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Q & A with Jack Devine

Bryan Look and Quinn Knoblock
November 2, 2016
Filed under Features, Football, Lacrosse - Boys, Profiles

VIKING MAGAZINE: What is playing sports like at a private school compared to a public school? JACK DEVINE:  I haven’t witnessed it firsthand, but from what I’ve heard, I think it’s a bit more of a commitment if you’re playing a private school sport. VM: How so? JD: With Bellarmine Football,... Read more »

Olympic Swimmer Maya Dirado

Olympic Swimmer Maya Dirado

Samantha Guillet and Mara Zenger
October 3, 2016
Filed under Features, Profiles

Two golds, one silver and one bronze are the medals that USA Olympic swimmer Maya Dirado took home from Rio this year. Her first name is actually Madeline, however, her older sister who couldn’t say Madeline started calling her Maya and it has stuck ever since. Dirado started her swimming career... Read more »

Redefining brotherhood

Redefining brotherhood

Anna Dukovic and Megan Valencia
February 11, 2015
Filed under Features, Profiles, Top Stories

At Paly, some athletes have older siblings on their sports teams who they can look to for guidance and inspiration. These teammates share a last name and a bond that is unique from the relationships between other members of the team. Although wrestlers James Giaccia (‘15) and Seth Goyal (‘17) are... Read more »

Where He Is Now

Where He Is Now

Maddy Atwater and Isaac Kasevich
November 12, 2014
Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Football, Profiles, Top Stories

For top-flight athletes, one false step can bring injury. Some athletes are sidelined for minutes, some for games and some even miss whole seasons. But, there are a few cases through all levels of sport where an injury or health issue can end a promising career prematurely.  In just a few brief but... Read more »

Last Call

Last Call

Alex Murray and Josh Stern
April 16, 2014
Filed under Featured Sports Scrollbox, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Started in 2000, the Literature of Sport English elective offered to juniors and seniors of Palo Alto High School has grown increasingly popular over the last decade. Through it’s fourteen years of existence, the class has always started the same way. Each student signs up to read the columns of the... Read more »

The triple threat

The triple threat

Megan Valencia, Staff Writer
February 12, 2014
Filed under Basketball - Boys, Featured Athlete, Profiles

In high school basketball, a 3-point shooter stands 19 feet, 9 inches from the basket. Kevin Mullin (‘15) has no trouble with this distance, as he has the highest overall point count and greatest number of successful 3-pointers on the Paly varsity team. Though statistics represent the measurable athletic... Read more »

Marlene Bjornsrud, winner of 2013 Women and Sport Award, speaks at Paly

Marlene Bjornsrud, winner of 2013 Women and Sport Award, speaks at Paly

Clara Harrington, Staff Writer
January 21, 2014
Filed under Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Marlene Bjornsrud, winner of the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport Award for the Americas for 2013, presented on women in sports at Paly today. “No one plays a sport with any desire but to be successful,” Bjornsrud said. Bjornsrud co-founded the organization Bay Area Women's S... Read more »

Break away

Break away

Clara Harrington and Maddie Kinnaman
December 2, 2013
Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

  Although backflips, backspins and headspins may be generic words that distinguish breakdancing, but its history and cultural impact are largely unknown. When breakdancing first gained popularity, the tradition of dance battles had already been established; it was strong among street gangs in N... Read more »

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Sheila Subramanian, Staff Writer
December 2, 2013
Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Standing at just 5’10” and 161 pounds, Palo Alto High School’s Andrew Lau (‘14) is able to bench a whopping 220 pounds, squat almost twice his bodyweight at 315 pounds, and deadlift 365 pounds. Lau excels in a sport that remains unfamiliar to many people, powerlifting. Powerlifting is a strength... Read more »

A turning pointe

A turning pointe

Anna Dukovic and Megan Valencia
December 2, 2013
Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Watching a ballet performance, one may notice the fluid movements, the graceful leaps and the beauty. Through the intricate costumes and seemingly effortless movements of the dancers, the pressure upon the dedicated dancers who create the art before them is not apparent. Difficulties arise from the mental... Read more »

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