Fenwick Clinches Catholic League North Title

February 6, 2016
One of the best high school basketball teams in the state this season, the Fenwick Friars (20-2) locked up the Catholic League North title on Friday night with a 58-41 win over DePaul Prep (12-12) in the regular season finale for both squads. Fenwick pulled away by scoring 11 straight points after the Rams had closed the gap to 36-31. "I thought we competed very well," DePaul Prep head coach Tom Kleinschmidt said after the loss. "Very proud of our kids. We just panicked in the fourth quarter. They are a good team." Jacob Keller led Fenwick with 18 points while Mike Smith was limited to only nine points for the Friars. Craig Atkins led the Rams with 18 points. Freshman Perry Cowan, who has been one of the best players in the Catholic League, finished with eight points for the Rams. Both teams will now focus on the Catholic League tournament. Providence won the event last year. Fenwick will certainly be a team to watch in Class 3A while Kleinschmidt will guide the Rams in the Class 2A playoffs. DePaul had won seven of its last ten contests. "We are a better basketball team at the end of the season," Kleinschmidt admitted. "We know now what wins and loses basketball games." This team has bright future with eight players returning next season including Cowan. The Rams lost 10 games this season to ranked opponents and should be prepared for postseason play. "We played a great schedule and lost to 10 ranked teams," Kleinschmidt added for a team that had to replace five starters who won 22 games last year.

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