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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