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Caitlin Clark playing Minnesota in her 2024 season.
Photo Credit- John McClellan

Caitlin Clark makes history, breaks all-time scoring record amidst false claims

Abby Moroney, Business Manager March 26, 2024

University of Iowa Basketball player Caitlin Clark became the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer across men’s and women’s basketball on March 3. Clark’s career points surpassed former LSU shooting...

Iowa Hawkeyes Women’s team sells out ahead of March Madness matchup.

Photo Credit: Hayden Thoms

Bracket busters: Expanded field sparks enthusiasm across the court

Spencer Johnson, Sports Editor, Student Life Editor March 25, 2024

March Madness’s unique playoff format provides arguably the most competitive and popular post season in all of sports. Eligibility and seeding of the March Madness bracket is accredited by a selection...

Two young fans watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds

MLB free agents hold out for better deals amidst contract impasse

Spencer Johnson, Sports Editor, Student Life Editor March 20, 2024

With Major League Baseball’s (MLB) World Tour kicking off in Seoul, South Korea, the 2024 season is officially underway. Nonetheless, many talented and sought after free agents (FA) remain unsigned,...

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dany Garcia announce UFL merger

The future of football: XFl and USFL merge, introducing the UFL

Spencer Johnson, Sports Editor, Student Life Editor February 26, 2024

The United Football League (UFL), set to launch in March of 2024, is a result of a merger between the Extreme Football League (XFL) and United States Football League (USFL), now providing fans with a singular...

Three point shot swished in basketball game
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Anticipation builds as Curry and Ionescu plan to compete in three-point showdown

Jaydon Kachappily, Photo Manager February 12, 2024

All-Star Weekend, Feb. 16-18, will be an exhilarating time for both the NBA and WNBA, as superstar Wardell Stephen Curry from the men's league and Sabrina Ionescu from the women’s league are set to face...

Pleasant Valley student watches Brock Purdy highlights ahead of Super Bowl

From Mr. Irrelevant to Super Bowl: Brock Purdy’s unlikely journey with the 49ers

Spencer Johnson, Sports Editor, Student Life Editor February 12, 2024

With the last pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected quarterback Brock Purdy from Iowa State University. Not two years later, they found Purdy leading their team in the Super Bowl...

Professional sports leagues have recently imposed fines on players for certain actions during the game or in the media.

The Cost of Expression: Unreasonable Fines in Professional Sports

Armaan Bhagwat, Photo Manager January 3, 2024

$16,391 is the amount of money George Pickens—wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers—was fined on December 31, 2023. His offense was simply pointing at a Cincinnati Bengals defender while scoring...

Wearing his Michigan sweatshirt, senior Connor Schutte checks on the box score of the Big 10 Championship.

Michigan to play in CFP Championship after season-long sign stealing allegations

Ashwin Parab, News Editor January 3, 2024

Earlier this college football season, The University of Michigan gained allegations of cheating through sign stealing against opponents. Multiple Big 10 football teams and media outlets claimed that...

The Quad City Blues hockey team celebrate a big win after senior Alex Blunk scores the game winning goal in overtime against Mason City (12/09/23).

Senior nights invoke high emotions for student athletes

Alex Blunk, Classroom Manager December 27, 2023

As students enter their final year of high school, they begin to realize their journey in school athletics is coming to an end. For students who will not continue competing in their sport in college, this...

 A glimpse of the Spartan weight room where many PV athletes do their off season workouts.

Not just the championship season: the importance of off season training

Hannah McVey, Business Manager December 20, 2023

After seeing the star player of a team dominate in their game, one may think that the player has natural athletic ability. In reality, the preparation prior to championship season requires extreme amounts...

Companies such as AllState, Cheez-It, Buffalo Wild Wings, and AT&T sponsor different bowl games held around the country to promote their brand.

Fans look forward to 2023-2024 College Football Bowl Games

Kyle Almgren, "Failed It" Anchor December 20, 2023

College football games are incredibly popular and bring in massive amounts of viewers for every game. Fans love to support their favorite teams each week and watch them fight for victory. PV senior...

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