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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Before Friday's kickoff between Oak Park and River Forest and Lincoln-Way East, the public address announcer for the host Griffins reminded OPRF, "you never get to make a first impression twice" regarding the Huskies' first visit to Frankfort.
When I'm informed by Jim Egan, Sports Information director at Concordia University Chicago, that I'll be interviewing recently hired offensive line coach Joe Jacoby in the Cougars' "coaches' house" on campus, I envision meeting the 13-year National Football League All-Pro offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl champion in a crammed room with game footage rolling in perpetuity, depth charts plastered on the walls and perhaps even some Chinese takeout food strewn around the diagrammed plays. Think of a setting comparable to ESPN's Jon Gruden's QB camp show sans gridiron lingo: "flip right, double-X, Jet, 36 counter, spider 3 Y banana."
Oak Park and River Forest vs. Lincoln-Way East. Wow, what a way to kick off the high school football season! The Huskies have won 16 games over the past two seasons, while the Griffins finished 9-3 and advanced to the state quarterfinals last season. Since Lincoln-Way East High School opened in 2001, the Griffins, remarkably, have never missed the playoffs and own a 2005 state championship and a 2012 state runner-up showing. Each program is led by a dynamic, inspiring coach, John Hoerster at OPRF and Rob Zvonar at Lincoln-Way East.
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.