It was a strong spring for the local private schools with Fenwick piling up records and titles and Nazareth seeing some postseason successes as well. Here's a look at the highlights of the spring sports season for both schools.
1. Fenwick water polo domination
The girls water polo team won its eighth state title and third in four years by beating defending state champion St. Ignatius 6-3 in the final. Colleen Barron, Alexa Ovalle and Catie Wallace were first-team all-state. Meanwhile, the boys team lost in double overtime in the state final, but made its 11th appearance in the state title game. Danny Farmer and Omar Calderon were first-team all-state for the Fenwick boys.
2. Roadrunners win another baseball regional
Nazareth's five-year run of winning a baseball sectional came to an end, but not before the Roadrunners won another regional title. Featuring nine seniors that are committed to play college baseball, including Division I recruits Jake Bartels (Western Michigan), Tim DalPorto (Kent State) and Peter Minella (Western Illinois), Nazareth won its sixth straight regional.
3. Friars win first baseball sectional
While Nazareth's sectional title run came to an end, Fenwick can dream of starting one of its own. The Friars, which upset top seed Nazareth 3-0 in the sectional semifinal thanks to a strong pitching performance from Kevin Forde, beat Montini in the sectional final to win the first sectional title in program history.
4. Naz soccer shines with young roster
The Roadrunners won their seventh regional in girls soccer despite having just three seniors on the roster. Juniors Peggy Masterson and Emily Beedie earned East Suburban Catholic all-conference honors to help lead Nazareth to a sectional final and a 13-8-3 record.
5. Friar softball wins back-to-back regionals
Despite moving up from Class 3A to 4A, Fenwick won a regional for the second year in a row. The Friars shut out Von Steuben and Leyden to win the regional they hosted. Jenna Cairo, Jessica Mrozek, Ashley Parenti, Val Perrelli and Maggie Horn had standout season for Fenwick.
6. Record win total for Nazareth volleyball
Nazareth boys volleyball is a nascent program and is still without a regional plaque, but showed continued progress this spring by winning 19 matches, a new school record. The Roadrunners won tournament titles at Thornton Fractional North and IMSA.
7. Three Friars earn all-state track honors
Fenwick had three track athletes earn state medals after strong performances at the Class 2A state meet. Grace Cronin was top six in three events, placing second in the 100-meter high hurdles, third in the 300-meter low hurdles and sixth in the high jump as a sophomore. Junior distance runner Olivia Ryan was all-state in both the 1,600 (sixth place) and the 3,200 (ninth), to bring her career medal total to five. On the boys side, junior Salvatore Flight crossed the finish line in fourth in the 1,600.