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Don James: Swings for hole-in-one, settles for omelette

Bailey Andera

September 28, 2017


Filed under Sports

Golf coach, theater enthusiast and omelet lover Don James coaches the Oak Park High School golf team. James, Oak Park High School’s golf coach of 18 years, chose to join the program in 2001 over becoming a high school teacher or joining the military. During the 2001-02 season, he coached boys’ g...

Profile: Jessica Conway

Profile: Jessica Conway

Olivia Buccieri

September 28, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

Senior and marching band drum major Jessica Conway is proficient in topics ranging from the B flat musical scale, hot sauce, and circus ventures with aerial hoops. Conway has led the Oak Park Marching Band for the past two years. She also spends most of her free time peer tutoring, walking dogs, study...

Football team adds 2 female players

Football team adds 2 female players

Olivia Buccieri and Ethan Land

August 30, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

For the first time in the history of Oak Park High School, more than one girl will be joining the football team. Freshmen Faith Vom Cleff and Tamy Beruzon have joined the junior varsity football team for the 2017 season. Former kicker Courtney Adhoot joined the varsity team in 2016, ending a 20-year...

Agoura voted into league, resists change

Agoura voted into league, resists change

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad

August 30, 2017


Filed under Sports

The CIF school board announced that Agoura High School may be joining the Coastal Canyon athletic league for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. The schools currently in the Coastal Canyon league voted to include Agoura, but Agoura filed an appeal to remain in its current sports league. A council will a...

Meet the coach: John Lopez

Meet the coach: John Lopez

Bailey Andera

August 30, 2017


Filed under Sports

Coach John Lopez was hired to coach cheerleading at Oak Park after former coach Paige Ramer left the program last year. Lopez has coached cheer for over 15 years and has been involved with the sport since his sisters first introduced it to him as a child. “[My sisters] were competing [in cheer], and I...

Girls’ basketball to add frosh-soph team

Girls’ basketball to add frosh-soph team

Brianna Szabo

August 30, 2017


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Oak Park High School added a frosh-soph girls’ basketball team to the program this year. The team will be coached by junior varsity basketball Coach Mhiah Vickers and varsity basketball Coach Doris Park. “The frosh girls will be to equipped to compete at the JV and eventually varsity levels,” Vickers w...

Meet the coach: Suzanne Scrimenti

Meet the coach: Suzanne Scrimenti

Bailey Andera

August 30, 2017


Filed under Sports

Oak Park High School alumna Suzanne Scrimenti has returned to her alma mater to coach the sport she once competed in. Scrimenti ran Oak Park cross country and track and field while in high school and went on to run in college for California State University San Marcos. She is currently obtaining h...

Meet the coach: Joe Byrd

Meet the coach: Joe Byrd

Bailey Andera

August 30, 2017


Filed under Sports

Coach Joe Byrd joined Oak Park High School’s cross country coaching staff this year after coaching cross country at Agoura High School for four years.  Byrd has coached cross country for over 12 years, first at a youth club for eight years and then at Agoura High School for four. Before coaching...

Profile: Jake Iazzetta

Profile: Jake Iazzetta

Matt Neville and Daniel Nuban

August 30, 2017


Filed under Sports, Student Life

Senior Jake Iazzetta is the newest addition to Oak Park High School’s Varsity Football team, replacing alumna Courtney Ahdoot as the starting kicker. Without any high school football experience, Iazzetta said he relies on his extensive background in soccer to help him convert field goals and extra ...

Profile: Lauren Herrera

Profile: Lauren Herrera

Olivia Buccieri, Editor-in-Chief

August 26, 2017


Filed under Sports

Senior Lauren Herrera said she came to realize, while hosting Norwegian exchange students, that she wanted to get out of Southern California and travel the world. Scouted at Volleyball Nationals a few years ago in Florida, she has kept in constant contact with the coaches of Franklin Pierce University...

Student athletes follow superstitions to victory

Student athletes follow superstitions to victory

Devika Bedi

May 11, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

Student athletes across the nation have certain superstitions or pre-game rituals that they believe will help them succeed in their sports — no matter what the sport may be. “Before every game, I write my number with my foot in the deck circle. But, before I get into the batter’s box, I fix the...

Elite basketball club joins Oak Park players in off-season

Yael Kaufman

May 11, 2017


Filed under Sports

Three of Oak Park’s varsity basketball players are currently members of Earl Watson Elite, a club basketball organization ranked No. 7 in the nation and has teams in Los Angeles and New York. Juniors Riley Battin, Zeke Richards and Wes Slajchert all play for the club. Battin and Slajchert have playe...