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Volleyball coach Patrick Quinn to retire after 10 years

Volleyball coach Patrick Quinn to retire after 10 years

Diane Kim

May 25, 2016


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After coaching boys’ and girls’ volleyball for 13 years, Coach Patrick Quinn is retiring. Under Quinn’s coaching, the boys’ varsity team has been ranked 10th in the nation for the past 10 years. The team has gone to CIF playoffs six times, winning the past two tournaments. Oak Park won agains...

Girls’ lacrosse wins CIF championship for 1st time

Girls’ lacrosse wins CIF championship for 1st time

Dani Sadon

May 25, 2016


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After winning 20 games this season, the girls’ lacrosse team was named CIF champion for the first time in Oak Park history. The team won after defeating Redondo Union 13-8 on May 11. “This year we were really out to prove ourselves and redeem a title that we really felt like we have deserved for...

Softball seniors throw final pitch

Softball seniors throw final pitch

Olivia Buccieri

May 25, 2016


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Varsity softball team seniors played their last high school game at Oak Park High School May 10. “They always say, they always tell you when you're a freshman, that it goes by really fast and, even if you don't realize it, you will know as a senior that it actually does,” senior and team captain...

Boys’ tennis team places first in league

Boys’ tennis team places first in league

Anastasia Greer

April 29, 2016


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“Winning the tiebreaker in the final doubles round against Simi was my favorite moment so far,” senior and doubles player Kevin Ha said. “That set gave my partner, [sophomore] Justin Zilberstein, and I our third win of the day coming out of a lost tiebreaker the day before.” Ha attributed...

Boys’ lacrosse continues amid challenges

Boys’ lacrosse continues amid challenges

Yael Kaufman

April 29, 2016


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After 13 members of the boys’ lacrosse team graduated last year, the team faced the season with a relatively young team. “Most of our players have previously never seen time on a varsity field, and now they have been thrown in with minimal physical training,” freshman and midfielder Max Manyak...

Juniors break Oak Park records

Juniors break Oak Park records

Grace Ye

April 29, 2016


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Juniors Robbie Otal and Reese Smith broke decades-old Oak Park track records at a league meet at Royal High School April 21. “I was really excited, because I just beat a [24-year-old] record. I’m pretty sure if anyone felt like that, it’d be crazy,” Smith said. Smith triple-jumped 45 feet...

Baseball improves upon last year

Baseball improves upon last year

Julian Lehrer

March 24, 2016


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Following a difficult 2014-15 season, this year’s baseball team has already improved on last season’s win total with a 4-4 record. “Everybody on our squad has really shown great improvement over the past year,” coach David Kinberg said. “[Senior] A.J. [Barrera-Herron] is having an outstanding...

Four girls’ soccer players commit to college teams

Four girls’ soccer players commit to college teams

Max Davis

March 8, 2016


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After a tough season for the Oak Park girls’ soccer, the team still has plenty to celebrate. Seniors Hannah Adler, Jordyn Bradbury, Julia Gilliam and Sarah Howard officially signed and committed to playing collegiate soccer Feb. 3. Adler will attend University of Denver, Bradbury will attend...

Calce to go on hiatus after season

Calce to go on hiatus after season

Julian Lehrer

January 29, 2016


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Coach Al Calce will be taking a hiatus from the program after this upcoming track season following an illustrious career coaching the cross-country and track teams. “This will be my final year as a head coach in Oak Park, for now. I am not retiring, just taking a break, as I want to spend more time...

Girls’ soccer has mixed start to season

Girls’ soccer has mixed start to season

Anastasia Greer

January 29, 2016


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The Oak Park girls’ varsity soccer season is underway, with six losses, three ties and six wins. “We’ve had a rough start to the season but our momentum has picked up and I have faith that we will finish out strong,” senior, co-captain and defensive player Rachel Julius said. Sen...

Boys’ basketball defeats Agoura

Boys’ basketball defeats Agoura

Yael Kaufman

January 29, 2016


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With a 16-6 win-loss record, the boys’ basketball team is ranked 48th in the state, first in Division 3AA and No. 1 by the Ventura County Star. The team’s first home game of the season was against Agoura Hills. Although Oak Park was down 9-13 in the first quarter, the team took the season ope...

Boys’ basketball preseason schedule ‘the most challenging’ ever

Boys’ basketball preseason schedule ‘the most challenging’ ever

Yael Kaufman

December 14, 2015


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Over the past 21 seasons, the boy’s varsity basketball team has posted a record of 171-26 against its league opponents. Last season, the team finished 8-0 — making them the Coastal Canyon League champions. But according to Head Coach Aaron Shaw, the upcoming preseason will be difficult. “Our...