Very interesting story about a hometown athlete who makes it big. Story featured a lot of voices. It provided nice insights into the subject.
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Plus, he was given the 1st Place Award for Best Sports Column!
"Great artwork. It carries both sections submitted. The OPRF Playoff football artwork was stellar and used well. Layout is also well-done. Stories are good."
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Fenwick seniors Chris Hawthorne and Harry Bell are fine football players who anchor the Friars' defense. The two playmakers collaborated for the team's lone score against Montini Friday night. Hawthorne blocked a punt which was scooped up by Bell and returned for a touchdown in the Friars' 24-7 loss at Montini.
With a win tonight, Hinsdale Central takes over second place from OPRF in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division. While the Red Devils are a very solid team with plenty of scoring threats, the Huskies have more. Prediction: OPRF 35-21
During halftime of the Huskies' 49-35 win over visiting Lyons Township on Oct. 10, public address announcer Michael Lefevre read several interesting facts and figures about the history of OPRF Stadium. The OPRF community is celebrating the historic venue's 90th anniversary this season.
If you ever want to get a sense of where the Oak Park and River Forest High School football team is mentally before a game, just look into senior safety Max Metzgar's eyes. He's a 5-10, 170-pound senior known for wearing eye tape every week with a message.
I suppose any time OPRF and Fenwick square off in an athletic event, that's the best matchup (and rivalry) in town. In over a decade and change of area sports coverage, I've also discovered that the annual baseball series between OPRF and Lyons Township is about as good as it gets.
On Saturday I attended my first, "The Race That's Good For Life" annual race and I must say I was extremely impressed by the entire experience. A record crowd turned out to support Oak Park's annual race. There were races for men, women and kids and a feeling of fellowship, fun and plenty of competitive running permeated the race headquarters scene at OPRF.