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.
Although the highly anticipated openings of the Paul Hruby Ice Arena and the pool at Ridgeland Common won't happen until mid-June, Oak Parkers can check out the new synthetic turf field and reopened dog park this weekend. Both amenities will debut Saturday at an event hosted by the Park District of Oak Park.
Fenwick High School and Triton College are in discussions about a multi-million dollar investment in shared athletic facilities on the community college's River Grove campus. Dominican University is also a party in the discussions according to comments made by a Triton official at a recent public meeting.