores at the Hinsdale Central Sectional Thursday, Feb. 4.
The Lions’ 134.975 points was second to the host Red Devils’ season-high 138.575 and missed the last of two at-large sectional team berths by just .15.
Sophomore Sarah Halm won floor exercise (9.2) and uneven bars (8.575) and was fourth in all-around (34.275). She advanced in all three events automatically with top-five regional finishes.
Freshman Olivia Kalata won balance beam (8.7), was second in all-around (34.95) and uneven bars (8.45), was fifth on floor (8.75) and advanced at-large on vault (9.05).
Sophomore Julia Cozzi was fourth on beam (8.55) and advanced at-large in all-around (33.025) and uneven bars (8.1).
Senior Michelle Flaws (8.0 on beam) and junior Cara Rasmussen (8.025 on uneven bars) advanced with the final at-large scores for their respective events.
The Fenwick High School wrestling team finished third with 101 points at the Elmwood Park Regional in the Class 2A individual state tournament. St. Patrick (213) placed first and the host Tigers (144.5) second.
Recording top-three finishes, Fenwick wrestlers Adam Aguilar, Sean McGee, Brian Ziech, Will Flaherty, Harrison Graves and Liam Mahon advanced to the Antioch Sectional.
Aguilar, The Friars’ lone regional champion, defeated St. Patrick’s Thomas Godsel by a 12-0 major decision to win the 132-pound weight class.