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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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 Abigail Meyrer doing a half where she came out in front.

First Chapter of the Girls Wrestling Team

Quinn Russell, Design Manager November 28, 2022

2022 marks the first year there has been a girls wrestling team. The team may be small but they are mighty for persevering to make this team a reality.  The members of the Pleasant Valley girls’...

Senior Libby Kamp signing to Quincy University to play soccer next year.

19 PV athletes taking their high school talents to the collegiate level

Maura Peters, Photo Manager November 18, 2022

A day that represents one of the final steps in determining athletes’ post-secondary futures is Nov. 9, which marks National Signing Day for almost all high-school athletes. Pleasant Valley’s Class...

Soccer fans around the world have voiced their frustration surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Controversy in Qatar: 2022 World Cup has fans infuriated

Oskar Barudin, News Editor November 17, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off later this month and has drawn controversy due to it being held and organized in Qatar, after it won the bid to host.  Qatar has historically held a bad reputation...

 Senior Makhi Wilson runs the ball up the field at Pleasant Valley High School against Muscatine on Sept. 17 2022.

Seniors running sports at PV

Daniel Zietlow, Sports Editor November 8, 2022

There is no doubt that Spartan sports have dominated in the MAC and at the State Level over the past few years. Volleyball has had four state appearances with a state title in 2021 and a runner up title...

Senior Luke Knepp leads a pack of runners during the 2022 MAC Conference meet on Oct. 13 at Crow Creek Park.

A long journey to the top

Pranav Suresh, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 8, 2022

On that podium, he was nothing but overjoyed. None of the people looking up at the deck saw that though. What they saw was a semi-conscious runner who was giving it his all just to stay standing.  As...

Seniors Jacob Mumey and Luke Knepp share their all state placement at the 2022 state cross country meet.

Athlete of the week: Jacob Mumey

Oskar Barudin, Business Manager November 6, 2022

“Go the extra mile, it's never crowded” This saying led the PV boys cross country team to excellence. The season was nothing short of greatness, credited to leadership from senior captain, Jacob...

The Pleasant Valley volleyball team celebrates after defeating Waukee Northwest in the Class 5A State Semifinals.

Season recap- All Pleasant Valley Volleyball has accomplished in the 2022 season

Maura Peters, Photo Manager November 4, 2022

Season Recap Although the 2022 season didn’t end the way they had hoped, the PV volleyball team has so much to be proud of.  Nov. 3 marks the end of the team’s season, with a runner-up finish...

The PV girl’s cross-country team having a meeting after their first meet of the season, at Iowa City.

Motivation behind running

Lydia Sommer, PV Only Editor November 4, 2022

Running is unlike any other sport: runners must use every ounce of energy to perform well. Their ability does not depend on agility, like throwing a ball, catching or passing, but rather, on how undying...

Senior Jacob Mumey runs by his teammates during the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Knepp, Spartans give it their all at state cross country meet

Isaiah Steele, Site Manager October 31, 2022

In the early afternoon of Oct. 29, 2022, PV boys’ and girls’ cross country teams toed the line at the legendary state meet location in Fort Dodge, Iowa. For decades, Spartans have run the same course,...

Nikhil Ramaraju, Charles Boldt, and coach Jamie Whalen (pictured left to right) stand at the Head of the Charles podium on October 23, 2022

Local Spartan breaks course record at the largest stage

Pranav Suresh, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 27, 2022

Crew, the infamous Charles, and a couple of course records. The local Y Quad Cities rowing team is a known perennial powerhouse to those who follow the niche sport of crew, and the recent class of rowers...

Senior varisity football player, Andrew DePaepe, playing against Muscatine in the homecoming game.

Bonkers for bucks: The controversies and competition of sports scholarships

Jake Wilsted, News Editor October 26, 2022

College application season is here, posing questions about paying for post-secondary education. Parents and students scour for scholarships. However, not all quests for scholarships begin during high school. The...

The Y Quad Cities rowing team raced at Youth Nationals 2022 earlier this year.

rowing spotlight, do people do it for college acceptance?

Luci Patel, Innovation Manager October 25, 2022

Rowing has become a popular sport in the Quad Cities over the past few years. Recently, the Y Quad Cities rowing team has competed in many regattas including the Canadian Henley where the Men’s U19 double...

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