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Pregame music primes student-athletes for peak performance

Pregame music primes student-athletes for peak performance

Michelle Koo, News Editor, Graphics Artist February 16, 2024

Freshman Kaila Chen: Cheerleading Cheerleading’s complex choreographies can stir worries about stumbles, memory blanks and potential errors. Freshman Kaila Chen calms her pregame nerves by listening...

Fans should holistically evaluate athlete role models

Fans should holistically evaluate athlete role models

Bryan Xiao, Lifestyle Editor, Assistant Business Manager February 13, 2024

“I am not a role model,” NBA Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley deadpanned to the camera. After a rapid-fire montage of Barkley dribbling, grabbing a rebound and dunking, he paused to deliver a line...

Specialized sports technologies improve safety, performance

Specialized sports technologies improve safety, performance

Vivian Studdert, Sports Editor February 13, 2024

Prevent’s head-impact monitoring mouthguard Concussions, ever plaguing athletes in contact sports, are especially dangerous because it is unclear precisely which types of impacts cause them. For professional...

Student-athletes sacrifice time, money to recruitment process

Student-athletes sacrifice time, money to recruitment process

Dan Honigstein, In-Depth Editor February 11, 2024

Most high school students active on social media platforms can recall, at one point, having seen a congratulatory college athletic-recruitment post. Some show athletes dressed in the merchandise of their...

Kelvin Beats the Buzzer in Boys Basketball

Kelvin Beats the Buzzer in Boys Basketball

Kelvin Xu, Sports Editor December 15, 2023

Enthusiastic for a page dedicated to myself and the clever headline “Kelvin takes a shot at basketball,” I was in high spirits... until I found out Social Media Editor senior Ellie Yuan had already...

New wrestling coach Jorge Barajas prepares for 2023-24 season

New wrestling coach Jorge Barajas prepares for 2023-24 season

Becca Wu, In-Depth Editor December 15, 2023

This winter season, the wrestling team will train under a new head coach, Jorge Barajas, after former coach Braumon Creighton’s contract was not renewed for the 2023-24 season. The team will be competing...

Super Fans: Sports supporters showcase team loyalty

Super Fans: Sports supporters showcase team loyalty

Sophia Hwangbo, Online Editor, Photographer December 12, 2023

Is high school football worth the risk of play?

Is high school football worth the risk of play?

Dan Honigstein, In-Depth Editor December 12, 2023

Football is arguably the U.S.’ most beloved sport. Deeply ingrained in the entertainment and sports industries, it has served as a source of identity and history for rural towns and large cities alike....

Pickleball Passion: Students connect with older generation

Pickleball Passion: Students connect with older generation

Vivian Studdert, Sports Editor December 11, 2023

According to NPR, pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., a title it has held for the last five years. Palo Alto’s pickleball community is growing alongside others worldwide, with round-robin...

Athletes of the Month: Seniors Nadav Efrat and Celine Safa

Athletes of the Month: Seniors Nadav Efrat and Celine Safa

Safina Syed, Features Editor November 1, 2023

Athletes of the Month are chosen by Sports Commissioner junior Beverly Lamis, Athletic Director Curt Johansen and Assistant Athletic Director Kevin Johnson based on each athlete’s player statistics....

Football frenzy: NFL fantasy league engages student, teacher fans

Football frenzy: NFL fantasy league engages student, teacher fans

Katie LaWer, Sports Editor October 31, 2023

Eating a Wendy’s four-by-four burger and fries and then running a mile around the track. Getting a dubious haircut. Doing TikTok dances every day for a month. In some fantasy-football leagues, losing...

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