OPRF, Fenwick join forces on East Avenue Lacrosse team

“Oak Park and River Forest senior Kenny Van Spankeren enjoys his new boys lacrosse teammates and proteges.

Van Spankeren plays for East Avenue Lacrosse, a club program that debuted in August with traveling teams from fourth graders up to high school with primarily OPRF and Fenwick players.On Jan. 18, Van Spankeren was among instructors at the club’s free lacrosse clinic at Fenwick for players from kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I think there was more than 50 kids and everyone was anxious to be there,” Van Spankeren said. “It was awesome seeing these kids who never played lacrosse before having a blast. It was pretty sweet…”

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Turnaround Season for OPRF Boys Lacrosse

The Wednesday Journal spilled a little more ink for the Huskies this week, noting the team’s dramatic turnaround from the 2014 campaign.

The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys lacrosse team is 12-4 this season. While that’s a good record by any measure, it is more impressive considering the Huskies finished 4-[16] last spring. On a six-game winning streak, OPRF has won nine of its last 11 games. The Huskies defeated Downers Grove South, 17-13 on May 14, and routed Mount Carmel, 17-2 on May 12, as the team is beginning to develop the look of a state contender.


“We have improved immensely since last year, primarily because of our new offensive coordinator, Joe Opron,” OPRF coach John Terretta said. “Some of the younger guys have a year of experience under their belts, which has also made a difference.”

The original article is available at:  http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-19-2015/Sports-Roundup:-Turnaround-season-for-OPRF-boys-lacrosse/

Chicago Tribune Highlights Ian Mahanes’s Time With Best Buddies International

BBLogo-color-largePioneer Press, a division of the Chicago Tribune, sat down with senior captain midfielder Ian Mahanes to talk about lacrosse and, more importantly, Mahanes’s role as President of the Oak Park-River Forest chapter of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization designed to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to connect with new friends and mentors.  Mahanes, a four-year member of the group, expressed his passionate endorsement of the organization, stating,

“People with disabilities should have the same rights as any other citizen … [,however, a] lot of my parents’ generation was shielded from kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies doesn’t want a separate wing in schools where those students can be. They want us to integrate and be able to see each other in the hallways.”

When asked about the Huskies’ season, Mahanes stated confidently,

“Every kid has bought in and I’ve never seen us play lacrosse like this before … [b]y the end of the season we’re going to be good enough to make a pretty respect[able] run in the playoffs.”


The full article is available at:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/river-forest/sports/ct-oak-boys-lacrosse-oak-park-river-forest-tl-0507-20150504-story.html

Wednesday Journal Article Features OPRF/Fenwick Lacrosse Rivalry

The Wednesday Journal, a local newspaper covering the villages of Oak Park and River Forest, recently featured senior midfielder Seamus Blaha and the rest of the OPRF Huskies in describing the heated rivalry between OPRF and its cross-town rival, Fenwick.  In the article, Blaha expresses pride in the Huskies’ accomplishments thus far and hope for an even brighter future, stating:

“We have really bounced back from last season when we struggled and only won four games. We are 6-2 [this season], beat Lyons Township for the first time in 13 years and our coaching staff is very strong, with a lot of experience. Honestly, I think we can play at an even higher level and develop the program into one of the best in the state.”

The full article is available at: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-28-2015/OPRF%2FFenwick-lacrosse-rivalry-heats-up/

Huskies’ Victory Over Lyons Township to Air on Comcast Local (4/12 – 4/14)

In what was a brilliant team effort, the OPRF Huskies defeated Lyons Township 10-8 in front of a sizable home crowd.  The game improved the Huskies record to 3-1, and marked the first time since 2003 that OPRF defeated Lyons Township.


Couldn’t make it to the game?
Comcast Local has got you covered.
The game will air on channel 100 at the following times:

Sunday, April 12
12:00 pm
4:00 pm

Monday, April 13
7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 14
7:00 pm

Thank you to Comcast Xfinity for the amazing coverage!

Reminder – OPRF Lax Fundraiser TONIGHT (7:00PM) at Skrine Chops.

417685_382834398411417_514193733_nParents, alumni, and friends, please join us at Skrine Chops on Friday, April 10th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm for delicious food, live jazz music, drinks from the cash bar, and great conversation with the OPRF coaching staff and other Huskies fans.  The price is a steal at $40 per person, and all proceeds from the cover charge, raffle, and silent auction go to support the 2015 Huskies lacrosse teams.

Please contact Jim Blaha at jim@jimblaha.com with questions or concerns.
No RSVP necessary.

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Skrine Chops is located at 7230 Madison Street in Forest Park