Rachel Smylie had a smile that could light up Oak Park Stadium. When I heard about Smylie's death in a single-car crash on April 7 in Namibia (a country in southern Africa) while studying abroad, like anybody who heard the tragic news, I was deeply saddened.
Of the 18 players on Trinity's soccer roster, Claire Hasley is the lone senior. That's pretty encouraging news for the present and future of a program whose varsity squad went 15-7-1 and won a regional championship in 2013.
Like several area high school baseball and softball programs, Fenwick's softball team wisely traveled to Florida to kick off the season. After enduring a brutal winter like all of us, the Friars picked up three wins in four games in decidedly pleasant conditions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
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.
It's early in the season but kudos to the Oak Park and River Forest High School softball team. Head coach Mel Kolbusz has the Huskies off to solid 5-2 start. OPRF routed Wheaton South 12-2 in five innings on Wendesday (Apr. 9).