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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The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls basketball team lost 10 of 11 games to close out last year. That extended skid is the least of head coach JP Coughlin and the Huskies' worries entering this season. Simply put, OPRF is hoping for healthy players.
Pressure defense has been the trademark of the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball program for years. Entering this season, head coach Matt Maloney is looking to increase the intensity at both ends of the floor by necessity and design. OPRF will start 6-1 Dallis Flowers, 6-0 Breshawn Wilkerson, 6-2 Connor Fuller and 6-3 Elliot Greffin (all guards) along with either 6-4 Brendan Toye or 6-6 Liam Shannon at center.
Memo to all area high school football fans — and to Oak Park and River Forest High and Fenwick head football coaches John Hoerster and Gene Nudo, in particular — remember the names Eric Locke Jr., Tyrell Gaylord, Kelby Grey and the Hachem brothers, Julien and Elias. These promising players, along with their teammates on the Oak Park-River Forest Youth Football Big 10-Featherweight team, could very well represent the future of Huskie and Friar football.
The Fenwick High School football team's bid for a state championship in the Class 7A playoffs came to end Saturday with its 28-10 loss to visiting Libertyville. Senior running back Pat Donahue rushed 25 times for 82 yards and added a four-yard touchdown reception to lead the Friars offensively. Quarterback Jack Beneventi completed 18 of 34 passes for 151 yards with a TD pass an interception.
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.