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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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Pleasant Valley students publicly declare their collegiate athletic commitment through social media.

The race to commit: Athletic recruiting gets younger every year

Lauren Puthoff, Opinion Editor May 25, 2022

When people think of their junior year in high school, they tend to think about the stress of AP courses, ACT tests and extracurricular activities, all with the hope of getting into their dream college....

The Miami Hurricanes prepare for a game.

A letter to student athletes

Carson Knebel, Student Life Editor May 24, 2022

Dear student athletes, In a world where you’re expected to perform in sports and get good grades in the classroom all while maintaining a healthy social life, it is easy to become overwhelmed. When...

Many athletes have to deal with the pressures of returning from injury quickly.

The Quick Return: How Athletes Face Pressure Returning From Injury

Bryce Rubel, Multimedia Manager May 24, 2022

The constant work and strain put on an athlete’s body leaves them extremely vulnerable to injuries. The injuries range from simple ankle tweaks to some being career ending.  About 90% of athletes...

The Spartans senior-lead womens soccer team looks to make a run into the post season.

Girls soccer looks to continue success into the post season.

Owen Gannaway, Sports Editor May 24, 2022

After going a respectable 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the conference, the Pleasant Valley Spartans women;s soccer team has once again won the Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC). Now, the team is looking...

Nike release Kobe Mambacita Sweet 16 in honor of Gianna Bryants would be 16th birthday.

Nike releases first new Kobe shoes since his tragic passing

Owen Gannaway, Sports Editor May 16, 2022

Since the tragic passing of Kobe and Gianna (Gigi) Bryant, Nike has not released a single pair of the famous Kobe basketball shoes. To much surprise, on May 1, 2022, Nike released the Kobe “Mambacita...

Pleasant Valley baseball team celebrates their state championship win over Johnston last year.

Target on their back: Pleasant Valley baseball team looks to repeat success

Bryce Rubel, Multimedia Manager May 16, 2022

The Pleasant Valley baseball team finished on a high after winning the state championship last year and hope to repeat the same success this season.  After defeating the Johnston Dragons last year...

Varsity tennis team poses for the camera after becoming MAC champions.

Boys’ tennis sweeps MAC as their success continues

Owen Gannaway, Sports Editor May 15, 2022

On May 2 at Bettendorf High School, the boys’ tennis team won the MAC championship for another year in a row. They crushed the competition going a perfect 6-0 in singles and 3-0 in  doubles.  The...

PV track stars win big at the Drake Relays.

Pleasant Valley boys shuttle hurdle team takes home gold at Drake Relays

Parker Paulson, News Editor May 12, 2022

Last week, Pleasant Valley's track team made a strong appearance at the annual Drake Relays. Runners from all over the state came to the meet to take their mark, but Pleasant Valley's boys shuttle hurdle...

Better competition and recruitment opportunities attract top Quad Cities athletes to bigger cities.

Athletes travel beyond Quad Cities for better competition and exposure

Owen Gannaway, Sports Editor May 5, 2022

There is no doubt that the development of the TBK sports complex in addition to other athletic complexes around the Quad Cities, has brought better organizations and teams for athletes to play for. However,...

Sophomore Lauren Masengarb prepares to return the ball in her  recent meet.

A Star From The Beginning: A look Into The Rise Of Tennis Player Lauren Masengarb

Bryce Rubel, Multimedia Manager May 4, 2022

The top spot on the girls tennis team has been dominated by a young star despite her lack of varsity experience. Lauren Masengarb came into the girls tennis program last year as a freshman. Upon arrival,...

Kaepernick playing in a game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012

Colin Kaepernick attempts to revive his NFL career

Carson Knebel, Student Life Editor May 4, 2022

Five years ago, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick stood up to social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem before games. This later led to rumors of his release from the San Francisco 49ers due...

The PV varsity girls golf team posed with their individual and team awards at the Falcon Invitational.

Equal work for unequal recognition: the disparity between high school sports fan bases

Sidney Brockmann, Social Media Manager May 1, 2022

High school athletic events have the potential to bring entire towns together. In Iowa especially, crowds for certain athletic events are anything but weak. Although crowds for high school football...

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