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Caponigri getting hockey fix
Contrary to what you read, hockey is being played this season. In fact, Oak Park native Paul Caponigri is playing hockey quite well for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.

Caponigri, a rookie forward for the Bullies, has tallied six goals in his last 10 games. As of last week, the former Huskie had scored a goal in five straight home games. He ranked fifth on the Bullies, and 15th among ECHL rookies in scoring with eight goals and 15 points.

Caponigri led Ohio State in scoring last season with 17 goals and 39 points.

Alumni game
The OPRF Huskies Hockey Club will hold its annual Alumni Game on Thursday, Dec. 23rd (8:30 p.m.) at Ridgeland Commons.

The game is a charity event that will help the Bolin-Cooper scholarship fund. 

Several past and present Huskies hockey club members are expected on hand for the game.

"We have a lot of returning people that will likely play and it should be loads of fun," said Dennis Grayson, father of OPRF goalkeeper Bob Grayson.

Winter soccer training
OPRF Strikers Soccer Club will again host its wintertime soccer training "ACORN Academy" on Sundays in local area gyms running Jan-Mar 2005 for young players ages 7-11 (birthdays between 8/1/93 & 7/31/97). Training is provided by professional soccer coaches/trainers. Sessions held on Sundays (There are 11?#34;1 hr. sessions). Cost $135.

There are still openings for this program.  Please download an application at For more information, 771-5269.

Baseball camp
The Concordia Cougar Baseball Program welcomes all boys and girls, ages 7 and up, to attend the Cougar Kids Baseball Camp. The camp will be held in Geiseman Gymnasium at Concordia University, 7400 W. Augusta St., in River Forest.

The camp will be conducted for four weeks on Friday evenings in January and February. Each session will be two weeks in length, with session one running on January 14 and 21, and session two running on February 11 and 18. The areas of focus this year will be hitting and pitching. The hitting instruction will be given by Joe Karasewski, Concordia's hitting coach. Pitching instruction will come from Spiro Lempesis, Concordia head baseball coach, and Jim Paduch, former Cougar player and 12th round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds in 2003.

Participants between the ages of 7-10 will attend from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The session for ages 11 and up will be from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. Cost per session will be $70.00. Sign up for more than one session and receive a $20.00 discount.

There are a limit of spaces in each session, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Spiro Lempesis at 209-3125.


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