John Kasik put Oak Park and River Forest volleyball on the map, but he won't tell you that. Instead, he tosses more credit around than MasterCard. He throws out names like Dan Schultz, Nate Werner, Lea Keovanpheng, Tom Trantow, Ben White, Chris Walstra, Sean O'Malley?the names go on and on.
Congrats to the Oak Park Cycling Club and the Oak Park Visitors Center on a successful first ever Wright Ride in Oak Park and environs on August 21. It was a beautiful day. Approximately four hundred riders participated. The most popular course was the 25-mile route, but I saw many riders heading out to Waterfall Glen on the 62-mile option.
Renee Miller's voice turned hoarse last week as the Fenwick girls' swim coach was forced to talk over the den of her team, a squad more than likely chattering about its potential to trump last season's success. With four of her top six finishers back this year, Miller may not have to do a lot of talking.
The Concordia University Cougars will enter the 2005 football season with the desire to put a winless 2004 behind them and make forward strides in the Illini-Badger Conference under second-year head coach Bob Conwell.
With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, Wednesday Journal has been keeping readers informed of their progress each week throughout the summer. The minor league season ends on Labor Day, so there will be just two more editions. Look for a season recap in the Sept. 16 issue. Stats are through Sunday.
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.