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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With essentially five new starters and a four-guard offense this season, the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball team is a still a work in progress. At 5-3, the Huskies losses have been against three high quality teams in crosstown rival Fenwick, Riverside-Brookfield and Lyons Township.
Visiting LTHS delivered the Huskies their latest loss, a 60-51 decision, at the OPRF Field House on Friday night.
With prolific teammates/state champions like Larry Early and Kamal Bey, Oak Park and River Forest wrestler Isaiah White, amazingly, is but one of three Class 3A state champs in the Huskies' loaded lineup. Over the weekend, however, White etched an unprecedented place in OPRF wrestling history as the first Huskie to win a title at the Walsh Ironman tournament hosted by Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
OPRF senior center Brendan Toye knows his role with the up-tempo, high-scoring Huskies. His no-frills job is to hustle, defend, set screens, rebound and essentially provide energy all over the court. On Saturday, Toye enjoyed a glorious, albeit fleeting, moment as the Huskies' most valuable scorer.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum has selected its honorees to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 5-6, 2015, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Distinguished Members selected for the Class of 2015 include Frank Bettucci, Joe Gonzales, Sammie Henson, and Greg Johnson. The other recipients are Outstanding American Mike Golic, Order of Merit recipient Dr. David "Doc" Bennett, Medal of Courage recipient Mike Powell, and Lifetime Achievement for an Official Kenny Ritchie.
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.