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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 peo...

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...

Why the XFL is Going to Succeed

Why the XFL is Going to Succeed

Joey Passarello and Kevin Cullen

March 27, 2020

With the final moments of the Super Bowl signaling the end of the NFL’s season, many diehard football fans consider the end of the traditional postseason to mean the last of any high-level football until college football returns in August. However, even with the NFL’s absence, the end of the Super B...

Should PAUSD hire another Trainer?

Should PAUSD hire another Trainer?

Matthew Marzano and Jackson Bundy

March 27, 2020

Injuries are by far the worst part of sports; for the most part they’re unavoidable, and can even be season-ending. Most athletes will need to visit the trainer for injuries at some point throughout their season. In 2017, Paly was gifted the beautiful Peery Center. In it resides a state-of-the-art t...

Viking Tries: Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

Viking Tries: Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

Justin Byer, Sam Cleasby, and Sofie Vogel

February 20, 2020

Since 1951, the best of the best from the NFL have come together in a classic all-star game known as the Pro Bowl. Players from the AFC and NFC go head to head in a highly contested match with an emphasis on entertainment value. The unique draw of the Pro Bowl does not come solely from the match itself, howeve...

Dear Kobe

Dear Kobe

Ya'el Sarig, Editor in Chief

February 20, 2020

Dear Kobe: Even as I begin writing this, it’s hard to know what to say. It would be a disservice to you – to your legacy – to pretend I’m the person best equipped to write a tribute to you. How do I properly do justice to a player who was past his prime when I became fully involved in the...

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...

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...

Barbell Hell

Barbell Hell

Kevin Cullen and Sam Cleasby

January 9, 2020

If you have never witnessed Paly’s weight room during tutorial, then allow me to describe what it is like for you. More than enough kids to surpass fire department safety standards crammed into a space with several tools and machines that could cause injury to oneself or others if misused. Now add u...

At What Cost?

At What Cost?

Matthew Marzano, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

In today’s world, sports organizations across the globe manage their professional teams in completely different ways. Some will do whatever it takes to win, even if that means acquiring controversial players, while others will try to stay out of the media’s light so that they don’t get slandered by the fans. Whichever direction the organizations choose, they need to be held more accountable for their decisions. 

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