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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In limited playing time, OPRF senior cornerback Jack Kotte has made his share of plays. This season, he has 5.5 tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass breakups and he also had an interception in the Huskies' 58-7 win over Morton to close out the regular season.
DJ Steward is a long, athletic and fluid swingman who plays on the 7th grade basketball team at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. Luke Fitzgerald is a big combo guard with excellent court vision on the 8th grade team Ascension. Phil Saleh is a talented 6-foot-2 freshman at Oak Park-River Forest High School, who plans on trying out for the Huskies this winter.
The Oak Park and River Forest and Fenwick High School football teams both lost a pair of costly conference games that have created relatively unenviable playoff draws. The Huskies take on Barrington, Fri., Oct. 31 (7:30 p. m.) while the Friars will face Highland Park, Sat. Nov. 1 (6 p. m.) in a pair of difficult first round matchups on the road.
Here's a closer look at the Huskies (7-2, 4-2) and Friars (5-4, 2-2) as they prepare for the IHSA Class 8A and 7A state playoffs, respectively.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls tennis team scored 11 points to earn a share of 19th place with Glenbard East and Rockford Guilford at the IHSA state tournament over the weekend. The Huskies' top singles player, Taylor Arends, won four of six matches at state.
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.