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Paly football upsets Centennial 15-13 to seize state title

Paly football upsets Centennial 15-13 to seize state title

Ben Sneider, Design Editor
December 18
Filed under Fall Sports, Football

The Heroes of Yesteryear – who knew David wore a Viking hat? In its closest game of the year, the Palo Alto High School football team (14-0) toppled Centennial High School (14-1) with a thrilling 15-13 victory, taking home the California Interscholastic Federation Division I State Championship. In...

Football brings home CCS title with 21-14 win over Valley Christian

Football brings home CCS title with 21-14 win over Valley Christian

Ben Sneider, Design Editor
December 3
Filed under Fall Sports, Football

Lucky number 13. The Palo Alto High School football team (13-0) prevailed over Valley Christian High School (11-2) tonight, 21-14, continuing its undefeated run while taking home the Central Coast Section Open Division championship, and a chance to play for a state title. The Vikings improve to...

Column: Under the Helmet

Column: Under the Helmet

Brennan Miller, Staff Writer
November 16
Filed under Columns, Football

As Gunn High School running back Matt Mertz (‘11) leaked into the flats, an imaginary eight yard box extending from the hash marks to the sideline, I realized my mistake. I was in man-to-man coverage with Mertz because my fellow linebackers Michael Cullen (‘11) and Will Glazier (‘11) were blitzing....

Football takes down Mountain View 42-20 to remain undefeated

Football takes down Mountain View 42-20 to remain undefeated

Alan Lamarque, Staff Writer
November 6
Filed under Fall Sports, Football

The Vikings (9-0, 5-0) defeated the Mountain View Spartans (7-2, 4-1) 42-20 on Senior Night Friday, despite eight turnovers and five absent starters. Palo Alto High School lost five starters last game against Homestead High School, and therefore had to insert less experienced players into the lineup. Offensively,...

Working as a Unit

Kevin Kannappan, Staff Writer
October 18
Filed under Features, Football

They are the biggest, strongest, and toughest players on the field, yet they get the least attention.  When watching a football game, fans hardly ever look at the offensive line.  Instead, their minds are focused on the running backs, receivers and quarterbacks, who get most of the accolades, while...

Owens’ Witte’s and Moses’ Discuss Different Aspects of their Sibling Rivalries

Alana Schwartz, Staff Writer
October 18
Filed under Baseball, Football, Volleyball

The 2009 women’s Wimbledon grand slam finals were set to start just like every other year. The stands were filled, tickets sold out. Fans waited anxiously for the match to start. But that year something was different − the finalists were sisters, Serena and Venus Williams. The match ended in two sets ...

Concussions, Second Impact Syndrome and CIF Bylaw 313 in High School Sports

John Dickerson, Nathan Norimoto, Mariah Philips
October 12
Filed under Fall Sports, Features, Football, Pro Sports, Top Stories

Imagine your body being slammed into artificial turf by a 200 pound linebacker wearing a helmet with padding as hard as wood. Imagine your head smacking the ground, then whipping back into place, all in under a second. Ask Palo Alto High School offensive tackle Michael Lyzwa ('12) how it feels. Actually,...

Now and Then

Now and Then

Sam Maliska, Business Manager
October 11
Filed under Features, Football

Exactly two years, seven months, and 23 days after the Palo Alto varsity football team fell to Orange Lutheran High School in the California State Championship, varsity football head coach Earl Hansen and this year's squad stepped onto the field for the inaugural practice of the 2009 season. Donning...

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