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Baseball Knocks Out Soledad In First Round Of CCS

Baseball Knocks Out Soledad In First Round Of CCS

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer

May 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

Going into the first round of CCS on Wednesday, May 17, the varsity baseball team faced their toughest competition yet. Soledad High School, just one seed behind the 8th-seeded Los Altos team after the regular season, visited Los Altos in a knockout game that would mean advancing to the next round for...

The Hard-Hitting Truth About Concussions

The Hard-Hitting Truth About Concussions

Alex Luna and Haley Ecker

May 9, 2017


Filed under Issue-7, Sports

How do Los Altos student-athletes feel when they’re concussed? “Groggy,” one said. “Foggy,” said another. “Vegetable-like,” added a third. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that severely affect brain function, causing headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and difficulties conce...

Bus Driver Shortages Impact Athletic Programs

Bus Driver Shortages Impact Athletic Programs

Anisha Desai, Savita Govind, and Cameron Avery

May 9, 2017


Filed under Issue-7, Sports

Due to bus driver shortages this year, sports teams have had to handle multiple last-minute transportation issues, a problem that has yet to be resolved. The problem stems from Los Altos competing with local companies for drivers during after-school hours. Further compounding the situation is Los Altos’ r...

Pitching No-Hitters with Junior Alex Reelfs

Pitching No-Hitters with Junior Alex Reelfs

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer

May 9, 2017


Filed under Issue-7, Sports

Junior Alex Reelfs listens to the same song on repeat before every game. Headphones on and tossing a baseball in his right hand, Alex blasts “The Zephyr Song” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers until it’s stuck in his head. Why? To pitch to the tempo during the game. Alex started this pregame ritual his...

Recap: Dodgeball’s Final Day

Recap: Dodgeball’s Final Day

Akhil Jakatdar, Julia Santos, Nathan Godderis, and Danny Vesurai

April 30, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

Last Friday, the school held the championship round of the dodgeball tournament. Now, all the real fans have to look forward to is the next tournament a year from now — and The Talon’s off-season coverage. Scroll down for game reports, scores and words from the players....

Dodgeball Player of the Day: Jared Shing

Dodgeball Player of the Day: Jared Shing

Madison Woo, Staff Writer

April 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

Alone on the court, junior Jared Shing takes his position against three players. Outnumbered, Jared doesn’t seemed fazed, flicking his eyes from player to player as his teammates watch from the sidelines. In an instant, two balls spiral at him, with a third following closely behind. Jared sidesteps...

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...

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