OPRF Badminton will start 1-1 in 2022 | Jobi Cool

Badminton is a sport that is becoming more popular at Illinois high schools, and Oak Park and River Forest High School coach Paul Wright believes that is due to the greater commitment shown by participants.

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

The Huskies are off to a 1-1 start this year with a win over Downers Grove South and a loss to Hinsdale Central. OPRF also placed second at the Thornton Fractional South Invitational on March 19.

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