Nearly eight hours before his team took the Stevenson pool to play Loyola for a state championship, Fenwick boys water polo coach Kyle Perry talked about winning a state title next season.
Win or lose against the Ramblers later that night, Perry said, the next day would begin the singular focus of winning the state title in 2015. The state championship is always the expectation at Fenwick and the Friars spend literally all year striving toward that achievement.
“Day one, we’re talking — and it’s not quiet — it’s like, ‘This is what the goal is,’ ” said Perry, after Fenwick beat Naperville North in the state semifinals on Saturday. “We’re not being arrogant. We’re not bragging. We’re not making ridiculous claims. … On Sunday they’re already thinking about next year and what next year’s going to look like.”
Fenwick didn’t win its 11th state championship on Saturday. The Friars rallied from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to send the title game into overtime, but Loyola won 11-10 by scoring with eight seconds remaining in the second overtime period.Fenwick