With five straight 3-6 seasons followed by last year's rough 2-7 mark, OPRF head football coach Jim Nudera wanted to pack up the 2005 team and get away. So over the summer he stationed a portion of his football camp up at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Okay all you Jim Nudera detractors, the ones who want the coach de-whistled, the ones who wonder why a high school football coach with just 17 wins in six seasons still remains resolute in his job, I've got some fodder for you. Read this quote and you'll probably laugh yourself silly: "A coach's job in high school football is to help boys become men, to build them into confident, free-thinking, mature adults."
Paul Wright is not only back. He's here to stay. Returning after a season-long absence from the Oak Park and River Forest soccer program, Wright begins the 2005 campaign as the fourth varsity boys' head coach in as many years. And in his opinion, there's no need to continue that trend.
It will seem like "old home week" this Friday at 4:30 p.m. when OPRF soccer squares off against its cross-town neighbors Fenwick. Make no mistake; the competition will be at fever pitch as is the case when these schools meet in any sport. But when the two squads line up for the kickoff, players will gaze across the field and recognize former teammates and old friends. The reason?
The Fenwick football team played well into November last year, advancing to the 5A State quarterfinals and finishing with an impressive 10-3 overall record, but Joe DiCanio wasn't that impressed with the results from his inaugural season as the team's head coach.
With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, Wednesday Journal is keeping readers informed of their progress each week until the seasons end in early September. Stats are through Sunday.
As a 17-year-old soon to enter college, I have had the lucky experience of traveling to England and Scotland three times to play some of the best golf courses in the world. I have played 26 different golf courses in Great Britain, including six courses that are in the current rotation for the British Open. These are courses that are incredibly different from anything that is available near Chicago or anywhere in the United States.