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Badminton tournament held as part of rally lead-up

Charlie Nicks

May 14, 2019

A single-elimination badminton tournament was held in the OPHS gym on April 30 and May 1, to help raise school spirit and take students’ minds off of approaching tests. Won by OPHS seniors Max Prushan and Quinn Matulis, the tournament was organized by ASB as a part of the rally week’s festivities....

Boys’ varsity tennis undefeated in league

Boys’ varsity tennis undefeated in league

Rebecca Zait

May 14, 2019

As of now in the 2019 season, boys’ varsity tennis has not lost a single game. Although the team went undefeated in the 2018 season, boys’ tennis head coach Carl Joyce said that things have changed since the last season. “Losing four starters when you only have nine players, [it was like...

Athletic Department legend Coach B to retire

Athletic Department legend Coach B to retire

Felipe Andrade and Aashika Srinivas

May 14, 2019

Co-Athletic Director and PE teacher Dick Billingsley plans to retire from Oak Park High School after the 2018-2019 school year ends. Billingsley chose to retire after dedicating almost 30 years to the Oak Park athletic program — he joined the staff at Oak Park in 1991. “50 years of teaching,...

Kelly Majam’s future to play out at Cal Poly SLO

Kelly Majam’s future to play out at Cal Poly SLO

Emily Francis

May 14, 2019

Senior Kelly Majam has been playing volleyball for four years and hopes to continue playing club volleyball next year. He plans on attending California Poly, San Luis Obispo and is majoring in architecture. Majam said he is excited to meet new people, start his career in architecture and surf as muc...

Varsity softball gains new coaches mid-season

Varsity softball gains new coaches mid-season

Nicole Ash and Brooke Yungfleisch

May 13, 2019

Former junior varsity softball head coach Harold Hale and OPHS government teacher Robert Hall have rejoined the coaching staff for varsity softball after coaching changes occurred mid-season in March. Interim varsity head coach Harold Hale explained that he has previously done a decade of coaching...

Huffing, puffing to the end

Huffing, puffing to the end

Emily Francis and Sarah Levy

May 13, 2019

The junior girls took the win in Powderpuff’s 2019 game, beating the senior girls 26-0 May 3, amid rumors that this may be the last Powderpuff game at Oak Park High School. Powderpuff is a school-run girls’ flag football game that gives girls the opportunity to play football in the spring. As...

Erin Dotson to play lacrosse at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame

Erin Dotson to play lacrosse at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame

Amanda Lurey

May 9, 2019

Senior Erin Dotson moved from the East coast to the West coast her sophomore year in high school and will be moving to the midwest to attend Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame in Indiana to pursue lacrosse. Erin Dotson has played lacrosse for about 13 years and plays mid-field. She was on junior...

Boys’ varsity volleyball heads to State Tournament

Boys’ varsity volleyball heads to State Tournament

Amanda Lurey and Bailey Andera

May 9, 2019

Jason Fichera, no. 8 and a senior player, said it was “insane” that they got all the way to the finals. “We haven’t gone this far in finals in any year that we’ve been on varsity. We’re all just grateful we’ve gotten this far,” Fichera said. “Over the course of this season, everyone...

Stunt prepares to take on new season

Stunt prepares to take on new season

Angus Hsieh

April 3, 2019

Stunt is one of the newest and fastest growing sports in the United States, especially for women. Stunt is a highly competitive nationwide sport that focuses on athletic and technical movements such as tossing, jumping, tumbling and forming pyramids. Former Oak Park High School Head Coach John...

Paint me a picture

Paint me a picture

Sam Barney-Gibbs

April 3, 2019

Signs reading “PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE ART” filled the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center on the evening of March 22. Students, teachers, parents and members of the Conejo Valley community convened to admire (but not touch) artwork crafted by students. 460 pieces from students spanning...

Girls’ volleyball coach removed from position

Bailey Andera

March 31, 2019

A junior varsity girls’ volleyball coach was removed from his position following the discovery of allegedly inappropriate relationships between him and former Oak Park High School students. This information became public in an email from Superintendent Anthony Knight to the staff and parents of...

Charlie Hartwell excels at competitive Taekwondo

Charlie Hartwell excels at competitive Taekwondo

Rebecca Oddes

March 30, 2019

-Sophomore Charlie Hartwell competes in Taekwondo and is ranked no. 12 in his weight division nationally. Hartwell has been doing Taekwondo for 10 years and competes internationally, placing second in his last three competitions. Taekwondo as a form of Korean self-defense that is characterized by...