OPRF badminton off to 1-1 start in 2022

Badminton is a sport that is becoming more popular in Illinois high schools, and Oak Park and River Forest High School coach Paul Wright believes it’s due to an increased dedication being shown by participants.

“We’re seeing over the last five to 10 years more girls specializing in badminton year-round,” he said. “The main thing is getting kids to feel they’re part of something and go compete. We have six to eight girls that compete or train during the offseason, and that’s helped us grow as a program.”

The Huskies are off to a 1-1 start this year, defeating Downers Grove South and losing to Hinsdale Central. OPRF also finished second at the Thornton Fractional South Invitational on March 19.

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