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RECAP: Girls swimming at state

The website that was used to host the Livestream for the state meet
January 14, 2021

With the Iowa state swim meet done and over with, it is time to recap the season and the meet itself.  The girls’ swim season had a lot going for it this year. The pool got renovated and they had...

How winter sports are struggling to start their season

In order to adhere to COVID guidelines, swimmers are required to wear masks up until they enter the water have to space themselves out across the pool.
January 13, 2021

High school sports all around the United States have been struggling to stay in season with COVID-19 looming over the nation. Some schools managed to get their sports programs through the fall season without...

JuCo products: the route to division one football that is often overlooked

Pleasant Valley football players Kellen Hornbuckle and Matt Mickle on a visit at Iowa Western
January 10, 2021

Every year, high school football players from across the country commit to play at colleges across the nation. Often faced with the challenge of picking the right level, many athletes are finding junior...

Sports injuries: How they can progress beyond physical pain

When an injury happens on the field, players and coaches often surround the player to comfort and help them. Injuries are often not taken lightly as they can break a sports career.
December 22, 2020

Playing a sport can increase the likelihood of obtaining a physical injury which can be recovered from quickly, but some can end careers and progress to damaging mental health. Senior Anna Kunau has...

Platinum makes school history at state dance awards

Platinum dancers (from left to right) Kylie Crome, Emma Richards, Louie Conn, Maci Quam, Reagan Glaus and Josie Kaffenberger compete at the 2021 ISDTA state solo competition hosted at HyVee Hall on Nov. 19.
December 15, 2020

When it comes to making school history, the members of the Pleasant Valley Platinum dance team have been there and done that. Within the last two seasons alone, they have done it over three times.  During...

COVID and college: How student athletes are losing their chance at recruitment

After COVID-19 ruined some high school seasons, student athletes are trying to make up for lost time in hopes of getting an athletic scholarship.
November 23, 2020

While COVID-19 has changed the lives of countless Americans, it has also altered the Class of 2021 athletes' future plans. In the United States, roughly 7% of high school athletes go on to play sports...

Gov. Kim Reynolds new mandates have big effects on high school sports

Kim Reynolds held a virtual press conference on Nov. 10 to address the state about the new mandates regarding sports
November 23, 2020

On Nov. 10, Iowa’s governor Kim Reynold announced new restrictions on high school sports. This came as a shock to many as the state had allowed many fans at games during the fall sports season. These...

The road to Wells Fargo: Platinum’s pursuit of state success despite pandemic

Despite a pandemic and a slow start to their season, the Pleasant Valley Platinum dance team was able to travel to Des Moines on Nov. 19 to compete at the ISDTA state championships.
November 20, 2020

Five months ago, the odds were highly stacked against the Pleasant Valley Platinum dance team. With no camp, no summer practices and a raging pandemic, their chances at state were slim to none.  But...

Never-ending spirit: All-State Cheer continues despite changes

The 2018 Iowa All-State cheerleaders stunt during their performance for the boys basketball state tournament.
November 17, 2020

For many high school athletes in the state of Iowa, being a part of an All-State team is a distinguished honor. This is no different for cheerleading.  For most sports, to be considered All-State,...

The new style of winter sports

Basketball, a PV winter sport, is subject to many changes this year.
November 17, 2020

Football, cross country, girls swimming, boys golf and other fall sports that took place this season finished without any interruptions. Even though lineups had to change due to COVID-19, the seasons were...

Sports stadiums reopen with lack of safety

Pleasant Valley Spartan fans stand close together at the Brady game on Oct. 8. While they are wearing masks, they fail to stand 6-feet apart, putting themselves at risk for infection.
November 17, 2020

As the  seasons for many sports progress, stadiums have begun reducing restrictions. This has led many spectators to question whether it is safe to attend games. Professional leagues such as the NBA...

Breaking boundaries: Life as a male dancer

Louie Conn, Pleasant Valley Platinum’s first male dancer is enjoying his last year on the school's dance team, but says his dancing journey is far from over.
November 17, 2020

Graceful, an adjective often associated with women, might be the perfect word to describe dancers when they are in their element. But one Pleasant Valley senior is breaking both boundaries and stereotypes...

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