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Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

Class of 2022 seniors play in their senior night game.

Riding a season high: PV football finds much needed momentum

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor October 15, 2021

After pulling off a stunning upset against the then second ranked Iowa City Little Hawks, The Spartan football team has found their footing during the most pivotal time of the regular season. Riding...

Aidan Kilstrom annonces his commitment through a neat graphic.

Hard work and well rounded excellence pays off for Aidan Kilstrom as he scores big in college recruitment

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor October 11, 2021

Getting accepted into an Ivy League school is a dream students share worldwide. That dream became reality for PV senior Aidan Kilstrom when he was accepted to Harvard. Now if I were to tell you that...

The 2021 PV varsity girls’ golf team poses after placing runner-up at the 2021 state championship.

An errant shot: How toxic masculinity has suppressed the achievements of women in golf

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor October 11, 2021

“She’s a girl, what else did you expect?” commented one.  “I bet DJ’s gonna get his real win tonight with that wife of his,” said another. These derogatory comments are just a few of...

Pictured above, Iowa fans cheer on the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa football’s impressive start to their regular season

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager October 11, 2021

From the stands of Kinnick Stadium located in the heart of Iowa City – home of the Hawkeyes – tens of thousands of fans attend weekly football games throughout the fall season. Starting off their...

Road races are a popular activity across the globe.

Quad Cities Marathon: Controversy and competition

Alyssa Smith, Social Media Manager October 4, 2021

The Quad Cities Marathon brings in runners from across the globe, some just wanting to compete along the scenic route, others hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon and the few elite looking to bring...

Ella Schmit pins her opponent in a high school match during her junior season campaign.

Breaking the barrier: The University of Iowa to introduce women’s wrestling team

Alex Hunter, Copy Editor October 4, 2021

After a long-awaited arrival, the University of Iowa is set to launch the first women’s wrestling program during the 2023-2024 school year.  This groundbreaking milestone will mark the beginning...

The PV Boys’ Golf Team poses after their MAC victory at Midland Hills Golf Club in Kewanee, Illinois.

PV boys’ golf dominates the MAC

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor October 4, 2021

Victory is nothing new to the PV boys’ golf team–and neither is being the underdog. Fueled by an impressive two-day total of 147 by senior Nathan Tillman and a solid 154 by junior Sam Johnson, the...

Freshman Grace Boleyn (second from the right) flexes with her team after finishing in first place at their meet in Dubuque.

Starting off on the right foot: How freshman Grace Boleyn’s character and effort set her up for success

Jillian Keppy, PV Only Editor September 27, 2021

Freshman cross country runner Grace Boleyn has sped past competition in her debut high school season with the PV girls cross country team. Boelyn began to build her portfolio of success in junior high....

Senior Joe Gaya completes a set of bench press at the TBK Bett Plex late last week.

Lifting off the weight of COVID-19: The sudden upbringing of exercise for teenagers today

Alex Hunter, Copy Editor September 20, 2021

With an overwhelming amount of spare time during the COVID-19 outbreak, the fitness gap widened among the American population. Millions of citizens were forced to lock themselves away in pure isolation...

The Spartan football team breaks out of huddle following early evening practice.

2021 fall sports fall short at Pleasant Valley

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager September 20, 2021

Following an extremely impressive 2020-2021 school year from PV’s athletic programs, high expectations accompany several historic accomplishments met over the course of last year. To exemplify the...

This is the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open where Emma Raducanu captured the 2021 Women’s Title

Raducanu’s improbable U.S. Open triumph inspires a generation

Vinay Joshi, Business Manager September 20, 2021

With a 108 mph ace, Emma Raducanu secured the 2021 U.S. Open title, defying expectations and ushering in a new era of women’s professional tennis. Raducanu’s success seemingly came from nowhere....

The PV student section cheers on the Spartan football team at their game against Dubuque Hempstead.

A regulation-free year: What the absence of COVID restrictions means for fall sports

Jillian Keppy, PV Only Editor September 9, 2021

After an extremely difficult year filled with restrictions due to COVID-19, Pleasant Valley is entering the fall sports season regulation-free. This means that mask requirements, team quarantines and limited...

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