Cold air sifted up to the rafters. The bulky zambonis gently trundled by. Cue the hard, fist-pumpin' rock anthems, the extravagant player profiles on the flickering scoreboard hovering above a glistening sheet of ice. Flash-lights, thunderstix, mascots hurling free t-shirts.
The Chicago area might see more snow and freezing rain this year, but bad weather doesn't bother the Oak Park and River Forest softball team. It's finally time to play ball! Next week another season starts for the talented Huskies who compiled a 35-7 record last year while making their fourth trip downstate in the last five years.
So the weather hasn't been cooperative for baseball, that hasn't been a problem for Oak Park and River Forest. The Huskies have taken advantage of the availability of the fieldhouse in this blustery preseason, and the use of a rag ball developed by Easton has made indoor training much more productive for a team eager to improve on last year's successful season.
Hard to believe, but The Race That's Good for Life is heading into its 24th running. Organized in 1982 during the Oak Park Runners Club's first year, the race was originally called The Fall 5K, and intended as a warmup for the annual Frank Lloyd Wright Run 10K.