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 defeated Oak Park and River Forest 48-40 at the Chicago Elite Classic at UIC on Dec. 5. The crosstown rivals could square off again in the sectional semifinals (March 10, 7 p.m.) of the Morton Sectional. Of course, that assumes the Friars and Huskies earn two wins apiece along the way.
Talk about an encore. The Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling team repeated as Class 3A state champs by defeating Sandburg 39-16 in Saturday's final of the IHSA Dual Team Tournament at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The Huskies dominated the Eagles with 10 wins in 14 matches to cap off another memorable title run. Last season, the Huskies beat Marist 31-22 to claim the 3A championship. OPRF has won three state championships over the last seven years.
The Huskies continued their late-season surge with victories over Downers Grove North [65-51] and Hinsdale South [70-44]. Sophomore Cameron Gross scored 20 points and hauled down seven rebounds and freshman Alan Griffin chipped in 15 points against Downers North. Connor Fuller (12 points) and Dallis Flowers (8 points) also contributed for OPRF.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys track and field team consolidated its impressive win over Lake Park by topping St. Ignatius and Fenwick on Saturday. The host Huskies won 14 of 17 events en route to a high score of 111 points, followed by St. Ignatius (28) and Fenwick (3).
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.