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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...

Rising From the Ashes

Rising From the Ashes

James Fetter, Hana Erickson, Tyler Stoen, and Jenna Hickey

January 9, 2020

The stadium stood like an oasis amidst a desert of ash and fiery remains. Residents of Paradise began coming in and filling the seats to witness their high school football team link arms and walk to midfield. As the pre-game show began, waves of emotions and memories of the past year flooded back. On Aug...

Dye Hard

Dye Hard

Tyler Stoen, Ella Jones, Liam Nagesh, Annika Shah, and Sophie Kadifa

November 14, 2019

Great spikes of pool water rise into the air as the energetic hands of the Palo Alto High School Swim team catapult their beloved coach, Danny Dye, into the home waters of their pool. The buzz of celebration is not without cause- it’s Dye’s 200th win at Paly. But the exuberant support of his swimm...

High School Powerhouses

High School Powerhouses

Sofia Bliss-Carrascosa, James Fetter, Vijay Homan, and Tina Lagerblad

November 12, 2019

On a September night in 2004 before the watchful eyes of 25,000 fans, a football game was underway between elite high schools De La Salle and Bellevue High. For the fair-weather fan, this game was like any other matchup. But for the hard-core fan, the game had the potential to rewrite history. The...

From Paly to the Pros

From Paly to the Pros

Justin Byer, James Fetter, Vijay Homan, Tyler Stoen, and Elif Turgut

September 30, 2019

As the clock ticked down and the morale of their opponents faded, the Paly basketball players knew: they had won the first state championship in school history. The 2006 Paly basketball team was one that will be immortalized in school history for taking down a modern-day Goliath in the Mater Dei basket...

Out of Luck

Out of Luck

Sofia Bliss-Carrascosa, Jenna Hickey, Liam Nagesh, and Luke Thieman

September 30, 2019

A tired Andrew Luck walked off the field of Lucas Oil Stadium to loud jeers from his own fans, following the Indianapolis Colts preseason contest versus the Chicago Bears. Luck had not cost his team a bad loss with poor decision-making, no, he had cost his team much more: hope of a championship ring. ...

Viking’s 2019-2020 College Football Preseason Rankings

Viking’s 2019-2020 College Football Preseason Rankings

Josh Lai and Griffin Kemp

May 28, 2019

top25rankings With college football spring games wrapping up and numerous commitments from the upcoming 2020 class, we take a look at who the top dogs of college football are today. Clemson - The Clemson Tigers are at the helm of college football, and aren’t going down anytime soon. The offense, led...

Champion

Champion

Ya'el Sarig, Tina Lagerblad, Josh Lai, and Will DeAndre

April 11, 2019

If you didn’t know any better, you might think it was Mary Poppins’ bag. After all, the supply of treasures within it appeared endless, and for a mid-sized, seemingly demure black bag, it reached surprising depths. Once a hand went into it, it would invariably spend a few seconds jostling around, encou...

Stepping into the Limelight

Stepping into the Limelight

Sanaz Ebrahimi, Ya'el Sarig, Zach Phillips, and David Hickey

February 11, 2019

Eric Housen was 45 when he won his first championship ring. He wasn’t on the court, nor was he on the bench. He couldn’t be seen on television, and fans weren’t wearing his jersey. Why then, surrounded by the flashing blue-yellow strobe lights and screaming fans, did Warriors point guard Stephen Curry,...

Ball Player Brilliance

Ball Player Brilliance

Sanaz Ebrahimi, Tina Lagerblad, Conner Lusk, and Jack Such

January 28, 2019

Jamir Shepard (‘20) trots out of the huddle to his position out wide. His assignment is a post-corner option; a route where he is tasked with reading the safety and deciding to cut left or right down the field. In the seconds he has until the defense breaches the protective seal of the offensive line...

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