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Female Upperclassman Athlete of the Year: Megan Tall

Female Upperclassman Athlete of the Year: Megan Tall

Tara Lawrence, Business Manager

May 22, 2013


Filed under Featured Sports Scrollbox, Features, Spring Sports, Top Stories

"I was that kid that played every sport," Megan Tall (‘14)  said, speaking of her childhood, “I played softball and basketball but... I’m more talented with my feet.” “Talented with her feet” is one way to put it. Tall has played varsity soccer and run track since sophomore year– two...

Female Underclassman of the Year: Jacey Pederson

Female Underclassman of the Year: Jacey Pederson

Michael Strong, Business Manager

May 22, 2013


Filed under Featured Athlete, Featured Sports Scrollbox, Features, Profiles, Soccer - Girls, Top Stories

Jacey Pederson (’16) walked onto the Palo Alto High School campus less than one year ago. However, if you are a soccer fan, or are simply a person who appreciates talent, then you most likely already know of her. With the school year coming to a close, the Viking Magazine has awarded Underclassmen Fe...

Coach of the Year 2013: Jamie Nesbitt

Coach of the Year 2013: Jamie Nesbitt

Sammy Solomon, News Editor

May 22, 2013


Filed under Featured Sports Scrollbox, Features, Lacrosse - Girls, Spring Sports, Top Stories

Just two years after the first varsity girls’ lacrosse team was fielded at Paly, the Lady Vikes triumphed over St. Francis to win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) Championship, under the guidance of Jamie Nesbitt. Following that impressive season, Nesbitt was promoted from assistant...

What if?

What if?

Josh Stern, Staff Writer

April 26, 2013


Filed under Features, Top Stories

If you ask basketball phenom E.J. Floreal (Laurence Dunbar ‘13) what he misses about Palo Alto, he’ll tell you about the Paly-Gunn crosstown rivalry: green and white versus red and black. The two schools exist in close proximity and relish clashing in a competitive environment. This kind of high-intensity...

East vs. West

East vs. West

James Harrison

April 26, 2013


Filed under Features, Lacrosse - Boys, Top Stories

Winning three consecutive playoff games by one goal and going on to win the championship in any sport is a tough feat, regardless of level. Doing so in the first season of a team’s existence is even harder. Nevertheless, the Palo Alto boy’s lacrosse team did this just four years ago as Paly’s newest...

Life under the sand

Life under the sand

Paul Bienaimé

April 26, 2013


Filed under Features, Top Stories, Track & Field

Imagine playing baseball with no field or water polo with no pool. For the Paly track and field team’s jumpers, this inconvenience became a reality this year. When construction on the new bleachers around the football field hit a snag, Paly’s new jumping pits were not completed in time for the spring...

Hops on hops on hops

Hops on hops on hops

Charlotte Biffar and Sammy Solomon

April 26, 2013


Filed under Features, Profiles, Top Stories, Track & Field

At the start of the spring sports season, most members of the Palo Alto High School track team hit the ground running. However, the Paly jumpers, those track members who participate in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump, could be seen just walking. “So far we’ve barely started jumping thi...

Diving deep

Diving deep

Jordan Gans and Hilda Huang

April 26, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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 ...

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