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High School Baseball: As Seen From the Bench

Michael Pappas, Staff Writer
May 6
Filed under Baseball, Blogs, Columns, Spring Sports, Top Stories, Viking Cookbook

High school is a time where people look for themselves and find what they really enjoy doing. I knew going in to Paly that I loved baseball. I have played with the baseball team for all four years at Paly. Baseball is a sport that requires focus and long term endurance, as well as short quick movements...

More About Being Sore

Marina Foley, Staff Writer
January 25
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

Competitive sports are a sacrifice. Leaving practice with ice on every muscle possible, imagining the pain tomorrow will bring. A cold shower to give me a burst of energy to make it through the last hours of the day. In the end, nothing feels better than laying in a nice warm bed after a long day. Getting...

Fresh off a loss

Marina Foley, Blogger
January 6
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

A long, silent drive is not ideal after losing. Reflecting on your game is always a positive factor, but anything over an hour is just too much for one match. It starts to take a toll on your confidence. Instead of being constructive, it quickly becomes destructive. Late Sunday afternoon, there I wa...

Only so far

Marina Foley, Blogger
December 16
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

She took role, pronouncing practically everyone's names wrong, including mine. The entire second grade class laughed as the substitute teacher turned Marina into Mariana, and Conrad into Ken-rad. I laughed at the substitutes extra letter in my name, but Conrad didn't laugh at his new name. He gave Mrs....

The gender battle

The gender battle

Marina Foley, Blogger
December 10
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

In a broad spectrum, compared to women, men are bigger, faster, stronger, and more athletic. This is not to say that women are lesser, or should be treated with any less respect. Because of these prominent traits in men, their games are often played quickly and physically, making them sports much mor...

Live Blog: Football takes on Bellarmine for the CCS Championship

Live Blog: Football takes on Bellarmine for the CCS Championship

Sammy Solomon
December 2
Filed under Blogs, Football, Top Stories

8:03 pm: Palo Alto receives kickoff. [4:01 left in the 1st Q] Keller Chryst ('15)  is sacked on 4th and 10. [3:40 left in the 1st Q] Quarterback Travis McHugh throws for a 54 yard touchdown putting Bellarmine ahead 6-0.  The extra point kick was missed. [3:30 left in the 1st Q] B.J. Boyd ('12)...

One last try

Marina Foley, Blogger
December 2
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

Two wins in a whole year isn't quite what I would call a successful season. My team, the girls' soccer team, did not have a spectacular season last year. My freshman year, going on four years ago, the team made it to the finals of Central Coast Section. At the time, I was excited to be there with...

Oh, Thanksgiving

Marina Foley, Blogger
November 27
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

Turkey smothered in cranberry sauce next to a mountain of mashed potatoes and endless desserts just waiting to be devoured. Who doesn't love thanksgiving? By the end of the night I can always judge how much I really like the food by the magnitude of my stomach ache. This year it came early, right...

Swim Dog, Swim!

Marina Foley, Blogger
November 20
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

When I look at my dog Bebe, we have nothing in common. She looks up at me with her puppy eyes, but I've seen cuter. To say I'm not an animal person would be an understatement. It's not that I have a problem with them, I just refuse to stop my routine to give her a daily dose of rubs and kisses. When we first got Be...

Don’t stink, Paly!

Marina Foley, Blogger
October 30
Filed under Blogs, Foley Files

Girls rule, boys drool. Boys stink, girls...well, not too fast there, clever elementary school kids. Rhymes on the playground are harmless, but the smell emanating from the team rooms and locker rooms are a different story. Girls love to blame the boys - saying their football pads and cleats fumes...

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