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Squashing the Competition: An in depth look at Aman Mittal

Squashing the Competition: An in depth look at Aman Mittal

Ethan Stern and Skylar Burris
October 20
Filed under Features

  An average weekday for Palo Alto junior Aman Mittal (‘17) is very similar to every other 16-year old boy. It includes going to school, playing his sport of choice, and finding time around that to complete his homework load for the night. However, Mittal’s sport of choice is not football,...

Smack Talk

Smack Talk

Ryan Chang and Jamie Cullen
October 20
Filed under Features

We all remember Richard Sherman’s infamous interview after the 2014 NFC Championship game, where he personally called out Michael Crabtree on national television. What sports fan could forget Michael Jordan shooting free-throws with his eyes closed to spite Dikembe Mutombo? These top-tier athletes...

Influenced athletes

Influenced athletes

Clara Harrington and Meredith Kinnaman
February 11
Filed under Features, Top Stories

Pulling up to a house with friends, you can already hear the music blasting and the sounds of a good time. It’s been a long week of homework, tests and practice. As you walk through the front door, you have two options for the night: accept the drink that’s held out in front of you, or pass it up...

Keep your head in the game

Keep your head in the game

Kylie Callan and Bryn Carlson
February 11
Filed under Baseball, Features, Lacrosse - Boys, Lacrosse - Girls, Top Stories, Volleyball, Water Polo - Boys

One in five high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during their season. At a school like Paly, where a large part of the student body is involved in athletics, this fact can create a big problem that includes the students, their families, their teachers and the administration. A concussion...

FIFA’s dark side

Samuel Desré, Alys Olmstead, and Reuben Kramer
February 11
Filed under Features, Pro Sports

Every four years when the World Cup rolls around, a wave of excitement spreads around the world. Countries ranging from the United States to Ghana compete, fans from every country gather together in one stadium, and the culture of the host country is embraced to the fullest. However, behind all the glor...

Redefining brotherhood

Redefining brotherhood

Anna Dukovic and Megan Valencia
February 11
Filed under Features, Profiles, Top Stories

At Paly, some athletes have older siblings on their sports teams who they can look to for guidance and inspiration. These teammates share a last name and a bond that is unique from the relationships between other members of the team. Although wrestlers James Giaccia (‘15) and Seth Goyal (‘17) are...

True passion

Kylie Callan and Reuben Kramer
December 12
Filed under Baseball, Basketball - Girls, Features, Lacrosse - Girls, Soccer - Boys, Soccer - Girls, Softball, Swimming - Boys, Tennis - Girls, Top Stories, Volleyball

Shawn Johnson began gymnastics at the age of three. Ryan Lochte first learned to swim at age five. Abby Wambach dribbled her first soccer ball at the age of four. Since then, they have spent innumerable hours working towards greatness. Their efforts have earned them a place in history. Their names have...

Where He Is Now

Where He Is Now

Maddy Atwater and Isaac Kasevich
November 12
Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Football, Profiles, Top Stories

For top-flight athletes, one false step can bring injury. Some athletes are sidelined for minutes, some for games and some even miss whole seasons. But, there are a few cases through all levels of sport where an injury or health issue can end a promising career prematurely.  In just a few brief but...

No exclusions

No exclusions

Hayley Poore and Reuben Kramer
November 12
Filed under Cross-Country - Boys, Cross-Country - Girls, Features, Top Stories

Many people play a sport for one reason: they fall in love with the game.  Cross country, however, attracts runners for a variety of reasons.  While some do it because they enjoy running and want to stay in shape, others do it for the sole purpose of getting a prep. Cross country does not require...

Digging it

Digging it

Megan Valencia, Business Manager
November 12
Filed under Features, Top Stories, Volleyball

This year, there are many new faces in the Palo Alto High School athletic department. One of those new faces is head volleyball coach Daniele Desiderio. Desiderio took over after former head coach Dave Winn stepped in favor of the head coach position at Mountain View High School. Unlike Winn, Desiderio...

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