Girls state track The OPRF track and field team must have left a distinctive mark at the State Meet last weekend at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston. By placing in the top 20 for the second year in a row, the Huskies made sure everyone knew they weren't just young pups battling the big dogs.
Time, effort and due process alone constitute a State title for the OPRF volleyball program. The second-ranked Huskies have tasted State tournament action four times since 1996. The program has finished runner-up three times since 1992. This year's squad is as good, if not better, than the back-to-back runner-up teams of 1992 and '93, or the '98 team that went 37-2.
Bridget Gallogly has beenOPRF soccer team's assist specialist for the entire regular season. The center midfielder helped out on nearly half of the 40 goals her team scored. But the Huskies (15-4-1) won't be able to rely on Gallogly's unselfish play and leadership qualities for the playoffs.
I'm holding a press conference! Come one come all to the biggest event since man walked on the moon, since Michael Jackson did the moonwalk, since Randy Moss mooned Green Bay. I may only do this once in a blue moon.
Softball playoff preview The 14 returning OPRF softball players who suffered through that gut-wrenching State title loss last year where a 6-0 lead went south in a hurry, no-doubt would like to erase that one particular moment from their minds. The best chance they have is returning to the scene of the crime this year. With a versatile and talented squad and a relatively soft playoff schedule, the road to vindication looks more than promising.
Tennis Columnist To steal a line from Harry Porterfield, I'd like to tell you about SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW. His name is Mel Phillips, Jr., and he has returned to the Oak Park Tennis Club this summer where he has been the head tennis pro for three years.
The Julian girls' track and field team placed third at State. Brittany Smith led the way with two second place finishes. Smith was last year's State champ in the shot put and fourth in the discus. She ends her career with four All-State medals. Her tosses of 33-8 (shot put) and 97-3 (discus) helped her finish second in both events this year.