The Viking Magazine

Palo Alto community rallies behind football team

Though many Paly fans could not make the trip to Carson for the CIF Div. I State Championship, fans packed the Old Pro in Palo Alto. The Vikings won their first-ever football state championship.

Emy Kelty, Staff Writer

December 18, 2010

Four hundred miles from where the Palo Alto High School football team was playing for the State Championship, the Old Pro in downtown Palo Alto was going crazy. It was so crowded that management charged $7 just to get in to the famed sports bar on Ramona Street. Everyone was watching the game. ...

Paly football upsets Centennial 15-13 to seize state title

With tonight's win over Centennial at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the 2010 Vikings go down in Paly history with an unmatched 14-0 record and the school's first ever state championship. The team graduates nine starters from this year's squad. Photo by Alex Kershner.

Ben Sneider, Design Editor

December 18, 2010

The Heroes of Yesteryear – who knew David wore a Viking hat? In its closest game of the year, the Palo Alto High School football team (14-0) toppled Centennial High School (14-1) with a thrilling 15-13 victory, taking home the California Interscholastic Federation Division I State Championship. In...

Football brings home CCS title with 21-14 win over Valley Christian

Football brings home CCS title with 21-14 win over Valley Christian

Ben Sneider, Design Editor

December 3, 2010

Lucky number 13. The Palo Alto High School football team (13-0) prevailed over Valley Christian High School (11-2) tonight, 21-14, continuing its undefeated run while taking home the Central Coast Section Open Division championship, and a chance to play for a state title. The Vikings improve to...

Column: Under the Helmet

Column: Under the Helmet

Brennan Miller, Staff Writer

November 16, 2010

As Gunn High School running back Matt Mertz (‘11) leaked into the flats, an imaginary eight yard box extending from the hash marks to the sideline, I realized my mistake. I was in man-to-man coverage with Mertz because my fellow linebackers Michael Cullen (‘11) and Will Glazier (‘11) were blitzing....

Football takes down Mountain View 42-20 to remain undefeated

Wideout Maurice Williams ('11) had a big night for the Vikings, including an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Alan Lamarque, Staff Writer

November 6, 2010

The Vikings (9-0, 5-0) defeated the Mountain View Spartans (7-2, 4-1) 42-20 on Senior Night Friday, despite eight turnovers and five absent starters. Palo Alto High School lost five starters last game against Homestead High School, and therefore had to insert less experienced players into the lineup. Offensively,...

Working as a Unit

Kevin Kannappan, Staff Writer

October 18, 2010

They are the biggest, strongest, and toughest players on the field, yet they get the least attention.  When watching a football game, fans hardly ever look at the offensive line.  Instead, their minds are focused on the running backs, receivers and quarterbacks, who get most of the accolades, while...

Owens’ Witte’s and Moses’ Discuss Different Aspects of their Sibling Rivalries

Alana Schwartz, Staff Writer

October 18, 2010

The 2009 women’s Wimbledon grand slam finals were set to start just like every other year. The stands were filled, tickets sold out. Fans waited anxiously for the match to start. But that year something was different − the finalists were sisters, Serena and Venus Williams. The match ended in two sets ...

Concussions, Second Impact Syndrome and CIF Bylaw 313 in High School Sports

John Dickerson, Nathan Norimoto, Mariah Philips

October 12, 2010

Imagine your body being slammed into artificial turf by a 200 pound linebacker wearing a helmet with padding as hard as wood. Imagine your head smacking the ground, then whipping back into place, all in under a second. Ask Palo Alto High School offensive tackle Michael Lyzwa ('12) how it feels. Actually,...

Now and Then

Coach Earl Hansen commands the Viking offense in the 2010 season against Archbishop Mitty. That season, the Vikings finished with a 14-0 record and won the state title.

Sam Maliska, Business Manager

October 11, 2009

Exactly two years, seven months, and 23 days after the Palo Alto varsity football team fell to Orange Lutheran High School in the California State Championship, varsity football head coach Earl Hansen and this year's squad stepped onto the field for the inaugural practice of the 2009 season. Donning...

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