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When bending leads to breaking: Injuries in gymnastics

When bending leads to breaking: Injuries in gymnastics

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, Sports

Before the 2017 Gymnastics World Championships even began, three gymnasts pulled out of the competition due to injury. USA’s Ragan Smith injured her ankle during warmups. Romania’s Larisa Iordache tore her Achilles tendon while warming up for the women’s qualifications. Japan’s Kohei Uchimura tore a...

Girls Water Polo Defeats Mountain View to Become CCS Champions

Girls Water Polo Defeats Mountain View to Become CCS Champions

Avi Varghese, Web Managing Editor

November 12, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

In Los Altos’ last three meetings with Mountain View’s girls water polo team, the Spartans have consistently dominated Los Altos in the first quarter, finding margins as large as 8-3. In yesterday’s CCS Division I Championship, Los Altos left the first quarter with a 1-0 advantage for the first t...

Reaching CCS Championship, Girls Water Polo Seeks to Topple Mountain View

Reaching CCS Championship, Girls Water Polo Seeks to Topple Mountain View

Kristen Fan

November 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

With over 200 goals and 300 points scored, the varsity girls water polo team has advanced to the Division I CCS Championship. Although they ended the league with a 6-6 record, the girls have advanced up the bracket to reach the finals against cross-town, long-time rival Mountain View High School tomor...

Girls Water Polo Defeats Archbishop Mitty, Advances to CCS Championship

Kristen Fan

November 10, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, Sports

The varsity girls water polo team this Tuesday defeated Archbishop Mitty during the CCS semifinals, earning their spot in the championships with a score of 16-9. With an overall record of 12-10 before Tuesday’s game, the team achieved their hopes of making finals and getting the chance tomorrow ...

Field Hockey Defeats Leigh, Advances To CCS Quarterfinals

Field Hockey Defeats Leigh, Advances To CCS Quarterfinals

Nathan Godderis, Senior Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

After a high-flying 15-3 season, Field Hockey placed 2nd in SCVAL and earned themselves a spot in CCS. Their first game was at home against Leigh High School, a team they lost to earlier this season. The Eagles took every chance, eking out a tight 2-1 victory to advance in CCS. “We played them on...

Matt Eberle Is Taking His Talents To Pomona

Matt Eberle Is Taking His Talents To Pomona

Ian Tseng, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

Number 30 calmly dribbles up the floor. At 6-foot-5, he’s taller than most guards and quicker than most forwards — a nightmare of a matchup. He sizes up his poor defender with a couple of slick dribble moves, as if he is toying with him. Then, without hesitation, he elevates for a three-pointer. ...

Girls Volleyball Hopes To Finish Strong

Girls Volleyball Hopes To Finish Strong

Kristen Fan, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Sports

After a rocky start to the season, the varsity girls volleyball team found a new rhythm, and they’re working to maintain that connection and play with more consistency as they look towards a challenging second act. For many of the Eagles, this is the last year to represent Los Altos. “Personally, I ...

Girls Water Polo continues to strengthen team

Girls Water Polo continues to strengthen team

Cathy Wang, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Sports

Following a successful season, the Eagles have seen a young team come into the fray with half the team being comprised of girls coming up from JV and even some freshmen players. The team is spending this season focusing on strengthening their defense and learning to play well together. “Moving ont...

Field Hockey shooting for CCS

Field Hockey shooting for CCS

Daphne Ih

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Sports

Halfway through the season, the varsity girls field hockey team has a record of 11-2 — the most wins they’ve had in years. The girls have lost only twice, and they attribute their success to this season’s three priorities: communicate, conquer and strategize. Together, the first letters of each word ...

Girls golf: Putting fair in fairway

Girls golf: Putting fair in fairway

Emma Kwan, Senior Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Sports

The girls golf team’s second season has been above par, with a group that is thriving with after moving into the SCVAL El Camino lower division. Despite placing second in their league, the players have a larger battle: performing better to break common golf stereotypes — like the perception that al...

‘Flying through the air’ with Kevin Andrews

‘Flying through the air’ with Kevin Andrews

Tino Tugwete and Zooey Nguyen

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Sports

Though he’s just started high school, freshman Kevin Andrews has already gained a reputation for positivity and impressive race times as the youngest member of Los Altos’ varsity cross country team. “Kevin is full of energy and genuinely enjoys being out there on the trails pushing himself,”...

Baseball in Japan: Respectful yet loud

Baseball in Japan: Respectful yet loud

Madison Woo, Senior Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Sports

If you visit a Japanese ballpark, the first thing you’ll notice is the noise. It comes from the “Oendan” or thousand-member “cheering squads.” They’re like American cheerleaders, but with a much larger focus on creating noise — they yell into microphones, beat on drums and use horns to ...

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