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Boys Swimming Dives Without Gwo

Boys Swimming Dives Without Gwo

Emma van Geuns, Staff Writer
March 28, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, Showcase, Sports

The atmosphere for the boys swim team has dramatically changed this season, with many new players and strategies for the year. The loss of past key teammates have been replaced by an influx of underclassmen to fill in the spots of their predecessors. For the four years swimmer Albert Gwo ‘16 attended Los Altos, ...

Triple Threats on the Field, Court and Track

Triple Threats on the Field, Court and Track

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
March 25, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, Showcase, Sports

Junior Jamie Kesten’s year is a triathlon in itself; she spikes the volleyball to her opponents in the fall, dribbles across the basketball court in winter and ends the year throwing in track and field. While Jamie has been a three-sport athlete since freshman year, her passion for sports stems fr...

What Makes a Good Coach

What Makes a Good Coach

Jessica King, Print Manager
March 25, 2017
Filed under Issue-5, Sports

In my experience, there are two types of coaches: manipulative and straightforward. Of course, they come with varying intensities of aggressiveness — but I’ve experienced what I believe to be the polar opposites. I’ve been rowing for three years now, and I’ve trained with six different coaches. The...

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
March 25, 2017
Filed under Issue-5, Showcase, Sports

On and off the pool deck, Katie Buzzetta and Seth Tasman have created a close-knit family with boys and girls of all grade levels at Los Altos. Their upcoming marriage this May serves not only as a celebration of their commitment to each other but also to the family they have built as the head coaches ...

Eagles Rout Evergreen Valley in First Round of CCS

Eagles Rout Evergreen Valley in First Round of CCS

Akhil Jakatdar, Opinions Editor
February 25, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

The storyline of the varsity boys basketball CCS first round matchup between Los Altos and Evergreen Valley was simple: total domination on the part of the Eagles. Coming off of an average season finishing 12-12, the eleventh seed Eagles came away with a decisive victory against the unseeded Cougars 61...

Eagles Soar High Over Gunn

Eagles Soar High Over Gunn

Akhil Jakatdar and Kunal Pandit
February 17, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

Yesterday, Tuesday, February 14, the varsity boys basketball team won on senior night, beating the Gunn Titans by a score of 54-43. After the seniors were honored, the game began with Los Altos jumping out to a quick 9-4 lead. Coming out of a timeout, the Titans were able to string together a few...

Girls Soccer Scores Dramatic Victory over Gunn

Girls Soccer Scores Dramatic Victory over Gunn

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
February 16, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

On Tuesday, February 14, the girls varsity soccer team celebrated Valentine’s Day and their senior night with a 3-0 win over El Camino league rival Gunn High School. With their only loss in league play this season coming from their first matchup with Gunn, this win placed the Eagles in first place for t...

Girls Basketball Overcomes Late-game Collapse to beat Monta Vista

Girls Basketball Overcomes Late-game Collapse to beat Monta Vista

Michael Sieffert and Yalda Khodadad
January 11, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

After a rough preseason losing many games by single digits, the varsity girls basketball team surged back with a victory against Monta Vista High School on Friday, January 6. “Getting the first win in league was huge,” head coach Jaclyn Brode said. “Our preseason was a tough preseason, and I...

Now in the De Anza Division, Boys Soccer Beats Palo Alto

Now in the De Anza Division, Boys Soccer Beats Palo Alto

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer
January 6, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

After being promoted to the higher level De Anza division for the first time since 2014, the varsity boys soccer team is 2-0 in league play and making their way to the top of the leaderboard. On Thursday, January 5, the Eagles secured a 4-2 win over Palo Alto High School. “We were expecting a good game,” senior ...

Julia Santos: the real (SCVAL All-League) MVP

Julia Santos: the real (SCVAL All-League) MVP

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
December 29, 2016
Filed under Issue-4, Sports

Junior Julia Santos is passionate about water polo. From an early age, she has built her life around it. She was recently awarded the All-League Most Valuable Player for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL). The journey toward recognition was not an easy one. Julia has worked hard since fi...

The Woes of Winter Polo

The Woes of Winter Polo

Julia Santos, Staff Writer
December 29, 2016
Filed under Columns, Issue-4, Sports

Imagine this: underneath your warm, zipped-up parka, you’re wearing one of your 20 water polo related sweatshirts along with your fuzzy Gryffindor pajama pants. There are socks on your feet, your hood is sufficiently covering your ears and your hands are in the pockets of your parka — one gripping ...

Learning to Stay Afloat with Hana Brett

Learning to Stay Afloat with Hana Brett

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer
December 29, 2016
Filed under Issue-4, Sports

Hana Brett’s greatest accomplishment this year would likely be either being recruited by Cornell for Division 1 swimming or being able to sleep at 9 p.m. on a regular basis. For most high schoolers, much less a student athlete, finding a way to get enough sleep and balance everyday life can be a tough ve...

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