Oak Park-River Forest

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Oak Park-River Forest
Oak Park, Illinois
Coaches Ginger Brent & Richard Mertz
State Championships none
National Championships none
National Appearances HSNCT: 2010, 2014-15
PACE: 2016-17
Program Status Active-ish
School Size 3399
NAQT Page link

Oak Park River Forest is a public high school in Oak Park, Illinois. It currently competes in the West Suburban Conference in the greater Chicago area and in Class AA of the IHSA State Championship Series.




OPRF started the year with the loss of most of its starting roster (Arjun Rawal, Ethan Mertz, and Noah Banholzer), but gained sophomore generalist Kevin Kodama in addition to senior specialists Cole Tamondong, Jon Niewijk, and Jon Panton. After starting the season with a promising win over conference rivals Hinsdale Central, OPRF proceeded to lose the next 5 matches against HC, including a subsequent championship match at Fenwick Kickoff. At Ultima, OPRF finished 3rd in the Uber division after defeating a shorthanded IMSA and a full Fremd team before losing to both Stevenson A and Hinsdale Central (twice). OPRF's lack of tournaments afterwards prevented them from facing stronger competition, but they finished 2nd at Fenton Masonic Sectionals to Hinsdale Central and took the conference championship home after finally defeating Hinsdale Central. In the IHSA State series, OPRF won a tight regional match against York and ended up winning the subsequent sectional over Hinsdale Central. At IHSA State, OPRF defeated Carbondale before losing to both Auburn and University (Normal), finishing T-5th. At the end of the season, both Anishka Bandara and Kevin Kodama were selected to represent Team Illinois at the 2017 NASAT.


In 2018, OPRF placed 5th in a competitive Loyola Ultima field. OPRF advanced to Masonic State and placed T-5th, but failed to advance to IHSA State after a close loss to Latin.

All-Sectional selections

Playing for Team Illinois

Notable Tournament Performances

Old Roster

A Team

  • Kevin Kodama
  • Christian Steinhofer
  • Casey Ford
  • Ari Schwartz
  • Emma Lofgren

B Team

  • Gordon Anderson
  • Cullen McAndrews
  • Eamon McAndrews
  • Gia
  • PJ


  • John Binder (2007)
  • Ben Carbery (2009-2011)
  • Arjun Rawal (2012-2016)
  • Ethan Mertz (2012-2016)
  • Noah Banholzer (2012-2016)
  • Anishka Bandara (2013-2017)
  • Sanjeev Venkatesan (2013-2017)
  • Cole Tamondong (2016-2017)
  • Jon Niewijk (2012-2017)
  • Warren Scales-Burgos (2014-2017)
  • Jon Panton (2013-2014, 2016-2017)