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Unprepared or unbelievable bad luck: The curse of the volleyball state qualifier

Unprepared or unbelievable bad luck: The curse of the volleyball state qualifier

Caitlin Crome, Social Media Manager

September 23, 2019

Pleasant Valley girls volleyball has started off their season strong with their goal in mind: to punch their ticket to the state tournament in November after years of being so close.  The Spartans have claimed dominance yet again this season in the MAC conference with a current undefeated reco...

Increasing intensity as rival schools compete

Increasing intensity as rival schools compete

Carly Lundry, News Editor

September 23, 2019

The Iowa v. Iowa State football game produced an intense rivalry on Saturday’s game in Ames that allowed the athletes to compete at a high level. College GameDay traveled to Ames, Iowa on September 14 for the annual Cy-Hawk Series. The rivalry between Iowa and Iowa State has been prominent since 1894 ...

Pleasant Valley baseball team: a silver lining for the resurgence of America’s pastime

Pleasant Valley baseball team: a silver lining for the resurgence of America’s pastime

Jack Donahue, Opinion Editor

September 23, 2019

Since 1876, the year the Major League Baseball (MLB)  was founded, baseball has been widely considered America’s pastime and greatest sport. However, it is no longer the 1800s and the world of sports is changing: leaving baseball in the dust. Today, the MLB continues to steadily decrease in popularity and ...

Slideshow: PV Spartan Challenge

Slideshow: PV Spartan Challenge

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

September 17, 2019

 

Slideshow: Homecoming Game 2019

Slideshow: Homecoming Game 2019

Alyce Brown, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 17, 2019

Spartans shutout in Eldridge

Spartans shutout in Eldridge

Ian Wilger, Sports editor

September 17, 2019

The Pleasant Valley varsity football team faced off against the North Scott Lancers Friday night in Eldridge, but were shutout in a defensive showdown. Pleasant Valley posted zero points against a top-3 3A North Scott football team. The Spartans defense was perfect in the first half, but the offense ma...

The NFL’s dominance over college football

The NFL’s dominance over college football

Will Sharis, Photo Manager

September 16, 2019

The National Football League (NFL) continues its supremacy over college football as its popularity continues to grow with its superior strategies, fan interactions, and fair play format. In a recent poll of the students that watch football in Pleasant Valley High School, 15 of the 21 students polled ...

Esports’ fast rise to popularity

Esports’ fast rise to popularity

Chris Cumberbatch, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2019

Most people have heard of the Fortnite championship winner who was 13 years old when he won $3 million from the tournament. While this may seem very surprising, it is only a part of the growing wave of the next biggest sport in the world. Projected to dwarf basketball, football, baseball, and even so...

Freshman fire

Freshman fire

Ava Sorgenfrey, Sports Editor

September 16, 2019

Top freshman runner starts her season off strong by placing at her home meet, the Spartan Challenge on Sept 7. Bella D’Antico has taken to high school cross country quite naturally. Coming into high school as a pre-season state ranked runner, one might think there would be a sense of pressure to p...

The journey to the NCAA

The journey to the NCAA

Jack Donahue, Opinion Editor

September 16, 2019

Pleasant Valley High School has produced several prolific athletes over the years, with some continuing their athletic career in college.  According to the US News, under four percent of high school students across the nation go on to play a varsity sport in college. PVHS’s class of 2019 had a...

Long awaited state success

Long awaited state success

Caitlin Crome, Social Media Manager

September 9, 2019

Representing your school at a state athletic event is something every program dreams to do. For some it comes easily, for others it takes years and years of hard work, strong team leadership and rebuilding. This past summer, the boys baseball team had its first state birth since 2003: a remarkable ac...

New leaders at the top

New leaders at the top

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

September 9, 2019

The boys cross country team has a long tradition of winning and positive attitudes, but one new thing they will have to learn is leadership.  Last year, three of the four captains graduated,leaving lots of open spots for leadership roles. One of the people to fill a leadership role is Max Murphy, and ...

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