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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former UCLA linebacker Sean Westgate is returning to Oak Park to be the team's defensive coordinator, new Coach Tim Kenney said. Westgate was known for his hustle and toughness in high school and college.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Without a returning starter, Oak Park (22-11) was barely a blip on the radar screen as a possible Southern Section champion when the season started. By season's end, the Eagles were the Division 3A champion, winners of the first basketball title in the school's history. For being able to rebuild and reload without relying on transfer students, Aaron Shaw has been selected the coach of the year by The Times. "We struggled early in the season, and it took us a little bit of time to figure out our roles," Shaw said.
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February 20, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Teams know what to expect when they face Cerritos Gahr in basketball. The Gladiators put on a relentless full-court press. Oak Park certainly prepared for it, but the Eagles found out Friday night that there's no way to simulate Gahr's athleticism and quickness in practice, and by the time they finally adjusted, it was too late. "Turnovers were the name of the game," Oak Park Coach Aaron Shaw said after his team's 64-50 loss in a Southern Section Division 3A second-round playoff game at Gahr.
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March 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Oak Park Invitational on Monday at North Ranch Country Club is shaping up as a terrific early season golf competition. Division I signees Victor Ponte of Rio Mesa (UCLA), Sean Crocker of Westlake (USC), Peter Griffith of Oaks Christian (Northwestern), along with Collin Morikawa of La Canada, the 30th ranked junior in the United States and 2013 winner of the Western Junior Amateur, make up the featured group. The only female in the field is Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills, the 41st ranked junior girl in the nation who will play for UCLA next year.
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February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Oak Park and St. Bonaventure are getting close to naming new football coaches. Final interviews are expected this week. Also, Long Beach Poly has been conducting interviews for its new coach and should be selecting a candidate soon. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 5, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Terry Shorten, who guided Oak Park into the Northwest Division semifinals, has resigned as coach. The school will be posting a notice seeking an on-campus teacher-coach to guide the program into the Camino Real League. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 15, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams in the Northwest Division collide in a Tri-Valley League showdown on Friday when Ojai Nordhoff (6-0) plays at Oak Park (6-1). The game features a battle of quarterbacks. Oak Park's Chandler Whitbord, a senior transfer from Oaks Christian who rarely played last season while sitting behind Brandon Dawkins, has flourished with his opportunity at Oak Park. He has passed for 1,682 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 718 yards and six touchdowns.
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November 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In the history of Oak Park football, there's never been an offensive trio quite like this year's group of quarterback Chandler Whitbord, running back Brandon Coppel and receiver Matt Byer. The Eagles (11-1) are in the Northwest Division semifinals, and the trio continue to roll up offensive statistics that are mindboggling. Whitbord has passed for 2,796 yards and 39 touchdowns and rushed for 1,041 yards and 11 touchdowns. Byer has caught 86 passes for 1,635 yards and 28 touchdowns.
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March 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If anyone is screaming, "Thank you Open Division," it's the two teams left standing in Southern Section 3A. Oak Park (20-10), which lost all five starters from last season's team and twice was routed by Oaks Christian in Tri-Valley League play this season, has made the final, along with St. Francis (19-11), which tied for fifth place in the Mission League. The division's two best teams, Chaminade and Cathedral, were put into the Open Division. It adds to the debate of whether diminishing the other divisions to create one 16-team super division makes the Southern Section playoffs better or worse.
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October 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Forget college football's phony BCS system. Oak Park has had its own little playoff-like run the last two weeks, knocking off a pair of unbeaten teams, Nordhoff and Bishop Diego, and now the Eagles are expected to climb to No. 1 in the Northwest Division by having earned respect on the field. The Eagles' latest triumph, 42-28 on Saturday night over Bishop Diego, leaves them at 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the Tri-Valley League. Oak Park has put together an offensive attack that can score points in large numbers behind a trio of productive players _ quarterback Chandler Whitbord, running back Brandon Coppel and receiver Matt Byer.
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March 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If anyone is screaming, "Thank you Open Division," it's the two teams left standing in Southern Section 3A. Oak Park (20-10), which lost all five starters from last season's team and twice was routed by Oaks Christian in Tri-Valley League play this season, has made the final, along with St. Francis (19-11), which tied for fifth place in the Mission League. The division's two best teams, Chaminade and Cathedral, were put into the Open Division. It adds to the debate of whether diminishing the other divisions to create one 16-team super division makes the Southern Section playoffs better or worse.
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former UCLA linebacker Sean Westgate is returning to Oak Park to be the team's defensive coordinator, new Coach Tim Kenney said. Westgate was known for his hustle and toughness in high school and college.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 La Canada and St. Francis are located right next to each other. Now they get to meet in a 3A semifinal basketball playoff game on Friday night. Either team could walk to the other's gym with no problem. The game will be played at Maranatha High in Pasadena to handle the expected large crowd for the battlle of La Canada. Most intriguing is that St. Francis Coach Jeff Stephens was a longtime assistant coach to La Canada's Tom Hofman. In fact, Hofman attended Stephens' wedding 25 years ago (I hope Stevens still has the wedding present)
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February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Quarterback Chandler Whitbord of Oak Park has committed to Air Force. He passed for 3,235 yards and 43 touchdowns and ran for 1,126 yards and 10 touchdowns. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 22, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
GIRLS' SOCCER SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION 1 First round, Friday Harvard-Westlake 5, Rancho Cucamonga 1 Los Osos 2, Trabuco Hills 1 (OT) Los Alamitos 2, Brea Olinda 0 San Clemente 2, JSerra 0 Santa Margarita 2, San Juan Hills 0 Huntington Beach 2, Northwood 1 Villa Park 3, Redlands East Valley 0 Alemany 0, Alta Loma 0 (Alemany advances on penalties, 4-3) Foothill 4, Yucaipa 1 Mater Dei 2, Chaminade 0 Corona del Mar 1, Fountain Valley 1 (Corona del Mar advances on penalties, 4-3)
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February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Former St. Genevieve Coach Tim Kenney has been chosen to become the new football coach at Oak Park pending district approval.     Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 26, 1994 | GREG MEADE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Running backs Ryan McGaughey and Josh Brown combined for 270 yards to lead Atascadero High's 25-6 upset of Oak Park in a Southern Section Division IX quarterfinal-round playoff game Friday night. Atascadero (8-4), which finished second in the Los Padres League, marched 71 yards in seven plays after the opening kickoff and scored on a 24-yard run by McGaughey, who finished with 161 yards and two touchdowns in 25 carries. Brown rushed for 109 yards in 16 carries.
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February 4, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer, From Staff Reports
Lyndsey Medders has been reinstated by Southern Section Commissioner Jim Staunton and will be allowed to continue to play girls' basketball for Oak Park High. Medders missed five games after she was ruled ineligible because the section office did not recognize a bona fide change of address from the family's previous residence, a home in Westlake Village, to their current one, a leased home in Oak Park.
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February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Oak Park and St. Bonaventure are getting close to naming new football coaches. Final interviews are expected this week. Also, Long Beach Poly has been conducting interviews for its new coach and should be selecting a candidate soon. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 24, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This unexpectedly pleasant waterfall destination will seem a little off the map for some Angelenos, but I found it well worth the drive to Thousand Oaks and very much worth the walk. Note: It includes a short water crossing that in damp weather could involve some slippery stepping stones. 1. Begin your walk from Wildwood Park and look for the trail head at the lower end of the parking lot. Drop down a flight of wooden stairs and head right, following signs for Moonridge Trail to Paradise Falls.
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