Boys basketball: Freshman year paved the way to Friars’ success

<p>Fenwick senior Dan Dwyer attempts a jump shot over Orr senior Sire Carroll during the Class 3A Westinghouse Sectional final. | Michael Jarecki/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Fenwick senior Dan Dwyer attempts a jump shot over Orr senior Sire Carroll during the Class 3A Westinghouse Sectional final. | Michael Jarecki/For Sun-Times Media

When asked about their favorite memory as Fenwick basketball players, Dan Dwyer and Tom Planek shared the same answer.

The two Fenwick seniors never forgot their first season when the future varsity starters went 25-1 with the freshman team. The only loss that season was their last game, to Brother Rice after beating the Crusaders earlier in the season.

The coach of that team was Mike Poleski, a 1994 Fenwick graduate and Oak Park native, who left the program after the 2013 season.

“That was a great group of kids. It was special,” Poleski said. “There a few times when you have a team like that.”

Poleski said the Friars won that season by an average of 15 points and his four key players, Dwyer, Planek, Scott Lindsey and Keshaun Smith, became starters for this year’s varsity team. Dwyer and Planek played on the varsity as sophomores.

[Read the full story on High School Cube News.]

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