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State Volleyball Recap

State Volleyball Recap

Nate Martell, News Editor

November 15, 2019

QUARTERFINAL RECAP Spartans avoid Lightning strike in quarterfinal game The girls’ volleyball team broke the “curse” and started the 5A State Tournament with an impressive win over Iowa City Liberty. This was the Spartan’s first state appearance since 2012. The seventh-ranked Spartans beat the second-ranked...

Spartans look to continue state volleyball run

Spartans look to continue state volleyball run

Ian Wilger, Photo Project Manager

November 13, 2019

2019 has been a successful year for the girls volleyball team. The girls mounted a 29-5 record and won their first game in their highly anticipated state tournament appearance Tuesday afternoon. Their path to reach the state tournament wasn’t easy. Pleasant Valley downed Bettendorf in three sets to secu...

Girls basketball: preparing for a new season with a new team

Girls basketball: preparing for a new season with a new team

Nate Martell, News Editor

November 11, 2019

The girls basketball team is preparing to start a new chapter for the upcoming season and after losing the talented class of 2019, the team is putting together a new line up and new game plan. Last season, the girls team had focal players Mallory Lafever, Macy Beinborn, Adrea Arthofer, Carli Spelhaug...

Spartan wrestling team ready to pin down a successful season

Spartan wrestling team ready to pin down a successful season

Eesha Lawande, Copy Editor

November 11, 2019

As the wrestling season approaches, the team has many goals for the upcoming season in order to succeed individually and as a team. Last year, the dual team did not go far, and they were not very close to qualifying for state, but this year hopes are high the whole team will have a successful sea...

Spartan football end of year recap

Spartan football end of year recap

Ian Wilger, Sports Editor

November 6, 2019

    The Pleasant Valley football team wrapped up their season with three wins and six losses. During the latest season, the team faced difficult opponents in their schedule, resulting in a significant downgrade from previous season records. The Spartans were led by junior quarterback Ryan Mum...

Cross-training success: Athletes dive into the world of swimming

Cross-training success: Athletes dive into the world of swimming

Carly Lundry, News Editor

November 5, 2019

Coaches across the country are discovering the benefits of cross-training their athletes. And less traditional workouts have made a big splash at Pleasant Valley. The implementation of swim workouts has provided PV athletics with a more diverse training program that has been proved beneficial with...

Boys basketball ushers into a new era

Boys basketball ushers into a new era

Jack Donahue, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2019

As the sun sets on fall sports, it is only the dawn of the upcoming basketball season for the Spartans. While on paper it looks as though the PV boys’ basketball team will struggle, having graduated lots of talent last year, the team argues that they are going to surprise a few teams this year. A new...

Spartans hit the dek

Spartans hit the dek

Sanjiv Iyer, Photo Manager

November 4, 2019

Pleasant Valley students have extended their athletic endeavors beyond what the school offers. While some students partake in two-hand touch football and indoor soccer, a new group has emerged with their sport of choice: Dek Hockey. Founded by seniors Stone Patten and Spencer Brecht, the team consi...

Rattled: How a short term inconvenience can become a long term problem

Rattled: How a short term inconvenience can become a long term problem

Alyce Brown, Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 4, 2019

The risk of head trauma in soccer and football is continually a heavily discussed topic. However, the debate surrounding the sports has been largely devoid of specific information on the conditions that are at the heart of its danger. One of the most harmful conditions formed as a result of these s...

Using defeat as motivation: girls’ cross country team remains positive after missing state qualification

Using defeat as motivation: girls’ cross country team remains positive after missing state qualification

Maya Johnson, Feature Editor

November 4, 2019

On a traditionally successful course for Spartans, the girls’ cross country team was one place away from qualifying for a trip to state at their home meet on Thursday, Oct. 24.  The team also placed second at their conference meet in Muscatine last month, a title they have won eight times in the...

Slideshow: Head of the Charles

Slideshow: Head of the Charles

Will Sharis, Photo Manager

October 23, 2019

Sports: sleep vs. homework

Sports: sleep vs. homework

Will Sharis, Photo Manager

October 22, 2019

Student-athletes have to deal with the battle between school stress and lack of sleep which can and often leads to suffering grades Every sport requires a large amount of time and dedication from student-athletes who have to juggle both the responsibilities of playing a school sport and going to schoo...

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