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ESPN to broadcast Korean baseball league games

Adam Helfstein, Alex Gaspar, and Eric Yeung

May 7, 2020

With the cancellation of the MLB and all other major American sports, ESPN is beginning to go abroad for its content. Starting May 5th, they will officially be televising South Korea’s Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) games throughout the 2020 season.  ESPN will directly broadcast 6 regular-seaso...

OPHS sports eligibility rules to change

Alex Goldbeck and Atmika Iyer

May 7, 2020

For the 2020-21 school year, Athletic Director Tim Chevalier has proposed a change in the academic requirements for Quarter 1 and Quarter 3 10-week grading period. According to the proposal, any student with an “F” at the 10-week grade checks, which would be at the end of Quarter 1 and Quarter 3, wo...

Adjusted Summer Conditioning for OPHS Athletics

Adam Helfstein, Alex Gaspar, and Eric Yeung

May 7, 2020

Significant changes are being made to OPHS athletics summer conditioning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We would have started this Monday [April 27] with three weeks of spring ball. Then, we would take a week off for finals. Finally, we would have done five weeks of summer conditioning,”...

MLB hopeful to start season

Alex Goldbeck and Atmika Iyer

May 5, 2020

Major League Baseball could be coming back as soon as June and as late as July 2 of this year.  On April 7, the MLB released a contingency plan for how they predicted the season would go in order to create the normal 100 game season. All the games would be played in the central location of Arizo...

Dance team goes virtual for 2020 auditions

Adam Helfstein, Eric Yeung, and Alex Gaspar

April 30, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the OPHS dance team has changed their auditions for next year’s team from in-person to virtual auditions. “We didn’t really know what was going to happen at first, so we weren’t making any decisions too quickly,” sophomore dance team member Celeste Goldes wrote to...

Aubrey Billig and Havi Rubenfeld, puzzle pieces together

Senior co captains Aubrey Billig and Havi Rubenfeld warm up together in preparation for upcoming softball games.

Isabella Alves and Payton Sitarz

April 29, 2020

Aubrey Billig and Havi Rubenfeld have been a part of the Oak Park softball program for all four years, ending their last season being the only seniors left in the program. After being team captains for two years, their goal is to leave the program better and with a stronger foundation than they had when...

Kelly Dobson Swings Far and Flies High

Senior Kelly Dobson swings to hit a golf ball at the Calabasas Country Club.

Hannah Malik and Aidan Meek

April 29, 2020

With a swift stroke, the one wood smacks the dimpled ball, driving his ball through the air. It soars across the golf course like the planes he flies through the sky, as his finger trails its path through the clouds. Senior boys’ varsity golf player Kelly Dobson knows a thing or two not only about...

Letter from the locker room: Closing the doors

Havi Rubenfeld, Sports Editor

April 27, 2020

Saying goodbye to the OPHS softball program and my teammates is very emotional. Of course this isn’t the ending I imagined. I have been a starting player on varsity for all four years of my high school career and a captain for three years. I truly have put blood, sweat and tears into this program....

Practice must go on

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Senior Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

Oak Park High School’s girls basketball program has tried to think of creative ideas to keep athletes conditioned and connect to their teammates. Some solutions for the team have included weekly emails with workouts, individual contact between coach and player, and having team practices over Zoom....

Sitarz takes the court by storm

On an ordinary Tuesday practice, Payton dives to save a ball from a sandy embrace. Payton’s athleticism allowed her to quickly adjust to her new sport

Matthew Sun, Guest Writer

April 23, 2020

Payton Sitarz spent an afternoon at the North Ranch Playfield, hitting a leather volleyball over a wide net. Occasionally, the ball bounced and came to a gentle stop on the spring-sweet grass. A former softball player of 10 years, Sitarz was practicing in a square box of sand with a seven-foot, four...

Inside the “heart of the team”

Leia Blackford, Olivia Horstman, and Allie Wang

April 9, 2020

Senior Luke Spooner prepared to serve. He threw the ball against the wall, caught it and turned around. Eyeing the court, he checked in with his teammates before starting the play with resounding thunder. Spooner is a senior on the Varsity Boys’ Volleyball team and has been playing for all four...

Oak Park athletes honor National Student-Athlete Day in quarantine

National Student-Athlete day is held on April 6, where athletes are recognized for their accomplishments.

Havi Rubenfeld, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

On a usual April day, athletes can be seen around the country competing on fields, tracks, courts, rinks, courses, pools, rings, and essentially, anywhere with room to play. However, on April 6, 2020, or National Student-Athlete Day 2020, athletes around the world were quarantined in their homes, but...