Nazareth, Fenwick and St. Joseph 2013 spring sports highlight reel
Local private schools had good things to show from the spring season. Nazareth, Fenwick and St. Joseph each had quality springs. Here are the spring sports highlights from those schools.
5: Consecutive sectional titles for the Roadrunners
Highlight: Nazareth has made a habit of playoff runs recently and this year was no exception. The Roadrunners won a Class 3A sectional for the fifth time in a row. They failed to make a third straight trip to state after getting no-hit in the supersectional but still managed a 25-win season. Senior Mike Stromberg was a rock behind the plate for Nazareth, and juniors Jake Bartels and Peter Minella will be expected to lead the team next year.
4: Consecutive regional titles for Nazareth softball
Highlight: The Roadrunner baseball team isn't the only sport at Nazareth accumulating a string of playoff success. The Nazareth softball team won its fourth straight regional with a 9-2 win at Riverside Brookfield. Senior Holly Haberkorn and freshman Karah Ritacco were all-conference performers for the Roadrunners in their first season on an all-turf field on campus.
15: Years since the last time Fenwick won a sectional title, prior to this spring
Highlight: The Friars had a winning season with a 21-16 record but got hot in the playoffs. Fenwick won a Class 3A sectional after entering as the No. 4 seed and lost to eventual state champion Glenbard South 1-0 in 11 innings in the supersectional. Juniors Jess Mrozek and Jenna Cairo were all-conference in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
FENWICK GIRLS SOCCER
2: State trophies Fenwick has in girls soccer.
Highlight: The Friars earned the highest finish in school history with a third-place finish in Class 2A. A senior-heavy squad led by Providence-bound Bridget Hillsman and Marquette-recruit Cali Pyzdrowski gave up just two goals in the five matches leading up to the state semifinals. There, the Friars lost 2-1 to eventual champion Glenwood, but rebounded in the third-place match.
FENWICK BOYS WATER POLO
10: State titles in the last 12 years for Fenwick
Highlight: It's no secret that Fenwick is the top water polo program in the state. After a one-year absence, the Friars reclaimed the state championship and won the three matches at state by a combined 15 goals. UCLA-recruit Matt Farmer finished his standout career by joining Matt Bresnahan on the first-team all-state team.
FENWICK GIRLS WATER POLO
10: Consecutive state tournament appearances for the Friars
Highlight: The Friars were unable to defend their back-to-back state championships but made the state tournament yet again. Fenwick was knocked out in the state quarterfinals. Juniors Cara Borkovec and Colleen Barron were both first-team all-state selections.
ST. JOSEPH BASEBALL
1967: The last time the Chargers had won a conference title in baseball.
Highlight: St. Joseph has developed into a solid program over the last few years under coach Jay Meath, but the Chargers took an extra step this spring. They won the Chicago Catholic League White title to snap a 46-year conference title drought. Senior two-way players Ryan Moritz and Trayvon Johnson led the way for the Chargers.
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