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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


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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


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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...

Athletes forced to make choice

Athletes forced to make choice

Harper Wayne

October 27, 2016


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The school has expanded its sports class offerings this year, adding girls’ volleyball to the mix — but scheduling conflicts have forced some athletes to decide between their sport or an academic class. The school currently offers four sports classes: girls’ volleyball, boys’ basketball,...

Club soccer age groupings changed

Club soccer age groupings changed

Matt Neville

September 30, 2016


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Junior Nick Cruz drives to Thousand Oaks twice a week to practice with his under-19 club soccer team. Cruz, 16, has been displaced by a recent change in the age groupings for youth club soccer. Teams were organized according to a player’s grade until the first day of August, 2016. Since then, the...

Annette Goulak earns top rank in California Tennis

Annette Goulak earns top rank in California Tennis

Samantha Eckert and Samantha Jennings

September 30, 2016


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Senior Annette Goulak is ranked as the 8th best female tennis player in California and one of the top 20 recruits in her graduating class. Goulak plays for the United States Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation. Additionally, she has played on the varsity high school tennis team...

Courtney Ahdoot kicks off the season

Courtney Ahdoot kicks off the season

Devika Bedi

September 30, 2016


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Senior Courtney Ahdoot becomes the first female member of the Oak Park High School football team