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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


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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


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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...

Cheer coach to leave program, pursue teaching

Cheer coach to leave program, pursue teaching

Amanda Lurey

May 11, 2017


Filed under Sports

Paige Ramer, coach for Oak Park’s cheer and stunt teams, will be leaving the program after the current season, in order to pursue a career as a special education teacher. A new cheer coach, John Lopez, has been hired for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. “For me, growing up, education wasn...

Life of lacrosse coach combines Star Trek, sport

Life of lacrosse coach combines Star Trek, sport

Matthew Neville

March 30, 2017


Filed under Sports

The shuffling of feet and the clanking of lacrosse sticks echo across Medea Creek Middle School as Oak Park’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team begins their practice. The shuffling of feet instantly turns to stomps, the sound of sprinting, as a voice shouts “pick it up!” The voice belongs to head coac...

Junior sails smoothly into spotlight

Junior sails smoothly into spotlight

Samantha Dickman

March 30, 2017


Filed under Sports, Student Life

Junior Julia Rychlik has sailed competitively for nearly a decade — introduced to the waters by her father in 2008. She currently sails with the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. “My dad brought me into the sport; he started when he was in college,” Rychlik said. Rychlik said she like...

Max Manyak spotlight

Max Manyak spotlight

Yael Kaufman

February 24, 2017


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Sophomore Max Manyak is turning heads all across Southern California leading into this 2017 lacrosse season. Manyak plays lacrosse among the best in Los Angeles, having played for the LA Mavericks Elite A and national teams, as well as the West Coast Starz local and national teams. Manyak announced...

Seniors’ last season

Kristyn Zhang, staff writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under Sports

The Oak Park boys’ varsity volleyball team has been CIF champions for three years in a row. The majority of the team’s players — 12 of 15— are seniors, approaching their final season at Oak Park High School, and they’ve some goals to accomplish: team bonding, team focus and, of course, a...

Boys’ soccer and academy

Daniel Nuban

February 24, 2017


Filed under Sports

Elite soccer competition requires social and financial sacrifices. For those who play men’s youth soccer, there are several levels of competition: youth games, high school soccer and club soccer. Club soccer, at the highest level out of those three, is not quite the highest level in the country:...