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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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Girls track coach of the year

Caroline Corcoran, Multimedia Manager March 29, 2023

Entering his 16th season as part of the Pleasant Valley Girls Track and Field team, head coach Kenny Wheeler continues to make an impact on high school athletics, teaching his athletes lessons that travel...

Pleasant Valley students sign to continue their athletic career at college at PV’s fall signing day.

A segway to more opportunities

Ike Swanson, Business Manager March 27, 2023

Sports are viewed to most people as just a game played for entertainment. But for some people, sports are an opportunity for much more, and in some cases, a chance to turn their lives around.  This...

Josie Kaffenberger, Captain and 4 year Varsity member of the Pleasant Valley Platinum Dance Team.

Athlete of the Week: Josie Kaffenberger

Sarah Abdullah, Social Media Manager March 27, 2023

As a captain and a four year varsity member of the Pleasant Valley Platinum Dance Team, senior Josie Kaffenberger has demonstrated leadership, dedication and drive through all her accomplishments. Kaffenberger...

Junior Caden Rubel of the Pleasant Valley Spartans gets open for a pass in the quarter-final game against the #1 seeded Kennedy Cougars, March 8, 2023.

Athlete of the week: Caden Rubel

Drake Hanson, Photo Manager March 27, 2023

This year’s basketball season proved to be a success after PV beat the number one seeded team in the state quarter-finals. They went on to the semifinals where they put up a good fight against the now...

Pleasant Valley Platinum has won over 15 state champion titles in addition to many other accomplishments and forms of recognition at the state level. However, the dancers feel their hard work and accomplishments are not celebrated and recognized equal to other sports.

The ever-changing status of high school cheer and dance

Caroline Corcoran, Multimedia Manager March 20, 2023

Cheerleaders and dancers are both frequently questioned about their status as athletes. Despite having been recognized as an independent sport in 1997 and receiving official approval in 1999, cheer is...

Junior Jessie Clemons competes in the State Championship game on Friday Mar. 3. Clemons put up a total of 18 points, and also earned the award of Top Producer for the game.

Athlete of the week: Jessie Clemons

Libby Kamp, Sports Editor March 10, 2023

As a member of the 2nd team all state, all MAC and winner of many solo titles such as MAC player of the year, Jessie Clemons can do it all. Only a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, Clemons has managed...

Pleasant Valley flags are proudly displaced in the main gym showing the success in all sports throughout the years.

The success in sports at Pleasant Valley continues through the spring

Grace Sherman, Student Life Editor March 10, 2023

Committed to excellence, sports at Pleasant Valley have always been held to a high standard. Multi-sport athletes, strong teams, and determined players are a key to the success shown in PV athletics.  As...

 Pleasant Valley Girls Basketball celebrate the first ever basketball championship in school history following an amazing season that will be remembered for years to come.

A chase ending with the greatest win: Lady Spartans are basketball state champions

Caroline Corcoran, Multimedia Manager March 7, 2023

And with 26th season wins, the Pleasant Valley Spartans are the 2023 Basketball State Champions! On March 3, the Pleasant Valley girls basketball team (PVGBB) ended their season winning the first ever...

The newly implemented pitch clock being used in a minor league baseball game.

The ticking clock: How the pitch clock is changing baseball

Ike Swanson, Business Manager March 7, 2023

It is no mystery that American’s attention spans are growing shorter by the day as technology evolves. This trend is largely due to the current technology and the accessibility of quick media like Tiktok...

Iowa senator Waylon Brown proposed a bill to add a cardiovascular exam into high school physical evaluations.

Iowa aims to combat cardiac risks among high school athletes

Libby Kamp, Sports Editor March 6, 2023

1 in 50,000 high school athletes die of a cardiovascular condition each year. And about 1 in 4 babies are born with congenital heart defects. These statistics are increasing every year, and are often being...

Bryn Bahnks is planning to continue her academic career at Washington University in St. Louis to study biology this upcoming fall semester.

Athlete of the week: Bryn Bahnks

Libby Kamp, Sports Editor February 27, 2023

Senior Bryn Bahnks is an underrated machine in not only one or two sports, but three. Moving from a small town in Illinois, Bahnks transferred into Pleasant Valley at the start of her junior year. Bahnks...

Referees have become the face of the scripted NFL controversy. With their calls often being the deciding factors of games, fans look at them as the proof of games being rigged.

“The NFL is scripted”

Alex Banerjee, News Editor February 22, 2023

One holding call reignited the decades long conspiracy about the NFL being a rigged organization. Many have called the NFL a fixed game made to make money, and the recent games have been of no help in...

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