Ellis Coleman's story is one of rags to riches, although the riches have come in the form of glory attributed to the wrestler's hard work and determination. That's why local supporters have gotten together to help the 2009 graduate of OPRF High School on his quest to win gold at the 2012 Olympics in London in July.
Residency issues aren't uncommon at OPRF High School. Students have falsely enrolled at the school while living in Chicago or elsewhere outside District 200. But parents living in Oak Park and clandestinely sending their kid to a public school in Chicago? It's a bit unusual … unless it has to do with high school basketball.
When the publisher of Wednesday Journal, Dan Haley, a happy White Sox fan, advised me, a miserable Cubs fan, to write up a blog entry on Oak Park Youth Baseball and Softball's 32nd Annual Sox Night fundraiser, I wanted to respectfully decline.
High school basketball hasn't exactly needed a pick-me-up over the years. The frenetic energy of the game has been maintained despite the presence of a shot clock and it seems as though it will remain that way for a while.