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Bowling: the forgotten sport

Here’s what is necessary to bowl!

Ethan Stigler, PV Only Editor

October 29, 2020

Bowling is a sport everyone can join. The only equipment needed to partake in the sport is a bowling ball and shoes. Bowling is not the headline sport of PV and many forget that it exists. So why do so few  people bowl?  Senior Seth Good, a bowler, granted insight into the matter.“I think people...

Pure domination: how PV cross country team has left their opponents in the dust

Members of the varsity team pose for a picture before their conference championship on October 15. Pictured above from left to right: Tarun Vendula, Kole Sommer, Luke Knepp, Grant Tebbe, Jacob Mumey, and Kalen Bunch.

Nathan VanUtrecht, Copy Editor

October 29, 2020

When it comes to decorated teams,it is undeniable that PV men’s cross country team has accumulated a large number of awards. There are several forces that have kept the team performing at peak ability throughout the last decade. Over the span of the last 10 years, PV Cross Country has stacked up over 20...

Making her mark: Freshman dancer makes unique grand entrance

Maci Quam is proving to be a strong asset to the Pleasant Valley Platinum Dance Team as the only freshman competing a state solo

Elizabeth Pischke, Copy Editor

October 27, 2020

The dance floor is far from uncharted territory for Maci Quam-it has been her home for 11 years. This year, however, the freshman is stepping onto a new type of stage. Since its founding in 2002, the Platinum Dance Team has been a staple in PV’s athletic program. As one of the high school’s mos...

Athlete of the Week: Barrett Lindmark

Lindmark runs the ball on a play against North Scott on Sept. 4.

Addi Steele, Photo Manager

October 22, 2020

Barrett Lindmark’s passion and love for football started at an extremely young age. With his father coaching, he basically grew up next to a field and around other players. Lindmark’s fate to excel with football was almost inevitable. Lindmark started his journey by playing flag football until he w...

Home course advantage: The uneven playing field at the state golf tournament

The PV Golf team accepts their trophy and placing 2nd at the state tournament

Michael VanDerSchaaf, Sports Editor

October 21, 2020

The Pleasant Valley Mens Golf Team participated in the state tournament at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club on Oct. 9 and 10. The team was coming off a spectacular season and was looking to win a state title after coming up short in past years. Senior Jack Roemer had high praise for the host and was grateful...

The variance in viewership: Why football accumulates a larger audience than other sports

Basketball games get less viewers than football games year round.

Akash Pradeep, Feature Editor

October 19, 2020

The sixth game of the NBA Finals, where the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat to win the championship, received 8.29 million viewers. the NFL sunday night football game received 15.08 million viewers. The difference in viewership received heavy criticism, stating that the NBA was losing viewers to othe...

The Spartans go undefeated, entering the playoffs with their best record since 2013

The Pleasant Valley Spartans beat Muscatine 21-7 on Sept. 11. Despite challenges of the pandemic, the Spartans have overcome them to have their best season in seven years.

Ani Pradeep, News Editor

October 13, 2020

After a comprehensive 40-7 steamroll over Davenport North on Oct. 8, Pleasant Valley football remains undefeated and has achieved their best record since 2013.  Despite having two losing records since 2013, the Spartans only won one home game last year and faced defeats in their other games, most b...

This is gonna be B1G: Big Ten conference to resume football

The Big Ten prepares to start football on Oct. 23 this year, after being postponed for almost two months.

Jonathan Sulgrove, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2020

The Big Ten conference announced on Sept. 16 that their teams will play a shortened conference-only schedule this year, reversing a previous statement postponing fall sports for the 2020 season. The announcement came with new requirements for medical protocols, including daily antigen testing and the establishment of a Chief Infection Officer for each of the 14 universities. The role of the new officer is to oversee and coll...

Athlete of the Week: Emily Wood

Emily Wood’s commitment to ISU for softball

Amelia Prescher, Infographic Manager

October 7, 2020

Throughout her high school career, Emily Wood has been a force to be reckoned with. As a four-season varsity, multi-sport athlete in volleyball, softball, basketball and track and field, Emily Wood has left a major impact at Pleasant Valley and has gotten recognition for her talent elsewhere.  Just...

PV Football ends seven-year drought against cross-town rival

PV Football ends seven-year drought against cross-town rival

Michael VanDerSchaaf, Sports Editor

October 2, 2020

For the past seven years, the Pleasant Valley Spartans football team has succumbed to the defeat of the Bettendorf Bulldogs. However, the Spartans changed this narrative on Sept. 25 after a monumental 23-6 victory to advance to a 5-0 record. Having started their 2020 season with wins over Iowa City Regina...

Girls swimming and diving team affected by North Scott shutdown

The pool after the Piranhas Swim Club, the team most of the North Scott swimmers went to during the shutdown, finished practice.

Jonathan Chiles, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 29, 2020

Recently North Scott High School decided to shut down after 11 students tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 200 students have been quarantined following the shutdown.  Alongside the shutdown of in-person schooling, practices and meets for athletes have been suspended until the school decides ho...

NFL social justice advocacy impacts network ratings, viewership


Avid NFL fans Akash Pradeep and Bhanu Ravindran watch the Packers vs Saints game on Sunday September 27, 2020. Ravindran watches the game in support of the league’s use of their social platform for protest while Pradeep looks away in disapproval.

Ani Pradeep, News Editor

September 29, 2020

Recent calls for social justice have sparked numerous protests around the world, prompting  celebrities of all kinds to utilize their enormous platforms to advocate for equality,  including the National Football League. Consequently, viewership has significantly reduced. For years, the NFL has refused to comment on...

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