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!
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The Park District of Oak Park and Oak Park Elementary School District 97 are partnering to have a synthetic turf athletic field installed at both Percy Julian Middle School and Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School.
Since 2001, the Fenwick High School boys and girls water polo have won a combined 18 state championships. Overall, the boys program claims 20 state titles and 31 Chicago Catholic League/Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference crowns and the girls program owns nine state crowns.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys water polo team split four matches at the Dan Lynch Classic, hosted by Fenwick over the weekend. Results from the tournament were the least concern of head coach John Rapp who is focused on replacing nine seniors this spring
Led by Katie Appell (127 goals, 27 assists, 56 steals in 2014), the Oak Park and River Forest High School girls water polo team finished 25-3 last season. Although Appell, the most prolific scorer in program history has moved on to play at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, coach Beth Perez believes the Huskies can be just as good or even better this spring.
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.