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Playing positive

Playing positive

Hana Kajimura

June 1, 2010


Filed under Basketball - Boys, Features, Pro Sports

The crowd rises to its feet as a purple 32 flashes past the scorer’s table. On January 30, 1996, Earvin “Magic” Johnson makes his reappearing act with nine minutes and 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After missing his first shot, Magic makes an assist for a three, sinks a right-handed...

Perfect Prescription: The Role of Stress in Sports

April 16, 2010


Filed under Features, Spring Sports, Swimming - Girls, Top Stories

Danielle Carlson ('10) jumps into the pool after a day filled with tests, projects, and presentations. With each stroke, Carlson falls into a meditative rhythm as her stress melts away. "Sometimes I have to get away from all work I have to do," Carlson said. "[Swimming] is my way of getting away...

Palo Alto High School baseball coaches Dick Held and Dave Goldman model consistency, dedication

Mark Raftrey

April 1, 2010


Filed under Features

At the end of a Paly baseball practice on a brisk Friday night in mid-March, there are three people who remain on the quickly darkening field when all others have left. All three are coaches, clad in green windbreakers, Paly baseball hats and gray baseball pants. The tall, wiry, mustached Dick...

Brown and Lin continue their brothers’ legacies

Brown and Lin continue their brothers’ legacies

Talia Moyal

March 11, 2010


Filed under Basketball - Boys, Features

On March 17th, 2006, the Palo Alto High School boys' varsity basketball team amassed a 24-1 record in regular season games, culminating in the state championship. Few people expected them to go that far, even fewer expected them to win. At Arco Arena in Sacramento against the Mater Dei Monarchs, Kevin...

Paly green. Olympic gold. Fade to black.

Paly green. Olympic gold. Fade to black.

George Brown and Cassie Prioleau, Editors-in-Chief

February 22, 2010


Filed under Features, Wrestling

With the Vancouver Olympics in full swing, fans around the world watch the world's best athletes and pick their heroes. They dream of what it would be like to stand on the podium with a medal around their own neck. But by the time the next Olympic games roll around, many of these heroes are forgotten....

Religion in Sports

Religion in Sports

Alistair Thompson, Managing Editor

February 20, 2010


Filed under Features

Beyond the north end zone of Notre Dame Stadium, high above the scoreboard and all of the action that takes place on the field below, stands the south wall of the Hesburgh library. Adorned upon that wall is the "World of Life" mural, known by countless college football fans as "Touchdown Jesus."The...

Crash Course: The most dangerous sports

Mark Raftrey

December 16, 2009


Filed under Features, Pro Sports

There are a select few sports that most will never compete in because they are simply put, likely to cause pain, but cheerleading and golf? Seriously? Believe it or not, these activities that are often considered tame or not even sports at all can be unexpectedly dangerous. Bring your first-aid...

Rebuilding the Squad

Sam Greene, Copy-Editor

November 19, 2009


Filed under Fall Sports, Features, Water Polo - Boys

This past season, the Palo Alto High School boys' varsity water polo team jump-started its new program with a squad of 14 athletes; nearly half of which were underclassmen. Given the circumstances and an understanding of the lack of size, skill and experience in the roster, the team came together to...

Weighting For Change

Gracie Marshall, Mariah Philips, Staff Writers

November 18, 2009


Filed under Features

"The Paly weight room is like a middle school dance," Kevin Anderson ('11) said. "There is a clear line that divides guys and girls." The weight room is a cramped building located between the boys' gym and the pool deck. The 24 machines and structures, which overshadow the size of the interi...

Captains lead teams across Paly’s athletic facilities; How they’re selected is a totally different thing

Captains lead teams across Paly’s athletic facilities; How they’re selected is a totally different thing

Mary Albertolle, Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2009


Filed under Features

With less than three minutes left on the clock, the score tied, the players sprint down the field in attempt to defend the goal. The whistle echoes in their ears as a foul is called against their defender, resulting in a free kick. As the opposing team kicks, the ball smacks a defender's head and he...

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