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Varsity girl’s soccer team sees new players on the rise

Varsity girl’s soccer team sees new players on the rise

Daniel Nuban

January 31, 2017


Filed under Sports

A group of freshmen has needed to adapt quickly in order to succeed on the varsity girls’ soccer team. Out of 20 players, the team currently contains six freshmen: Ashley Pernin, Reese Wallace, Abby Dermott, Malia Cohen, Lauren Battin, Sophia Druian and Julianne Dunn. These younger athletes play...

Soccer seniors band together for final season

Soccer seniors band together for final season

Yael Kaufman

January 31, 2017


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Out of 17 varsity boys’ soccer players, 12 are part of the senior class. Until senior and left wing Lars Defty was injured, all 11 starting positions were filled with seniors, and next year all of these spots will need to be filled. Some of these boys have been playing together since middle school...

Varsity girl’s soccer team sees new players on the rise

Daniel Nuban

January 31, 2017


Filed under Sports

A group of freshmen has needed to adapt quickly in order to succeed on the varsity girls’ soccer team. Out of 20 players, the team currently contains six freshmen: Ashley Pernin, Reese Wallace, Abby Dermott, Malia Cohen, Lauren Battin, Sophia Druian and Julianne Dunn. These younger athletes play...

Athlete Spotlight: Georgia Shevitt named golf team’s MVP

Athlete Spotlight: Georgia Shevitt named golf team’s MVP

Krystin Zhang

January 31, 2017


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Senior Georgia Shevitt, the captain of the Oak Park golf team, has been named the team’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive years. She finished second in the Coastal Canyon League, almost making it to CIF Finals. Shevitt has played golf for 10 years, starting at the age of 8. In playing...

Oak Park parent, alumna take over girls’ lacrosse

Oak Park parent, alumna take over girls’ lacrosse

Devika Bedi

January 31, 2017


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Dru Gilliam, as head coach, and Rachel Pham, as assistant coach, will lead the girls’ varsity lacrosse team as of late December 2016. The school sought new coaching staff after the varsity team’s previous head coach, Courtney Schneck, announced in the fall semester of 2016 that she would not be...

Senior basketball athletes look toward season end, future opportunities

Senior basketball athletes look toward season end, future opportunities

Devika Bedi

December 16, 2016


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Seniors Ethan Alkoby, Chris Stone and Zach Sherin are in their last season playing basketball for Oak Park High School. “It's bittersweet, because I'm excited to move on to college and new opportunities, but I'm going to miss playing for Oak Park so much,” Sherin, a guard, wrote to the Talon....

Students’ athletic careers threatened by concussions

Yael Kaufman

December 16, 2016


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Senior Ryan Macke has played sports his entire life — in high school, basketball and volleyball. But that athletic career came to a startling halt when he got his third concussion during a basketball game his junior year. Macke was playing defense one night when a player made a drive for basket....

Athletes must balance sports, academics

Kristyn Zhang

December 16, 2016


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Student athletes, facing a combination of physical, educational and time pressures, must nevertheless find ways to balance those pressures while avoiding burnout during the school year. All athletes looking to continue their involvement must stay above a minimum line of academic success — below which a student may not play sports on campus. Students looking to at...

Recruitment campaigns increase competition

Recruitment campaigns increase competition

Daniel Nuban

December 16, 2016


Filed under Sports

The Division I recruiting process for the NCAA is often nebulous and always challenging. Athletes train and practice for their entire lives in order to play at such an elite level. Not many of them are given the chance to play a Division I sport, but when they are it validates their years of hard...

Cross country ranks in state competition

Cross country ranks in state competition

Kristyn Zhang

October 27, 2016


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Six races in, the cross-country team has been successful enough to rank among the top 10 teams in state. The Oak Park team has ranked 10th in state and fourth in the Southern California section. With about 40 freshmen joining cross-country this year, the teams have about 130 runners this season. At...

Natasha Rybakov leads girls’ volleyball toward CIF

Natasha Rybakov leads girls’ volleyball toward CIF

Devika Bedi

October 27, 2016


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With senior captain and outside hitter Natasha Rybakova leading it to success, the girls’ volleyball team finished 8-0 in the Coastal Canyon League and is on its way to CIF playoffs. Rybakova was a key player, according to volleyball head coach Adam Quinn, and she contributed to the team’s unmatched record. Quinn was especially admiring of Ryb...

Girls’ lacrosse team left coachless

Girls’ lacrosse team left coachless

Matt Neville

October 27, 2016


Filed under Sports

The defending CIF North Division Champions girls’ lacrosse team is currently without a coach after head Coach Courtney Schneck announced in September that she would not be returning for the 2016-2017 season. Schneck, the 2015 United States Lacrosse Los Angeles Chapter Coach of the Year, decided...