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News brief: Swimmer Andrew Liang (’14) commits to the Cardinal

News brief: Swimmer Andrew Liang (’14) commits to the Cardinal

Sheila Subramanian, Staff Writer
October 1, 2013
Filed under College Sports, Featured Athlete, Swimming - Boys, Top Stories

On October 1st, Palo Alto High School swimmer and Olympic trialist Andrew Liang (‘14) announced his intentions to stay in Palo Alto after verbally committing to Stanford University. Also considering offers from Harvard and Princeton, Liang decided the Cardinal was the best fit for him. “Stanford was the...

And we’re off: College football kick-off

And we’re off: College football kick-off

Zach Rizk, Columnist
September 8, 2013
Filed under College Sports, Columns, Top Stories

There really aren’t many things that I love as much as college football. Questionably better than my prized Chick-Fil-A, it's easy for me to acknowledge the month of September, of college football, as the most wonderful time of year. This year, it didn't take long for the action to get rolling. Wi...

Chryst picks Stanford over USC, Alabama

Chryst picks Stanford over USC, Alabama

Zach Rizk, Columnist
June 29, 2013
Filed under College Sports, Fall Sports, Football, Top Stories

Palo Alto high school’s standout quarterback Keller Chryst (‘14) decided to stay in his hometown, Palo Alto, after committing to the Stanford Cardinal, Thursday. Chryst picked Stanford over offers from Alabama, Arizona, USC and Pitt. "I just felt it was the best for me overall," Chryst said to...

Diving deep

Diving deep

Jordan Gans and Hilda Huang
April 26, 2013
Filed under Features, Profiles, Swimming - Boys, Top Stories

Few sports have a lower performance to training time ratio than does diving - an Olympic repertoire typically lasts no more than a minute or two, a high school six-dive lasts no more than 30 seconds. That hasn’t deterred freshmen divers Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin from training 14 hours a week, hur...

Fresh out of Luck

Fresh out of Luck

Josh Stern, Staff Writer
October 10, 2012
Filed under College Sports, Columns, Top Stories

Before Stanford played USC, I was ready to write a long column on all the ways the Cardinal needed to step up in order to repeat the success of previous seasons. After its first two games, Stanford seemed like it wouldn't be able to win against a decent team. But as I stormed the field with the re...

Girls’ cross-country places 10th at the Stanford Invitational meet

Sammy Solomon, News Editor
September 29, 2012
Filed under Cross-Country - Girls

The Palo Alto High School girls’ cross-country team placed 10th out of 27 teams in the Stanford Invitational meet’s 5-kilometer race. Co-captain Nora Rosati ('13) maintained an average mile time of 6:28 throughout the race, finishing 31st out of the 196 runners with a total time of 20:05. Chika ...

Girls’ water polo season preview

Sammy Solomon, News Editor
September 4, 2012
Filed under Fall Sports, Featured Sports Scrollbox, Water Polo - Girls

After advancing to the second round of the Central Coast Section Championships (CCS) last year, the girls’ water polo team hopes to improve on a 9-6 league record and to reappear at CCS. With the loss of leading scorers Shannon Scheel (‘12) and Stanford recruit Skylar Dorosin (‘12), the team lo...

The great debate: Should NFL teams play their starters in the preseason?

The great debate: Should NFL teams play their starters in the preseason?

Jonny Glazier, Austin Poore, Columnist, Features Editor
September 3, 2012
Filed under Columns, Featured Sports Scrollbox, Great Debate, Pro Sports, Top Stories

Throughout the NFL preseason, teams are faced with the difficult decision regarding how much they should play their stars, if at all, in the meaningless warm-up games. The issue has spawned heated debate among analysts, fans and even Viking staffers whose strong opinions differ regarding this complex ...

The Pac-Anticlimactic

The Pac-Anticlimactic

Peter Dennis, Columnist
February 2, 2012
Filed under College Sports, Columns, Featured Sports Scrollbox, Top Stories

Sometimes I get ashamed for living in California. Mind you, that’s not very often, what with our low 60’s weather in the winter (and we complain for every degree of it), lack of obnoxious accents, sweet catch phrase “West Coast/Best Coast,” and just general awesomeness, but still, with our premier...

The Pessimist: Sports Commentary is Terrible

The Pessimist: Sports Commentary is Terrible

Peter Dennis, Columnist
January 12, 2012
Filed under College Sports, Columns, Featured Sports Scrollbox, Top Stories

Note: For commentary on the growing scandal over The Optimist's blog, as the title would suggest, please look at the last three paragraphs of this column. As I watched Oregon handily win the “Granddaddy of them all,” (the Rose Bowl) over Wisconsin, (both in levels of swag and on the scoreboard...

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