The OPRF No. 1 doubles team of Jeremy Dixon and Graham Lehman reeled off five consecutive victories highlighted by a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Stevenson's Pawel Jaworski and Josh Lieberman at Saturday's state finals.
The OPRF boys track and field 800-meter relay team of Jamal Baggett, Lionel Towns, Desmond Bird-Murphy and Tariq Taylor ran a time of 1:28.78 to finish second behind champion Edwardsville (1:27.98) at Saturday's Class 3A State Finals hosted by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
It had been three years since the Oak Park and River Forest softball team had won a regional championship, but Saturday's dominant performance against Lane Tech in the Class 4A playoffs sure made it worth the wait.
A Memorial Day commemoration at the Peace Triumphant statue in newly renovated Scoville Park and River Forest's 88th annual Memorial Day Parade will be held to honor the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces.
McKenzee Kroeschell capped off her Huskies career in style by taking second place in the pole vault clearing 12 feet at Saturday's Class 3A state finals. Lake Forest's Carly Schmidt claimed the state title (13.00). Kroeschell, the most prolific pole vaulter in OPRF history, will compete at Wichita State next season.
It's never easy when a track and field team loses a top sprinter like Zach Booth (left hamstring injury), but luckily the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys squad has speed to burn with Tariq Taylor and Jamal Baggett at the ready. Taylor and Baggett fueled the Huskies' run to third place (93 points) at the St. Ignatius Sectional hosted by Concordia last week. St. Ignatius claimed the sectional title with 115 points followed by Lane Tech (97 points).