Monday, March 18, 2013
Fenwick High School in Oak Park fired 28-year coach John Quinn, the brother of the Illinois governor.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn lashed out at Fenwick High School for firing his brother as the boys basketball coach, according to The Chicago Tribune. His brother, John Quinn, is a Hall of Fame coach with 469 wins in his 28-year career. He will remain on the faculty at Fenwick but no longer coach. “He’s a kind and gentle man who understands the importance of sportsmanship, and I feel that my high school has lost its soul,” Quinn said at a speech in front of the Capitol, according to the Tribune. “It’s a devastating blow to my brother, John, and I think the administration there has let down the students, the alumni and shame on them.” Pat Quinn is an alumnus of Fenwick. According to the Tribune, Fenwick "decided to make a change in its …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Oak Park-River Forest faces Proviso East in the boys basketball Class 4A sectional title game.
The Illinois boys basketball playoffs is down to its "Super Sixteen," and area schools Proviso East and Oak Park-River Forest will battle tonight for the sectional crown. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Schaumburg High School, 1100 W Schaumburg Rd. The winner will head to the supersectionals to face the winner of West Aurora vs. Benet. OPRF has survived in close games thus far, winning three by a total of 12 points. Proviso East, on the other hand, has run up the score, averaging 77 ppg in its three games thus far. We'll see how they perform against a stingier defense. No. 3 OPRF No. 1 Proviso East In its latest power rankings, the Tribune lists Proviso East as the No. 4 team in state.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Morton uses 13-0 run in fourth quarter to beat Friars 59-48.
The Fenwick boys basketball team took a two-point lead into the final six minutes of its Class 4A Willowbrook regional semifinal, and appeared primed for a strong finish. Not only did the Friars have momentum, but their opponent looked tired. That advantage turned out to be fleeting, however. Morton found renewed energy in the success of its press and used a 13-0 run to beat Fenwick 59-48 Wednesday night in Villa Park. Guard Jeff Jarosz scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mustangs (18-9). “Their star guard, Jarosz, just stepped up,” Fenwick coach John Quinn said. “We held him pretty much in check through three quarters. It’s just he’s got the capacity to make a lot of plays. He’s such a winner for their …
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
York beats OPRF, 67-52, in the Class 4A boys basketball regional semifinals.
After losing to York twice during the regular season, the Oak Park-River Forest boys basketball team hoped to reverse the outcome in the third meeting. That was an emerging possibility when the Huskies pulled ahead of York early in the second half of Tuesday’s Class 4A Oak Park regional semifinal game. But then the Huskies had trouble putting the ball in the basket. The result was not pretty, with York pulling away and beating them again, 67-52. The stat sheet told the story. After shooting 58 percent from the field in the first half, OPRF (10-13) shot just 15 percent (4 for 27) in the second half. “That’s not going to get it done,” Huskies coach Matt Maloney. Jakari Cammon’s pair of free throws gave OPRF its first and only lead of the…
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Lions win 76-56 in battle for first place in West Suburban Silver.
The Oak Park-River Forest High School boys basketball team knew Lyons Township’s 1-3-1 half-court trap was coming. As it turned out, that didn’t make it any easier to handle. Lyons created all sorts of problems and changed the game for good when it unveiled its trap in the first half. The Lions rode their defense to an avalanche of momentum and an eventual 76-56 victory Friday night in Oak Park in a battle for sole possession of first place in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division. Things looked rosy for OPRF (7-5, 3-1) early when Josh Lang threw down a breakaway dunk and Gabe Levin drilled a three-pointer to put the home team up 15-11 in the first quarter. But Lyons (13-2, 4-0) was just breaking out its trap. The defensive switch …
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Friars knocked out of Proviso West Tournament after 50-48 loss to Shamrocks Wednesday.
HILLSIDE – Throughout the years, the boys basketball teams from Fenwick and St. Patrick always seem to find a way to play each other. This year was no different, with the geographical rivals finding themselves pitted against each other with a trip to the Proviso West Tournament consolation title game on the line Wednesday. Fenwick jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but the Friars' shot in the final seconds to tie the game came up just short. St. Pat's moved on with a 50-48 win to face Glenbrook North for the consolation title Thursday at 2:15 p.m. "We were making a push there," Fenwick junior Samuel Ainsworth said. "I thought we were going to get it done. We had a good play there at the end, we just didn't execute it all …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Fenwick boys stay alive in the consolation bracket at Proviso West by cruising to win Tuesday.
HILLSIDE – After facing the challenge of playing against one of the state's best players and best teams Monday, Fenwick's boys basketball team had to bounce back Tuesday against Hinsdale Central at the Proviso West Tournament. The hangover of losing to Wayne Blackshear and Morgan Park Monday did not last long, however. The Friars led by as many as 28 points before coasting to a 59-48 win over Hinsdale Central. The win keeps the Friars' hopes of winning the consolation championship alive. They will face St. Patrick Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. "It will come down to who is ready to play and who wants to win the consolation championship, which is our goal," Fenwick coach John Quinn said. "It's a great goal in this tournament. Since I've been …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Louisville recruit Wayne Blackshear pours 40 points on the Friars in opening-round loss at the Proviso West Tournament.
HILLSIDE – Members of Fenwick's boys basketball team knew they had their hands full in Monday's Proviso West Tournament opener against Morgan Park. Going up against the unbeaten Mustangs, led by Louisville recruit Wayne Blackshear, couldn't have been a tougher test for the Friars, especially with starters Dylan Barnett and Peter Haefner both sidelined with ankle injuries. Fenwick saw plenty of Blackshear, who poured in 40 points to lead Morgan Park to an 82-56 win. The Friars play in the consolation bracket today at 1:45 p.m. against Hinsdale Central, who lost by a point in overtime to Proviso East Monday. "(Blackshear is) a talented kid, and that's a talented team," Fenwick coach John Quinn said. "We fell behind 10-0 and tried to fight …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Boys squad wins 64-52; girls team registers 60-50 victory behind Hall's 27 points.
One improvement that Oak Park River Forest boys basketball coach Matt Maloney sought for his team going into its West Suburban Silver matchup versus Hinsdale Central Friday night was their free throw shooting — particularly in the fourth quarter. A poor efforst at the foul line had contributed to the Huskies' tough four-point loss to Evanston on Dec. 14 However, knocking down free throws over the final eight minutes wasn't an issue this time around, as OPRF nailed 13 of 17 — including eight in a row from Ka'Darryl Bell — en route to beating the Red Devils, 64-52. Overall, Bell was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line. He tied teammate Brian Miller for game scoring honors with 15 points. Bell scored all of his points in the second half — a …