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The Fight to Return to the Track: Spencer Driggs’s Comeback Story

The Fight to Return to the Track: Spencer Driggs’s Comeback Story

Adam Helfstein and Alex Gaspar

March 25, 2020

“Pop — his leg just snapped,” Head track coach Steve White said. “It was pretty gnarly.” As then-freshman Spencer Driggs prepared for his second ever track meet at Simi Valley High School, the only thing that was on his mind was clearing the hurdles laid out in front of him and making it...

Outdoor basketball courts to be resurfaced

Loren Yona, Digital Features Editor

March 24, 2020

The Oak Park Unified School District school board approved the OPHS outdoor basketball courts to be resurfaced, as of Feb. 18. The construction has not been scheduled yet, according to Assistant Principal Jason Meskis, but will most likely take about two weeks to complete and “will be done by Sport...

Two seniors lead softball team with a new culture

Two seniors lead softball team with a new culture

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

Before every game, the softball team meets at the on-deck circle, a circle where the batters stand when they’re next to bat, to write their initials and numbers in the dirt. Then, they step into the middle of the circle to pray to the softball gods and chant the Eagles’ cheer. Their goal: to get...

Girls Varsity basketball moves up a division

Girls Varsity basketball moves up a division

Blake Hanlon and Preston Green

February 13, 2020

Varsity girls basketball has moved up from the CIF Southern Section Division 3A to 3AA for the 2019-20 season, There are six divisions for varsity girls basketball from Division I to Division VI. There are also three divisions for each bracket A, AA and AAA. Division I AAA being the highest ranking...

Girls Varsity soccer ranked second in league

Girls Varsity soccer ranked second in league

Charlie Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

After a successful preseason with an overall record of 9-2, the OPHS Varsity Girls’ Soccer team kicks off Coastal Canyon League play, winning three out of their first four games. Despite facing challenging opponents, the team is ranked first in the league, as of Jan. 29. “Oak Park is in Division...

Oak Park swim team approved by board

Oak Park swim team approved by board

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Roy Shin

February 13, 2020

According to Assistant Principal Jason Meskis, Oak Park High School is forming a swim team for the 2020-21 school year. The practice location is likely going to be the Lake Lindero Country Club in Agoura Hills and the first official season would be in the spring of 2021. “Oak Park High School has...

From the field to the board

From the field to the board

Rebecca Oddes, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

After a record-breaking season for the Oak Park Eagles varsity football team, the Oak Park Unified School District recognized the team for their 10-0 season and winning a league championship. “This was the first undefeated season in league competition in school history,” Director of Student Support...

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashes, leaves 9 dead

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashes, leaves 9 dead

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Kellen Beckett

February 12, 2020

Salary caps, luxury taxes and personnel changes. Just a few reasons why any NBA player would never want to stay in the same city for too long. It takes a special type of player to be able to play in the same franchise for 20 seasons. The player would have to first be drafted by a top franchise and be...

Letter from the Locker Room – February

Felipe Andrade, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Dear Birdcage, My name is Felipe Andrade and I am a senior at OPHS. I have been a player on the Varsity boys soccer team for three years, and I will say that this year’s soccer season has been kind of crazy. We completed our season with a record of no wins —10 losses. I know that on paper, th...

Student athletes commit to various colleges

Student athletes commit to various colleges

Atmika Iyer, Editor-In-Chief

December 15, 2019

Student-athletes at Oak Park High School took part in National Signing Day where high school athletes sign a letter of intent for playing their respective sports in college. There will be a second one in the spring. Seniors Ori Bitton, Malia Cohen, Abigail Dermott, Kelly Dobson, Grace Hanley, Havi...

Girl’s Golf Makes It to CIF Championships for Individual and Team

Girl’s Golf Makes It to CIF Championships for Individual and Team

Leila Kohn, Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

The girl’s golf team qualified for the 2019 CIF championships, as well as for two individual championships. For golf, the CIF championship is split up into two sections: individual and team. Freshmen Derica Chiu and Simran Nadig qualified for the individual championships, along with the team. The...

Girls’ varsity soccer kicks off season

Blake Hanlon, Staff Photographer

December 10, 2019

The girls’ varsity soccer team kicked off their first official game Friday, Nov. 22 against Malibu High School. The final score was 3-1, giving the varsity girls their first win of the season. “I think this season will be good considering how much time and effort the team is putting into it,”...