The Viking Magazine

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

Jackson Bundy, Matthew Marzano, and Will DeAndre

February 20, 2020

Tuck Rule Everybody knows the Tuck Rule play: young Tom Brady trying to lead a drive down the field to tie the game against the Raiders in the divisional round of the 2002 playoffs. As soon as the play starts, cornerback Charles Woodson blitzes off the edge, hitting Brady as he tucks the ball in from...

A Blast From the Past

A Blast From the Past

Jenna Hickey, Liam Nagesh, and Jack Elarde

February 20, 2020

The Original Dawg Today, dogs on campus are no rarity, with service dogs coming every Wednesday. But back in Talman’s time, dogs were not as welcome on campus, as they were seen as dangerous. Despite this, the first time I talked to Talman, he told me about this little black dog named Henry. Alt...

> Athlete: Giving Players a Chance to be More

> Athlete: Giving Players a Chance to be More

Ya'el Sarig, Annika Shah, and Ella Jones

February 20, 2020

“The arms will take you; the arms will set you free!” Treyjohn Butler says, cupping his hands around an imaginary football as young players individually sprint out at him. Ten feet in they make a sharp pivot, turn, and catch the ball over their right shoulder, if they’re speedy enough and they properly...

Deception on the Diamond

Deception on the Diamond

Vijay Homan and James Fetter

February 20, 2020

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquar looks down at his catcher’s signs to receive the call for the 2-2 pitch. A change-up. It was perfect — the contrast in speed from the previous fastballs would surely get the batter, Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis, to mistime his swing and strike out. Two loud...

Ballers to Scholars

Ballers to Scholars

Sophie Kadifa, Hana Erickson, Nikhil Majeti, and Tina Lagerblad

February 20, 2020

Ms. Whitson  Although Debbie Whitson is a beloved economics teacher at Palo Alto High School, she also once had a career as a Division III tennis player at Lewis and Clark College. Whitson grew up in Los Altos and started playing tennis when she was nine years old because that was the minimum age...

Competitive Inequality

Kevin Cullen and Conner Lusk

February 20, 2020

Going into the state playoffs last year, the Vikings football team was surprised as they were seeded to Division III of the state tournament. In previous years, Paly had been a D1 team, but with the new seeding, the size of a school no longer matters, only their season record. Last year, the boys and...

Senior Night Spoiled for Girls Soccer in 0-3 Loss

Senior Night Spoiled for Girls Soccer in 0-3 Loss

Ya'el Sarig, Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2020

Despite senior night celebrations setting a celebratory tone for the game, the girls soccer team was unable to pull away with a win to cap off the night, losing 0-3 versus Homestead this Friday to drop to 5-4-7 overall this year.  The festivities were short-lived. Homestead dominated the game f...

Viking’s Defense Shines as Paly Beats Homestead on Senior Night, 47-33

Viking’s Defense Shines as Paly Beats Homestead on Senior Night, 47-33

Luke Thieman, Staff Writer

February 8, 2020

The Palo Alto Vikings men’s varsity basketball team defeated the Homestead Mustangs by a score of 47-33 on Friday night. Led by a stellar defensive effort and a strong performance from league MVP candidate Matthew Marzano (‘20), the Vikings were able to pull out the victory after celebrating the s...

Boys Soccer beats Cupertino 2-0

Boys Soccer beats Cupertino 2-0

Elif Turgut, Josh Lai, and Jenna Hickey

February 7, 2020

The Paly boy’s varsity soccer team took a 2-0 win when they faced Cupertino on Wednesday, February 5. Starting the game off strong, the team kept good distribution with great passes.    The two stars of the game, Alex Siegel (‘20) and Marc Essindi (‘20) each made one of their te...

Girls Varsity Soccer loses to Los Gatos, 2-1

Girls Varsity Soccer loses to Los Gatos, 2-1

February 4, 2020

The Paly girls varsity soccer team was defeated 2-1 by Los Gatos on Wednesday, in a defensively dominated game.     Palo Alto fell behind early, and couldn’t muster enough opposition to gain a lead. Los Gatos scored two goals in the first half, which put pressure on the Vikings to put ...

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