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Hockey stop

Hockey stop

Zoe Bhargava, Staff Writer

February 12, 2014


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Hard, fast hits. Cold, slick ice. Long wooden sticks and one small three inch rubber puck. All of which are key parts of hockey, an intense sport for the physically tough and proficient skaters with deft stickhandling ability that can endure long periods of fast play and constant body aches. Played in...

The field of jeans

The field of jeans

Alys Olmstead and Hayley Poore

February 12, 2014


Filed under Features, Pro Sports

    After 43 years at Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers will start the 2014 season in their new home, Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara. The opening of the stadium will start a new chapter for the 49ers franchise, which has brought mixed emotions from season ticket holders.   Many Paly st...

Marlene Bjornsrud, winner of 2013 Women and Sport Award, speaks at Paly

Marlene Bjornsrud, winner of 2013 Women and Sport Award, speaks at Paly

Clara Harrington, Staff Writer

January 21, 2014


Filed under Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Marlene Bjornsrud, winner of the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport Award for the Americas for 2013, presented on women in sports at Paly today. “No one plays a sport with any desire but to be successful,” Bjornsrud said. Bjornsrud co-founded the organization Bay Area Women's S...

Wrestling with tradition

Wrestling with tradition

Olivia Scola, Staff Writer

December 2, 2013


Filed under Features, Top Stories, Winter Sports, Wrestling

Since the ancient Olympic games began in 708 BC and then resumed in 1896, only males represented their countries. While women eventually earned the right to compete at the Olympic level, it wasn’t until the 2004 summer games they appeared on the wrestling mat. In Palo Alto, this year, coach Dave...

Break away

Break away

Clara Harrington and Maddie Kinnaman

December 2, 2013


Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

  Although backflips, backspins and headspins may be generic words that distinguish breakdancing, but its history and cultural impact are largely unknown. When breakdancing first gained popularity, the tradition of dance battles had already been established; it was strong among street gangs in N...

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Sheila Subramanian, Staff Writer

December 2, 2013


Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Standing at just 5’10” and 161 pounds, Palo Alto High School’s Andrew Lau (‘14) is able to bench a whopping 220 pounds, squat almost twice his bodyweight at 315 pounds, and deadlift 365 pounds. Lau excels in a sport that remains unfamiliar to many people, powerlifting. Powerlifting is a strength...

A turning pointe

A turning pointe

Anna Dukovic and Megan Valencia

December 2, 2013


Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

Watching a ballet performance, one may notice the fluid movements, the graceful leaps and the beauty. Through the intricate costumes and seemingly effortless movements of the dancers, the pressure upon the dedicated dancers who create the art before them is not apparent. Difficulties arise from the mental...

The Viking tries competitive eating: “The King of Palo Alto”

The Viking tries competitive eating: “The King of Palo Alto”

Rowan McEvoy, Staff Writer

December 2, 2013


Filed under Columns, Features, Top Stories, Viking Tries

Cramming 30 inches of cheesesteak and a few sides into your stomach probably isn’t the best idea. But Viking Tries is not necessarily about the everyday activities of the average Paly student. Armed with the moral support of staff members and a stomach that had only ingested half a bagel in the last...

Standing stable

Standing stable

Hayley Poore, Staff Writer

December 2, 2013


Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Profiles, Top Stories

When most people think of horseback riding, they think of sitting on a saddle. For Irene Ezran (‘14), however, riding a horse consists of standing and doing tricks to the beat of music on a horse’s back while it moves in a circle. Equestrian vaulting, or simply vaulting, is a combination of dance and...

The 85th Season

The 85th Season

Katie Foug and Zoe Bhargava

December 2, 2013


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Standing in the middle of the big gym, one is surrounded by banners, plaques and awards that date back to the nineteenth century. The numerous green and white wooden plaques may seem irrelevant to the current Paly student, but these numbers and letters represent the thousands of memories that have be...

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