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September 2020
A Message from the Athletic Director
Future Friars:
We hope that the 2020-2021 school year is off to a good start!  With all of the changes resulting from COVID-19, do your best to stay focused, stay positive, and stay active! We have seen many changes to our athletics schedules this year but are really encouraged by the safety protocols and measures in place at Fenwick. Our coaches and student-athletes are really excited to compete this year.

If you are not too familiar with Fenwick or Fenwick athletics, It is our mission to add to the successes and traditions of the past. In doing so, Fenwick athletics is student-centered, inclusive and filled with life lessons and skills that help our kids succeed in college and beyond. 

Everything we do in athletics should reinforce what our kids are learning from their parents and teachers. As a result, our student-athletes will understand the importance of teamwork, responsibility, work ethic and respect while enjoying some of the most memorable years of their life.

We are very fortunate to have great students, great athletes, and great people! We look forward to getting to know you more in the coming months and would encourage you to stay tuned for any camps or clinics we will be hosting at Fenwick.  All the best this school year!

Mr. Thies

Scott Thies '99
Athletic Director
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Fenwick Athetics This Fall
The Fenwick Girls' Cross Country Team is ranked 3rd in Class 2A!
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Girls’ Swimming starts season off with a win!
Swim Season Preview
Two Female Athletes Make College Decisions!
Congratulations to Fenwick volleyball All-Stater Beau Vanderlaan '21 (left): The 6'2" senior middle blocker from Oak Park has committed to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the prestigious IvyLeague! Friar swimmer Angelina Cakuls '21 (right) from Palos Park has committed to continue her education and athletic career in the pool at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in the MAC!
VIDEO: Class of '20 Grads Playing Sports Collegiately
Six Football Student-Athletes Garner
Interest from Coaches at the Next Level
To date, junior QB Kaden Cobb '22 has eight D1 scholarship offers from Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Howard University, Northern Illinois, Mizzou, Toledo and Vanderbilt.
Junior offensive lineman Jimmy Liston '22 (No. 64) has been offered by Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) and Ball State so far. "Jimbo" also is a heavyweight wrestler for the Friars.
Senior running back Isaac Novak '21 has offers from St. Norbert (in Wisconsin) and Wheeling University (in West Virginia).
To date, 15 colleges have verbally offered athletic scholarships to six Fenwick football players: two seniors and four juniors. Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) offered the four Fenwick juniors on the same day in early September!
Junior slot receiver/tight end Max Reese '22 has offers from Alcorn State, Ball State and Kansas. Max also plays basketball for the Friars.
Junior wide receiver Eian Pugh '22 has been offered by Ball State, Howard and the University of Kansas. Eain also is a Fenwick basketball player.
Senior wide receiver Jonas Capek '21 has D3 offers from Lake Forest College (in Illinois), St. Olaf (in Minnesota) and Roosevelt University (Chicago).
COACHES CORNER: Boys & Girls' Soccer
Varsity Head Coach Craig Blazer
Veteran college soccer coach Craig Blazer is in his second season as the head coach of Fenwick boys’ soccer -- and recenlty was named head of our girls' soccer program as well. Blazer had served as the head men’s coach at DePaul University from 2001-17.

“We felt quite fortunate to be able to bring on a soccer strategist with the breadth of Coach Blazer’s experience,” says Fenwick athletic director Scott Thies, a ’99 alumnus of the school. “He was very successful collegiately at DePaul, and we look forward to him bringing his winning ways to our kicking Friars of Fenwick.” Blazer knows the sport’s fundamentals for teenagers, too, according to Thies. “Craig is a club soccer instructor for FC United out of Glenview [IL], where he works with high school-age athletes, and also runs his own youth soccer training programs for boys and girls.”
Fenwick Coaches Directory
Livestreams of Upcoming Athletic Events
The Fenwick Broadcasting Club is livestreaming selected athletic events this fall and winter. Follow FenwickTV on Instagram, FacebookTwitter or YouTube.
Fenwick Youth Sports Camps & Clinics This Fall
Fenwick is offering youth sports camps for soccer and basketball this fall. Co-ed elementary-school (1st - 8th grade) soccer training program starts this weekend on September 20 and runs Sunday afternoons through November 8.
The middle-school boys' "hoops" clinics begin in October and will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sign up today! Click below for details and fees for both Sports Camps:
Fast Fact: More than 130 eighth- through fourth-graders are attending the Fenwick FAST Youth Football Camp this fall!
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