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The Vikings fall 20-19 in a nail-biter against the Wilcox Chargers

The Vikings fall 20-19 in a nail-biter against the Wilcox Chargers

Daniel Douty, Staff Writer

October 4, 2014

The Palo Alto Vikings lost 20-19 to the Wilcox Chargers at Paly on Friday night after mounting a fourth quarter comeback, only to fall short on a potential game winning two-point conversion. Paly was led by very strong performances from star players such as running back Jayshawn Puckett (‘15) and...

The changing game

The changing game

Garrett Reynolds, Columnist

October 3, 2014

Over the past 40 years, we have seen drastic changes in the style of play in the National Football League (NFL). For decades, hard nose football dominated the NFL. If a player went over the middle to catch a pass, he would pay the price. Teams didn’t use to throw the football 50 times a game, instead...

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Meredith Kinnaman and Alys Olmstead

October 3, 2014

November 23, 2013; the Vikings are minutes away from half time against the Leland Chargers in its first game of the Central Coast Sections (CCS) playoffs and are winning 35-17. Keller Chryst (‘14) runs to the sideline to get the play call from head coach Earl Hansen. Before jogging back out onto the ...

Excessive… Penalization?

Excessive… Penalization?

Isaac Kasevich, Staff Writer

October 3, 2014

National Football League (NFL) players better watch what they do and say on the field this year, with the NFL enforcing much stricter penalties for excessive celebration and foul language. Starting this year, in addition to the already existing 15-yard penalties for taunting and unnecessary roughness,...

Think Pink?

Think Pink?

Maddy Atwater, Staff Writer

October 3, 2014

You take a deep breath to calm your nerves, block out the rally screams and take in the Friday night lights. You’re nervous. It’s the home opener and you can’t quite seem to get those butterflies out of your stomach. You look left and right at your teammates and see a field of green, white and...

Column: Why the Gunn-Paly Twitter War Was Actually Good for Our Schools

Column: Why the Gunn-Paly Twitter War Was Actually Good for Our Schools

Alex Murray, Editor-in-chief

September 24, 2014

Well, well, well, what do we have here? If you are not aware, the Palo Alto High School volleyball team lost to the Gunn High School volleyball team in 3 sets during last night’s game at Gunn. By all accounts, it was a hard fought game that ended in an amicable way between both teams and it was a deserved...

Vikings overpowered by Monarchs 55-14 in home opener

Vikings overpowered by Monarchs 55-14 in home opener

Rowan McEvoy, Editor-In-Chief

September 19, 2014

Despite a strong effort, the Palo Alto High School Vikings were soundly defeated by the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs to the tune of 55-14 Friday night under the lights at Paly. Paly's two scores came on touchdown runs of 11 and 22 yards by Jayshawn Puckett ('15), one of the team's few starting seniors....

2014 Football Preview: New coach confident in young team’s talent

2014 Football Preview: New coach confident in young team’s talent

Maddy Atwater, Staff Writer

September 1, 2014

After a rough loss to the Saint Francis Lancers in the second round of the Central Coast Section (CCS) playoffs last year, the Palo Alto High School football team remains confident as it looks to win a league title despite the team’s youth and lack of depth. “We are excited, I’m excited. I’m...

Brief: Coach Earl Hansen to retire at the end of the school year

Brief: Coach Earl Hansen to retire at the end of the school year

December 2, 2013

Coach Earl Hansen, Palo Alto High School's Athletic Director and varsity head football coach for the past 26 years, has announced his intentions to retire after the current school year. Hansen told the varsity football team after the season ended in a 45-21 loss against the Saint Francis Lancers in the C...

Vikings fall to Lancers 45-21 in season ending loss

Vikings fall to Lancers 45-21 in season ending loss

Rowan McEvoy, Staff Writer

November 30, 2013

Despite a strong effort, the Vikings lost 45-21 to the Saint Francis Lancers Friday night. In a true tale of two halves, the Vikings kept the game close in the first and second quarters, but could not hold on for the rest of the ride. A few bright spots included Keller Chryst (’14) and Eli Givens...

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