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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Fresh off a 10-2 record and Class 7A state quarterfinals appearance last season, Lincoln-Way East (with 14 returning starters) rolled into OPRF Stadium understandably confident on Friday night. What the Griffens, a preseason consensus Top 6 team in both Chicago daily newspapers, may have accounted for but couldn't handle was the host Huskies' suffocating defense. After a 48-minute tussle of hard hitting, OPRF notched the numbers that really count with a 14-13 win over Lincoln-Way East.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School football team had speed to burn last year. In the long run, however, the Huskies were painfully reminded that each season truly is a marathon not a sprint. No one took that lesson more to heart than head coach John Hoerster. After a blistering 5-0 start in which the Huskies outscored their opponents 216-71, the team struggled the second half of the season losing 3 of 5 games to finish 7-3 overall.
Since Fenwick High School head football coach Gene Nudo took over the program in 2012, the Friars have added several chapters to their storied tradition including an Elite 8 appearance in the Class 7A state playoffs last season and consecutive Chicago Catholic League White Division championships (2012/2013).
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.