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OPRF freshman Maeve Nelson (left) dives on the floor for a loose ball. Photo credit: J. Geil/for Chicago Tribune Media Group

OPRF’s freshman Maeve Nelson already decided on Northwestern
Basketball and softball phenom Maeve Nelson has made a verbal commitment to Northwestern after also considering Michigan and Wisconsin. “Nelson is the best athlete I ever coached,” said Windmills softball coach Mike Solberg. Nelson will turn 15 in May 2015.

Fenwick boys basketball beats Loyola in OT
Mike Ballard netted a free throw with less than a second remaining in overtime to give the Friars an edge over Loyola on Friday, Jan. 23. Teammate Mike Smith set him up nicely by driving the lane and kicking it out to Ballard, who immediately got fouled and sent to the free throw line. The final score was 40-39.

OPRF’s Deandre Enoch makes first start of season, makes immediate impact
Junior Deandre Enoch came back for his first start of the year after being sidelined for two months. His positive impact helped the Huskies basketball team win 50-40 over Wheaton Warrenville South on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Fenwick boys swim team places third at Al Gillberg Invitational
The Friars swim team placed third at the Al Gillberg Invitational hosted at Sandburg High School on Jan 17. Fenwick was led by Michael Hill, who won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.23 seconds, and Cavan Smith, who finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.7 seconds.

Former middle school rivals now best friends and leaders at Trinity
Seniors Patricia Stritzel and Mary Dillon are not only great friends, but charismatic leaders for the Trinity girls basketball team. The two were former middle school basketball rivals as Stritzel attended Immaculate Conception and Dillon played for St. Juliana. The two recently organized a sleepover at Trinity’s gym to help build chemistry within the team, a testament to their leadership capabilities.

Madrigal brothers inspire OPRF wrestling
Junior Alex Madrigal has made an impact on the OPRF wrestling team after transferring from St. Rita. “He’s gotten so much better being a part of the wrestling program,” OPRF coach Paul Collins said. “He loves the spirit. We’re more of a family atmosphere and have camaraderie.” Claiming the program to be a figurative family also carries literal connotations for Madrigal as his brother, freshman Tony Madrigal, wrestles at the 106 weight class.

Brooks outlasts St. Giles to win 2015 OPRF Al Allen Tournament
The Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School boys basketball team defeated neighboring St. Giles to claim the 2015 OPRF Al Allen Village Tournament on Jan. 18.

Brook’s Dashon Enoch and Charlie Hoehne took home Co-MVP awards. Teammates Erick Jordan and Craig Shelton joined the Co-MVP’s on the all-tournament team which was rounded out by Lucas Kolovitz (St. Giles), Ryan Jackson (St. Giles), Luke Fitzgerald (Ascension), Kyle Flournoy (Ascension), Luke Menna (Roosevelt), Jack Doss (St. Luke) and Nathan Diamond (Julian).

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