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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

Antonio Brown suits up in a Buccaneers jersey and verbally screams at a referee.

Brown to frown: An NFL star’s journey to demise

Alex Hunter, Copy Editor January 10, 2022

Antonio Brown, an NFL star known for his dramatic outbreaks and publicity stunts, exemplified true loss of face as he ripped off his pads, jersey and reputation on Jan. 2, 2022, in the Buccaneers games...

Madden joins congress in a meeting over diabetic research in 2007.

A tribute to John Madden

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager January 10, 2022

From head coach to head sportscaster, John Madden was the face of football. Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at age 85. A moment of silence was held across all NFL stadiums on Sunday in...

The Quad City Varsity Blues play against the Mason City Mohawks on November 27, 2021.

Backtracking to previous COVID guidelines: Major League sports react to change

Isa Burkhart, News Section Editor January 3, 2022

Sports fans have enjoyed the lift on COVID-19 restrictions for the NHL, NFL, MLB and other major sports leagues. While this has enhanced the seasons in terms of fan turnout, team spirit and raging team...

Kirk Ferentz’ success stretches far beyond achieving victories, he takes pride in giving back to those in need.

It truly is more than just a sport

Alex Hunter, Copy Editor December 20, 2021

As Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa Hawkeye football squad prepare to battle against the University of Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day, Ferentz’s goals stretch much farther than winning a game....

Showing good sportsmanship at the professional level is important for upholding the integrity of athletic competition.

Redefining sportsmanship

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor December 20, 2021

Since the beginning of sports competitions centuries ago, the practice of good sportsmanship and character have been established as unwritten rules of the game. It is engraved in the history of sports...

Former French Open and Wimbledon Champion Peng Shuai is pictured in 2014.

China’s attempt to control global sports is backfiring

Vinay Joshi, Business Manager December 13, 2021

China tried to make one of its most famous athletes disappear. Unfortunately for them, the world took notice. Tennis player Peng Shuai, the former world number one in Women’s Doubles and Wimbledon...

Junior Connor Borbeck prepares to make a play against Iowa City Liberty.

Basketball Profiles: Leaders of Spartan program

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager December 13, 2021

One of the first things that comes to mind while discussing PV’s athletic program is their impressive basketball team.  The Spartans Finished their 2020 season (19-4) at the Wells Fargo arena following...

Golf pioneer Lee Elder is remembered not only for his incredible abilities on the course, but for his advocacy for racial equality in golf.

OPINION: Breaking boundaries on and off the course: Remembering the life of Lee Elder

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor December 13, 2021

For both golf fanatics and ordinary sports fans alike, the names Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player ring a bell. The iconic “Big Three” stood out as America’s finest golfers and revolutionized...

Sports bettors flood New Lumpini boxing stadium in Thailand.

Sports gambling: A bad bet

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager December 8, 2021

“Easy money!” “Who ya got tonight?” “Let’s wager $1000 more.” “Use the DraftKings app!” With 18 American states having passed sports betting legislation in the past three years, sportsbooks...

A fan reps West’s brand on the basketball court.

Kanye West becomes first musician in history to open his own academy

Alex Hunter, Copy Editor December 8, 2021

While Kanye West is best known as an accoladed rapper, he is one of the first musicians to open up his own school. The tuition-free, private, K-12 school offers a reputable basketball program along with...

PV’s Fall Sports Journey in 2021

December 7, 2021
Pleasant Valley High School is filled with exceptional teams. The Spartan Shield recognizes those teams, their hard work and dedication to their sports with this Shield Fall Sports 2021 piece.
Four teams face off every year in the current College Football Playoff.

OPINION: Why the college football playoff desperately needs to be expanded

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor December 6, 2021

The love for college football is felt throughout the country, yet when the final weeks of the season roll around, fans are left unsatisfied with a flawed season finale. For the past seven college football...

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