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More Than a Game

More Than a Game

Parker Bates, Guest writer

May 30, 2020

The absence of any kind of televised sports over the last two months is wreaking havoc on my household. Two months ago, at precisely 7:10 PM every night, you would have found my dad and brother glued to the TV watching their beloved San Francisco Giants. If the game was not televised, it would be on t...

Social Distancing Sports

Social Distancing Sports

Kevin Cullen and Ella Jones

May 27, 2020

As a team sport athlete, I am very used to and deeply enjoy being in the presence of others: my teammates, my coaches, my adoring fans, etc.. Therefore, my experience in quarantine has been extremely jarring and unpleasant. Not only stripped of the closure to my high school softball career, I suffered the...

Viking Tries: NBA 2K20

Viking Tries: NBA 2K20

Will DeAndre, Executive Senior Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

In the past decade, esports have come a long way. Playing video games in front of an audience for a living, a concept that was laughed at in the past has emerged as a reality for people across the globe. Gamers are winning competitions and earning hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars, and...

When Should Sports Start?

When Should Sports Start?

Tina Lagerblad and Elif Turgut

May 23, 2020

The Coronavirus has had many impacts on the world around us. One thing that it greatly affects is the world of sports. Sports all over the world have canceled their seasons and stopped practice in order to protect themselves and others from this spreading virus. With this growing concern comes the quest...

The Women Behind the Madness

The Women Behind the Madness

Miles Breen and Frida Rivera

May 23, 2020

Each year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s Division I basketball tournament dominates the airwaves from mid-March through the first week of April. In the weeks leading up to it, avid basketball fans watch and cheer on their favorite teams as they fight to gain a spot in the tournament. ...

Dear Body Positivity

Dear Body Positivity

Anonymous

May 22, 2020

Before I dive into your flaws, let me address your strengths. I love your message that skinny isn’t the only shape that’s beautiful, that curves and rolls and cellulite are beautiful. I believe you — beauty comes in all shapes and sizes — tall, short, dark, light, rou...

Un-Empower Puff

Un-Empower Puff

Chloe Laursen and Jackson Bundy

May 21, 2020

Palo Alto High School used to be home to a plethora of different traditions. However, throughout the years, they have been slowly taken away or transformed. Powder Puff was one of these traditions that many looked forward to. The world of football is usually dominated by male athletes, and Powder Puff...

You Watch Sports?

You Watch Sports?

Katherine Cheng and Sanaz Ebrahimi

May 18, 2020

Sitting across from me, my classmate casually asked, “what was the score of last night’s Warriors game?”  Shouting the question out loud, directed at nobody and everybody, he didn’t receive a response for several seconds. I spoke up, offering the answer. The reaction I’d gotten a...

The Final Final Word

The Final Final Word

Kevin Cullen and Sam Cleasby

April 2, 2020

High School Forever: A Kevin Cullen Breakup Letter Dear Paly Athletics, I write this with a heavy heart. The time has come for me to move on to the next chapter in my life. Trust me when I say that it’s not you, it’s me. You will forever hold a place in my heart, but we just aren’t the people w...

Perspective: Three Reflections on Being a Female Paly Athlete

Perspective: Three Reflections on Being a Female Paly Athlete

Ella Jones, Sanaz Ebrahimi, and Ya'el Sarig

March 27, 2020

It’s a cult-classic matchup: Paly vs. Los Gatos basketball. The games have been embroiled in a heated, tense rivalry for as long as most Paly students can remember. Countless fights have broken out at Gatos games; countless crass chants have had to be silenced. In our time at Paly, we’ve known t...

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