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Spartan Athletes Not Receiving A Taste Of Senior Leadership This Year

Senior Ellie Scranton and Junior Isabel Russmann pose for a picture after winning their soccer regional final game in 2019.

Ilah Perez-Johnson, Sports Editor

May 27, 2020

Seniors leading their teams on the court, field or track is a big deal for Pleasant Valley High School students. Having senior leadership makes it easier for underclassmen, especially juniors, to really understand what leadership looks like. However this year is a little different for spring sports.  ...

The World Watches As Sports Begin To Resume

The Signal Iduna Park, home of German soccer team Borussia Dortmund. The stadium was empty as it played host for the club in the first week back from the season's suspension

Jimmy Feeney, Multimedia Manager

May 21, 2020

One of the first immediate social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was the cancellation of large social gatherings, especially sporting events. One day after NBA All-Star Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19, nearly every sporting event in the United States screeched to a halt. Now, those sports are close to returning. Some ...

Junior Seth Clausen commits to Minnesota for baseball

Junior Seth Clausen throwing a pitch against Iowa City High during the 2019 Season

Jack Young, Photo Manager

May 12, 2020

Two years ago, Junior Seth Clausen only clocked in at only five foot four and 115 pounds.  After growing six inches and gaining 75 pounds, Clausen recently committed to play baseball at University of Minnesota.  Along with the size and strength, Clausen gained also came signifiant speed added to ...

Professional athletes take over social media to support the real heros

Professional soccer player, Alex Morgan, holds up one of her jerseys with Dr. Cheung’s name taped over hers.

Ellie Scranton, Student Life Editor

May 12, 2020

For the first time ever, sports across the world are at a halt. Professional athletes have no games, no tournaments and no matches. All they have is training at home without their team.  However during this time when sports are at a halt, healthcare workers are at their busiest. Many athletes reco...

A new era of Spartan Softball: Iowa Athletic Union approves online practices

Senior Peggy Klingler swings the bat a tournament during the 2019 season.

Morgan Ramirez, Photo Manager

May 12, 2020

Home runs and strike outs are two of a softball girl’s favorite things. But this year softball has gotten off to a different start than usual.  On April 24, a memo was sent out from Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union regarding the 2020 season. This was the second memo they had put out and it was ...

NFL Draft shakes up midwestern teams

The NFL holds the 2020 draft

TJ Brown, Copy Editor

May 6, 2020

With a new draft, comes new possibilities — but also some disappointments. Many local teams faced highs and lows alike at the end of April with the 2020 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio were one of the clear winners; with the first pick of the draft, they selected quarterback Joe Burrow...

Student athletes continue to connect from afar

Many student athletes communicate virtually through the app zoom weekly.

Blake Sherman, Photo Manager

April 30, 2020

Many athletes’ spring sport has been cancelled for the rest of the year following the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. Many students and coaches were puzzled and upset after learning all spring sports seasons (track, tennis and soccer) — and potentially summer sports (baseball and sof...

Athletes seasons are cut short: Almost too short.

Claire Fields goes for a run during quarantine.

Ilah Perez-Johnson, Sports Editor

April 22, 2020

The Coronavirus is making spring athletes realize how much they miss participating in athletics.  Many athletes all over the country are experiencing the effects of the Coronavirus. Iowa was one state that made an announcement allowing spring athletes to compete. However, the normal three month s...

Covid-19’s effect on recruitment and scholarships for student athletes.

Covid-19’s effect on recruitment and scholarships for student athletes.

Jack Young, Photo Manager

April 21, 2020

With new rules being released regarding recruiting at the collegiate level, Covid-19 makes getting recruited even harder for athletes looking to play at the next level. The NCAA released multiple new rules in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. First, they created an in-person recruitment b...

Coronavirus: Spring sports face the effects of the outbreak

NCAA announcces cancellation of spring sports for the rest of the semester.

Ilah Perez-Johnson, Sports Editor

March 15, 2020

The sudden outbreak of the coronavirus has caused adverse effects on all aspects of students' lives, including athletics. Many spring sports are being affected by the coronavirus.  Recently, high school athletes are beginning to see the virus negatively affect their sport. The Pleasant Valley tr...

The impact a coach can have on an athlete

Head Coach Jose Lara and Peggy Klingler pose for a picture after winning the 2018 state softball championship.

Ilah Perez-Johnson, Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

A team’s success is often determined by their overall record. However the amount of wins are only a small part of a team’s success.  The fear of being good is often seen in many athletes today. In an article written by Richard A. Lovett and Holly Hight interviewed a very successful Oregon coach who admitted himself he was afraid to succeed because he didn’t know if he ...

March madness without the madness: Tournaments may be held in empty stadiums

During March Madness, people have the chance to fill out brackets and win money.

Sunny Wolfe, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

March Madness is a time filled with hardcore fans easily picked out by their brightly painted faces and jerseys. That madness could fade away this year if one group succeeds in their goal.  The National College Players Association wants to protect players from the threat of the coronavirus. “In the wake of the emerging coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA and its colleges sh...

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