The OPRF football team did it. The Huskies won their first state playoff game since 1992 by slipping past West Suburban (Silver) Conference rival Hinsdale Central 28-24 at Dickinson Field in Hinsdale on Friday night, and luck had nothing to do with it.
The mohawk haircut has been a staple of OPRF soccer since 2005, possibly even longer. Its origin is believed to have derived from a discussion between coaches and players about having a warrior mentality. This season every OPRF varsity soccer player sported a mohawk, and the warrior mentality was prominently on display, especially in the postseason.
Concordia University-Chicago President John Johnson released a letter Wednesday stating that former head baseball coach Spiro Lempesis was fired abruptly over two years ago after allegations surfaced of inappropriate sexual conduct involving the coach.
It was a hot summer day and OPRF head football coach John Hoerster was standing in the middle of the street on the 600 block of South Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park enjoying the drumbeat from a live band and the refreshing taste of a cold beverage.
After finishing the regular season with a turnover plagued 26-23 loss to Proviso West at home on Friday night, the OPRF football team now turns its attention to another West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe to begin the first round of the Class 8A State playoffs.
Here's the distance between the start and the finish lines of that heroic Chicago Marathon you hear so much about every year: 26 miles, 385 yards. Here's the difference in age between Oak Park's youngest and oldest Chicago Marathon competitors: 51 years. Both finished the race without much agony. Both ran it for the same reasons.
They outlasted York for a 55-41 victory, and they came-from-behind to edge Lyons Township 35-34 the week before. On Friday night at Hinsdale Central, the OPRF football team showcased more of the same late-game heroics to pull off a stunning 42-41 overtime victory against the highly-ranked Red Devils.