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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...

The Triumphs and Tumbles of Grace Hanley

Stunt teams practices lifts and routines for upcoming competition.

Dani Becerra and Daisy Calderon

April 2, 2020

A small army of light feet, all bouncing, pressing and jumping with fierce energy. The call of a group of girls, “one … two … three.” Varying black and white shoes leap readily with every count. The stare of the coach is illuminated by her short comments. “Keep those knees up, back row,”...

Spring sports suspended

Chevalier with Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) during summer conditioning.

Shoshana Medved, Public Relations Manager

April 2, 2020

All spring sports are officially over, prompted by concerns over COVID-19 and the physical end to Oak Park’s school year. In a ParentSquare notice, superintendent Tony Knight explained the situation.  “As you may have heard, Governor Newsom announced today that all California school campuses need to remain closed for the remainder of the s...

Oak Park Baseball slides into new season

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

“New coach, new beginnings,” sophomore and varsity shortstop Cole Murth said. Oak Park baseball started off their season with a 3-4 record and high hopes for the future. The team shares their successes with new varsity head coach Jeffrey Smith. Smith has coached at Oak Park for the previous five...

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

Spencer Driggs(pictured) competes in his second track meet at Simi Valley High School.

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

 Varsity softball team practices during fifth period. The team is getting ready for their game against Carpinteria.

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

OPHS girls varsity basketball plays in the Coastal Canon League in division 3AA.

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

The girls’ varsity soccer team will continue their season into the first round of CIF playoffs after finishing in third place in the Coastal Canyon 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...

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