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Dye Hard

Dye Hard

Tyler Stoen, Ella Jones, Liam Nagesh, Annika Shah, and Sophie Kadifa

November 14, 2019

Great spikes of pool water rise into the air as the energetic hands of the Palo Alto High School Swim team catapult their beloved coach, Danny Dye, into the home waters of their pool. The buzz of celebration is not without cause- it’s Dye’s 200th win at Paly. But the exuberant support of his swimm...

Transfixed by Politics

Transfixed by Politics

Sam Cleasby and Kevin Cullen

November 14, 2019

The year is 1936. The world is in political turmoil and the Summer Olympics are being held in Nazi Germany. Jesse Owens stands poised on the highest pedestal, four medals around his neck, accompanying the national anthem with a solute. His performance was a direct affront to Hitler’s attempt to have a...

Pac-12 Mascot Fight Bracket

Pac-12 Mascot Fight Bracket

Jack Elarde, Griffin Kemp, and Josh Lai

November 12, 2019

After Washington State football coach Mike Leach gave his iconic answer to which Pac-12 mascot would win in a theoretical fight to the death, we decided to simulate it for him in a tournament-style bracket, including several upsets and a surprise winner. Pac-12 Mascot Fight Bracket...

Film Favorites

Film Favorites

Kevin Cullen, Elif Turgut, and Sofie Vogel

November 12, 2019

Remember the Titans (2000) This movie is based on a true story of how Coach Herman Boone, the football coach of Williams High School in Virginia, tries to integrate a racially divided team. In Virginia, high school football is a way of life. The closer the team gets toward playoffs, the more int...

High School Powerhouses

High School Powerhouses

Sofia Bliss-Carrascosa, James Fetter, Vijay Homan, and Tina Lagerblad

November 12, 2019

On a September night in 2004 before the watchful eyes of 25,000 fans, a football game was underway between elite high schools De La Salle and Bellevue High. For the fair-weather fan, this game was like any other matchup. But for the hard-core fan, the game had the potential to rewrite history. The...

Psyched for Spike

Psyched for Spike

Ryan Bara, Hana Erickson, and Victoria Soulodre

November 12, 2019

What started as an eclectic, off-brand version of backyard volleyball — abandoned so quickly that its creator didn’t even bother to patent it — has now become not only a wildly popular name-brand game, but also a staple everywhere from ESPN’s homepage to NFL practices. The neon yellow net and ball duo that’s in...

Students of The Game

Students of The Game

Jenna Hickey, Adar Schwarzbach, and Luke Thieman

November 12, 2019

On Tuesday afternoons during the fall sports season, the Paly football field, normally the site of an intense football practice with focused coaches, sweating players, high-level competition, and hard work, is empty. No footballs fly through the air to streaking receivers. No lineman practice blocking fo...

Vikings make 36-7 win look easy on Homecoming night

Vikings make 36-7 win look easy on Homecoming night

Ya'el Sarig, Editor in Chief

November 2, 2019

With around nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, Junacio Henley (‘20) scored a 62 yard touchdown off a punt return. The game didn’t get much closer than that for the remaining 39 minutes, as the Vikings routed Mountain View 36-7 on Homecoming night. The touchdown, which was quickly followed by...

Paly Boys Water Polo beats Los Gatos in SCVAL Playoffs

Paly Boys Water Polo beats Los Gatos in SCVAL Playoffs

James Fetter and Sophie Kadifa

October 30, 2019

The Paly boys water polo team beat league rival Los Gatos with a score of 10-8 in the first game of the 2019 SCVAL playoffs thanks to a strong defensive performance. The game was close throughout, with the score differential being never more than 2 goals at the end of each quarter. The key for Paly w...

Girls volleyball dominates Gunn on senior night

Girls volleyball dominates Gunn on senior night

Summer Daniel and Tina Lagerblad

October 26, 2019

Girls volleyball defeated cross-town rival Gunn High School in an emotional 3-0 win on the Viking’s senior night. Friends and families of seniors Amelia Gibbs, Rebekah Limb, Grace Thayer, and Ashley Xu filled the gym in anticipation for the girls’ last home game of the season, and the Vikings d...

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