True passion

Kylie Callan and Reuben Kramer
December 12, 2014
Filed under Baseball, Basketball - Girls, Features, Lacrosse - Girls, Soccer - Boys, Soccer - Girls, Softball, Swimming - Boys, Tennis - Girls, Top Stories, Volleyball

Shawn Johnson began gymnastics at the age of three. Ryan Lochte first learned to swim at age five. Abby Wambach dribbled her first soccer ball at the age of four. Since then, they have spent innumerable hours working towards greatness. Their efforts have earned them a place in history. Their names have... Read more »

Where He Is Now

Where He Is Now

Maddy Atwater and Isaac Kasevich
November 12, 2014
Filed under Featured Athlete, Features, Football, Profiles, Top Stories

For top-flight athletes, one false step can bring injury. Some athletes are sidelined for minutes, some for games and some even miss whole seasons. But, there are a few cases through all levels of sport where an injury or health issue can end a promising career prematurely.  In just a few brief but... Read more »

No exclusions

No exclusions

Hayley Poore and Reuben Kramer
November 12, 2014
Filed under Cross-Country - Boys, Cross-Country - Girls, Features, Top Stories

Many people play a sport for one reason: they fall in love with the game.  Cross country, however, attracts runners for a variety of reasons.  While some do it because they enjoy running and want to stay in shape, others do it for the sole purpose of getting a prep. Cross country does not require... Read more »

Digging it

Digging it

Megan Valencia, Business Manager
November 12, 2014
Filed under Features, Top Stories, Volleyball

This year, there are many new faces in the Palo Alto High School athletic department. One of those new faces is head volleyball coach Daniele Desiderio. Desiderio took over after former head coach Dave Winn stepped in favor of the head coach position at Mountain View High School. Unlike Winn, Desiderio... Read more »

Minor struggle, major payoff

Minor struggle, major payoff

Zoe Bhargava and Bryn Carlson
October 3, 2014
Filed under Features, Top Stories

With a tradition of athletic excellence and success, it is not a surprise that dozens of Paly graduates continue with their sport at the collegiate level every year. However, few athletes manage to surpass the collegiate level and continue to the professional level. Joc Pederson (‘10) is one of the... Read more »

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Meredith Kinnaman and Alys Olmstead
October 3, 2014
Filed under Features, Top Stories

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... Read more »

No such thing as a free ticket

Megan Valencia and Kylie Callan
October 3, 2014
Filed under Basketball - Boys, Basketball - Girls, Features, Football, Volleyball, Wrestling

After parking their cars in the packed Churchill parking lot, Palo Alto parents, students and community members walk towards the stadium gates. The lights shine brightly on Hod Ray field as Paly players and fans anticipate the start of the Friday night football game. Some Paly spectators can simply show... Read more »

Team of the Year: Girls’ golf

Team of the Year: Girls’ golf

Clara Harrington, Copy Editor
May 28, 2014
Filed under Fall Sports, Features, Paly Athletic Awards

Rarely does a team see great success in its year of creation. Triumphant wins usually come after building a foundation over time, allowing the athletes to hone their abilities. However, in rare instances, a team may immediately have high achievements. This year at Paly, girls’ golf was that team. Winning... Read more »

Coach of the Year: Bill Laskey

Coach of the Year: Bill Laskey

Paul Bienaimé, Multimedia Editor
May 28, 2014
Filed under Features, Paly Athletic Awards, Softball, Spring Sports, Top Stories

After ending the 2013 season with a league record of 0-12 and an overall record of 3-22, Paly softball welcomed a new coach to kick off Paly’s 2014 season. Coach Bill Laskey took over George Marshall’s position. Major League Baseball veteran Bill Laskey pitched professionally in the 1980’s after... Read more »

Athlete of the Year: Michelle Xie

Athlete of the Year: Michelle Xie

Anna Dukovic, Features Editor
May 28, 2014
Filed under Fall Sports, Featured Athlete, Features, Paly Athletic Awards, Top Stories

Unlike professionals in many sports, such as gymnastics, athletes usually peak in their twenties; however, the average age of professional golfers is early to mid-thirties and these athletes can continue to play the sport into their retirement. ... Read more »