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Colleges begin to cut sports teams

Colleges begin to cut sports teams
COVID-19 takes its toll on athletic departments around the nation
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...

ESPN to broadcast Korean baseball league games

“Baseball is baseball”
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...

OPHS sports eligibility rules to change

Athletes’ academic requirement to be lowered
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...

Adjusted Summer Conditioning for OPHS Athletics

Coaches adapt to virtual world
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,...

MLB hopeful to start season

Potential for a June season opener
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...

Dance team goes virtual for 2020 auditions

“The show must go on”
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...

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.
Senior softball stars memorable last year
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...

Kelly Dobson Swings Far and Flies High

Senior Kelly Dobson swings to hit a golf ball at the Calabasas Country Club.
Dobson is a high school senior who can not only hit a ball but fly too
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...

Letter from the locker room: Closing the doors

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...

Practice must go on

Girls basketball creates Zoom practices during quarantine
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...

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
Softball player turned to volleyball
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...

Inside the “heart of the team”

Senior Luke Spooner reflects on volleyball journey
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...

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