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Life of lacrosse coach combines Star Trek, sport

Life of lacrosse coach combines Star Trek, sport

Matthew Neville

March 31, 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 31, 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


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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


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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:...

Rugged Royals Lacrosse Club in Under Armour commercial

Sravya Gadepalli, staff writer

February 24, 2017


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Three Oak Park lacrosse athletes selected for Under Armour commercial According to sportswear company Under Armour’s 2016 global marketing campaign, “it’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.” Three Oak Park girls’ lacrosse athletes recently earned that spotlight — in an...

OPHS, OVHS receive $20,000 basketball donation

OPHS, OVHS receive $20,000 basketball donation

Sravya Gadepalli

January 31, 2017


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The Philip Hohnstein Foundation donated $20,000 to the boys’ basketball program at Oak Park High School. The boys’ basketball program, which this year comprises almost 40 players, received this donation from program alumni, who wish to remain anonymous. Donations of this amount are very rare and...

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


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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...