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Diving deep

Diving deep

Jordan Gans and Hilda Huang
April 26
Filed under Features, Profiles, Swimming - Boys, Top Stories

Few sports have a lower performance to training time ratio than does diving - an Olympic repertoire typically lasts no more than a minute or two, a high school six-dive lasts no more than 30 seconds. That hasn’t deterred freshmen divers Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin from training 14 hours a week, hur...

The Sonny side

The Sonny side

Audrey DeBruine
April 26
Filed under Features, Golf – Boys, Profiles, Top Stories

Over 200. That is how many golf balls Paly golf captain Grant Raffel (‘13) estimates that he has in his bedroom at home. One-hundred six of them are displayed on the walls, one from every course he has ever played including favorites California Golf Club and Eagle Bend. Fifteen are labeled with...

Cut short

Cut short

Audrey DeBruine and Nora Rosati
March 21
Filed under Basketball - Boys, Features, Lacrosse - Girls, Soccer - Girls

“Helpless” and “frustrated.” That is how varsity soccer and lacrosse player Nina Kelty (‘13) was left feeling after her two most recent high school sports seasons. Both were lost to violations of California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules when Paly fielded ineligible players. Last ...

Pinning at all costs

Pinning at all costs

Pippa Raffel, Staff Writer
February 22
Filed under Features, Top Stories, Wrestling

The sculpture of The Two Wrestlers standing in the Uffizi Collection in Florence, Italy depicts just one moment in the timeless sport of wrestling. The two muscular men have remained forever frozen amidst their battle to top one another for over five thousand years. During the winter months, this scene o...

Paly on primetime

James Harrison, Staff Writer
February 22
Filed under Features

None of the six award-winning Paly journalism programs provides the opportunities given by the Midpeninsula Media Center (MC) Sports Program: to allow students to experience professional broadcasting. MC Sports, one of the many programs offered by the Media Center in Palo Alto, was created last May ...

E.J. who?

E.J. who?

Audrey DeBruine and Julia Saul
February 11
Filed under Basketball - Boys, Features

On Feb. 25, 2012, almost exactly one year ago, the Paly boys’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the St. Francis High School Lancers in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section (CCS) Division II championship tournament. This was the last game Israel Hakim (‘12), the team’s seco...

Diggin’ the sand

Diggin’ the sand

Julia Saul, Staff Writer
December 15
Filed under Features

The beach volleyball courts on Stanford University’s campus give way to a whole different culture of Paly sports. There are crowds of people wearing bro tanks and hats, songs pumping in the background and on occasion burgers sizzling on a grill off to the side. Who are these people covered in sweat...

A walk through time

A walk through time

Colin Patterson and James Harrison
December 15
Filed under Features, Top Stories

In recent years, Palo Alto High School has had a great deal of success, bringing home four State Championships since the turn of the century. State titles in 2006 for basketball, 2010 for football and 2010 and 2011 for volleyball illustrate Paly’s status as a current sports powerhouse. Paly spor...

Hansen: the man behind the mustache

Hansen: the man behind the mustache

Pippa Raffel, Staff Writer
December 15
Filed under Features, Profiles, Top Stories

He is pretty hard to miss. Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, with dark sunglasses, a puffy mustache and a booming chuckle, Paly head football coach Earl Hansen has led the Vikings to 195 wins, four Central Coast Section titles and two California State Bowl Game appearances in 27 seasons. He was also name...

Ripped and legal

Ripped and legal

Paul Bienaimé and Rohit Ramkumar
October 10
Filed under Features, Top Stories

Last month, the sports world watched in awe as cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong discontinued his fight against steroid allegations made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). After an almost year-long struggle, Armstrong quit, effectively admitting his guilt in...

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