Dave Perry enjoyed Fenwick's ninth state championship in 2011 from a poolside wheelchair before dying of cancer a few months later.
Kyle Perry coached that team with the help of his father, and he and his Friars have no doubt Dave Perry was with them again in spirit this weekend.
Justin White scored three goals, UCLA-bound senior Matt Farmer had two and Tommy McGuire was outstanding in net as Fenwick won its 10th state championship in the 12-year history of the Illinois High School Association tournament with a 10-4 victory over host Stevenson on Saturday night in Lincolnshire.
"I would love to be celebrating with him," Kyle Perry said. "I wish he was thrown in the pool with me. He is definitely with us in spirit. We hung a huge banner at the pool. It is just one more reminder how important he is at Fenwick. He is always on my mind for sure."
Fenwick (31-5) was not the offensive powerhouse the rest of the state has grown accustomed to while Farmer missed most of the season with a broken hand. But the Friars were still competitive with the state's top teams, thanks largely to McGuire.
The Friars celebrated Farmer's return with 44 goals in its three sectional wins, and they were dominant in both ends of the pool this weekend, outscoring three opponents 35-20.
"We grew as a team immensely when Matt was out," senior Matt Bresnahan said. "It was a huge hole there, but we stuck with it and kept our heads straight. Then having him back for sectionals is what gave it to us."
Stevenson (23-10-1) marked its second state final appearance and first since 2004 by taking a 1-0 lead, but as the game drew on, the Patriots were no match for Fenwick.
White scored twice and sophomore Andrew Bertschy also struck during a 3-0 run that gave Fenwick a 5-2 third-quarter lead.