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Natasha Rybakov leads girls’ volleyball toward CIF

Natasha Rybakov leads girls’ volleyball toward CIF

Devika Bedi

October 27, 2016


Filed under Sports

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...

Athletes forced to make choice

Athletes forced to make choice

Harper Wayne

October 27, 2016


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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

“Color guard” joins marching band

“Color guard” joins marching band

Maddy Quon

September 30, 2016


Filed under Sports

The marching band has added a new component to their half-time shows this year: the color guard. The color guard adds a visual dimension to the marching band’s music, with dancing, flag work, rifles and sabers. The group performs at home football games, and is led by junior Trisha Sharma. Sharma...

Volleyball coach Patrick Quinn to retire after 10 years

Volleyball coach Patrick Quinn to retire after 10 years

Diane Kim

May 25, 2016


Filed under Sports

After coaching boys’ and girls’ volleyball for 13 years, Coach Patrick Quinn is retiring. Under Quinn’s coaching, the boys’ varsity team has been ranked 10th in the nation for the past 10 years. The team has gone to CIF playoffs six times, winning the past two tournaments. Oak Park won agains...

Girls’ lacrosse wins CIF championship for 1st time

Girls’ lacrosse wins CIF championship for 1st time

Dani Sadon

May 25, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

After winning 20 games this season, the girls’ lacrosse team was named CIF champion for the first time in Oak Park history. The team won after defeating Redondo Union 13-8 on May 11. “This year we were really out to prove ourselves and redeem a title that we really felt like we have deserved for...

Softball seniors throw final pitch

Softball seniors throw final pitch

Olivia Buccieri

May 25, 2016


Filed under Sports

Varsity softball team seniors played their last high school game at Oak Park High School May 10. “They always say, they always tell you when you're a freshman, that it goes by really fast and, even if you don't realize it, you will know as a senior that it actually does,” senior and team captain...

Boys’ tennis team places first in league

Boys’ tennis team places first in league

Anastasia Greer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Sports

“Winning the tiebreaker in the final doubles round against Simi was my favorite moment so far,” senior and doubles player Kevin Ha said. “That set gave my partner, [sophomore] Justin Zilberstein, and I our third win of the day coming out of a lost tiebreaker the day before.” Ha attributed...

Boys’ lacrosse continues amid challenges

Boys’ lacrosse continues amid challenges

Yael Kaufman

April 29, 2016


Filed under Sports

After 13 members of the boys’ lacrosse team graduated last year, the team faced the season with a relatively young team. “Most of our players have previously never seen time on a varsity field, and now they have been thrown in with minimal physical training,” freshman and midfielder Max Manyak...