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NBA arenas to be used as voting sites for 2020 General Election

Hunter Keaster, Opinion Editor

September 11, 2020

The NBA will be converting its arenas and other franchise-owned facilities into voting centers for the upcoming general election with the goal of providing a safe in-person voting site for the public.  This was announced in a public statement made on Aug. 28 after a player-organized strike, in w...

CIF releases new calendar for high school sports

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, News Editor

September 11, 2020

High school sports have been unable to practice with their respective teams in person since March 13. Oak Park Athletics announced through a StudentSquare blast on Sept. 4 that athletes will be allowed to start conditioning with their teams again Monday, Sept. 21. “It will be nice to see people. As long as the school can actually...

Letter from the locker room

Hayden Brown, Staff Writer

September 10, 2020

Dear Birdcage, my name is Hayden Brown and I am the new Oak Park cross country captain. Under the current circumstances, many kids do not have an outlet for continuing their sports training. However, the Oak Park cross country team is determined to stay in shape for the season this winter. When the...

Colleges begin to cut sports teams

Colleges begin to cut sports teams

Adam Helfstein, Eric Yeung, and Alex Gaspar

September 10, 2020

With the emergence of the COVID-19, many collegiate sports have been cut due to the lack of funds. According to the Associated Press, more than 100 athletic teams, including 51 Division I programs, have been cut.  The sports that bring in the most money such as football and basketball — even though their seasons m...

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....

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