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Unconventional Sports: Archery

November 9, 2017

Written By Ryan Manesh Archery is a sport that requires dedication, skill, patience and consistent effort. Sophomore Thomas Rowe has been shooting for seven years and loves everything about the sport. Rowe has spent a lot of time on archery fields mastering his technique. Rowe started archery in elementary school. “I have done archery for about [...]

Are the advantages of super teams fair game in the NBA? – NO

November 9, 2017

Written By Ryan Manesh The NBA has had super teams in the league for decades. A few of the strongest examples have been the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors, 2007-08 Celtics and 2011-12 Miami Heat. According to basketball-reference.com, the Warriors had 73 wins and nine regular season losses in the 2015-16 season. Out of 30 teams, only nine teams [...]

Are the advantages of super teams fair game in the NBA?-Yes

November 9, 2017

Written by Eric Epstein For the 2017-18 NBA season, many superstar basketball players joined forces to create team rosters chock-full of ridiculous talent and stardom, dubbed “super teams.” This phenomenon has likely sprouted in response to the Golden State Warriors assembling a squadron of superstars who are closer to an all-star team than an [...]

Students Participate in Unconventional Sports: Fencing

November 9, 2017

Written by Jennifer Gao Freshman Joshua Yang grips a purple-and-green hued, metallic saber blade in his hand, his knees bent and his back completely vertical. As soon as the referee puts his hands together, he lunges, grazing his opponent’s mask and scoring a touch. Yang has been fencing since the age of 12, training in the Cardinal Fencing Club [...]

Unconventional Sports: Spikeball

November 9, 2017

written by Emma Chiao Junior Jake Humble passes the ball to his teammate, who hits it down onto the net and scores the eleventh and winning point for the team. This is spikeball: a sport composed of four players, two teams and one net. Spikeball was first introduced in the 1900s and has gained popularity in the past few years. Similar to [...]

Unconventional Sports: Crew

November 9, 2017

By Julia Cheunkarndee Pushing through the pain, junior Alvin Li and his team maneuver their oars to propel the boat swiftly through the water. They competing in crew, a rowing sport that has risen in popularity over the years. For Li, the teamwork aspect is the best part of the sport and is what drove him to further pursue crew.   Li began the [...]

Athlete of the Month Q&A: Senior Joyce Shea, runner

October 13, 2017

Compiled by Chelsie Park The Oracle: What inspired you to start running? Joyce Shea: I started in sixth grade because I had bad allergies and my dad made me go running. But I grew to eventually like it, and I began running with him in the mornings before school. In seventh and eighth grade, I attended the cross country and track teams, and [...]

Fall season welcomes new coaches to sports: Boys’ water polo

September 15, 2017

Written by Chelsie Park Previously junior varsity water polo coach and assistant varsity coach, Peter Olsen is starting his first year as the head coach for boys’ varsity water polo. Swimming has been an important aspect of Olsen’s life since his childhood, and water polo added a more interesting and strategic element to just swimming laps. [...]

Should athletes be exempt from physical education? (Pro)

September 15, 2017

Written by Grace Tramack Exercising over six hours per day sounds insane, and it is even more ridiculous that this is a reality for some students. Currently, to meet the requirements of an Independent Study (a self directed class in which a student creates a project), a student must play a sport outside of school to get out of Physical Education [...]

Fall season welcomes new volleyball coach

September 15, 2017

Written by Kaya van der Horst       Nicole Christie’s youthful age has led to awkward situations in which referees mistook her for a player rather than a coach. Such humorous encounters will continue as Christie joins the Gunn volleyball team this fall from Palo Alto Volleyball Club      Volleyball has always been an integral element of [...]