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Student athletes follow superstitions to victory

Student athletes follow superstitions to victory

Devika Bedi
May 12, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

Student athletes across the nation have certain superstitions or pre-game rituals that they believe will help them succeed in their sports — no matter what the sport may be. “Before every game, I write my number with my foot in the deck circle. But, before I get into the batter’s box, I fix the...

Elite basketball club joins Oak Park players in off-season

Yael Kaufman
May 12, 2017
Filed under Sports

Three of Oak Park’s varsity basketball players are currently members of Earl Watson Elite, a club basketball organization ranked No. 7 in the nation and has teams in Los Angeles and New York. Juniors Riley Battin, Zeke Richards and Wes Slajchert all play for the club. Battin and Slajchert have playe...

Cheer coach to leave program, pursue teaching

Cheer coach to leave program, pursue teaching

Amanda Lurey
May 12, 2017
Filed under Sports

Paige Ramer, coach for Oak Park’s cheer and stunt teams, will be leaving the program after the current season, in order to pursue a career as a special education teacher. A new cheer coach, John Lopez, has been hired for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. “For me, growing up, education wasn...

Life of lacrosse coach combines Star Trek, sport

Life of lacrosse coach combines Star Trek, sport

Matthew Neville
March 31, 2017
Filed under Sports

The shuffling of feet and the clanking of lacrosse sticks echo across Medea Creek Middle School as Oak Park’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team begins their practice. The shuffling of feet instantly turns to stomps, the sound of sprinting, as a voice shouts “pick it up!” The voice belongs to head coac...

Junior sails smoothly into spotlight

Junior sails smoothly into spotlight

Samantha Dickman
March 31, 2017
Filed under Sports, Student Life

Junior Julia Rychlik has sailed competitively for nearly a decade — introduced to the waters by her father in 2008. She currently sails with the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. “My dad brought me into the sport; he started when he was in college,” Rychlik said. Rychlik said she like...

Athletes held back to get ahead

Athletes held back to get ahead

Matt Neville
March 31, 2017
Filed under Sports

In order to be as or more developed compared to their peers, some student athletes may repeat one year of schooling — often giving them an edge in physical and mental strength. “Sometimes the reason [for being held back] is athletically motivated,” Athletic Director Ann Pettit said. “So that...

Max Manyak spotlight

Max Manyak spotlight

Yael Kaufman
February 24, 2017
Filed under Sports

Sophomore Max Manyak is turning heads all across Southern California leading into this 2017 lacrosse season. Manyak plays lacrosse among the best in Los Angeles, having played for the LA Mavericks Elite A and national teams, as well as the West Coast Starz local and national teams. Manyak announced...

Seniors’ last season

Kristyn Zhang, staff writer
February 24, 2017
Filed under Sports

The Oak Park boys’ varsity volleyball team has been CIF champions for three years in a row. The majority of the team’s players — 12 of 15— are seniors, approaching their final season at Oak Park High School, and they’ve some goals to accomplish: team bonding, team focus and, of course, a...

Boys’ soccer and academy

Daniel Nuban
February 24, 2017
Filed under Sports

Elite soccer competition requires social and financial sacrifices. For those who play men’s youth soccer, there are several levels of competition: youth games, high school soccer and club soccer. Club soccer, at the highest level out of those three, is not quite the highest level in the country:...

Rugged Royals Lacrosse Club in Under Armour commercial

Sravya Gadepalli, staff writer
February 24, 2017
Filed under Sports

Three Oak Park lacrosse athletes selected for Under Armour commercial According to sportswear company Under Armour’s 2016 global marketing campaign, “it’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.” Three Oak Park girls’ lacrosse athletes recently earned that spotlight — in an...

OPHS, OVHS receive $20,000 basketball donation

OPHS, OVHS receive $20,000 basketball donation

Sravya Gadepalli
January 31, 2017
Filed under Sports

The Philip Hohnstein Foundation donated $20,000 to the boys’ basketball program at Oak Park High School. The boys’ basketball program, which this year comprises almost 40 players, received this donation from program alumni, who wish to remain anonymous. Donations of this amount are very rare and...

Varsity girl’s soccer team sees new players on the rise

Varsity girl’s soccer team sees new players on the rise

Daniel Nuban
January 31, 2017
Filed under Sports

A group of freshmen has needed to adapt quickly in order to succeed on the varsity girls’ soccer team. Out of 20 players, the team currently contains six freshmen: Ashley Pernin, Reese Wallace, Abby Dermott, Malia Cohen, Lauren Battin, Sophia Druian and Julianne Dunn. These younger athletes play...