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Nieco Erasmo practices his volleyball skills during warmup.

Boys volleyball’s comeback season

By Jaden Gervacio, Staff May 20, 2024
The last chance towards entering a championship boys volleyball had was in the 2022 Division II playoffs, where they caught themselves in a 3-0 defeat in the finals against the Narbonne Gauchos.
Shortstop Nate Renard swings his bat against the Kennedy High School pitcher on May 6.

Baseball souring through Division II playoffs

After a 10-10 overall season record, the baseball team has been performing incredibly well in their playoff season, with an inside-the-park homerun and a nailbiting game against the top seed in the division.
By Isabel Valles, Athletics Editor May 17, 2024
After a 10-10 overall season record, the baseball team has been performing incredibly well in their playoff season, with an inside-the-park homerun and a nailbiting game against the top seed in the division.
Japans Summer Koshien has allowed many baseball teams to rise to stardom. However, the competition is fraught with allegations of abuse by coaches who try to push their players to the limits.

Japan’s Summer Koshien: Exploitation of honor

In a society filled with endless pressure to succeed, the Summer Koshien is home to hundreds of teenage boys who share one goal – make this the greatest baseball game of their lives – at the expense of large-scale abuse that has increasingly been facing pushback.
By Alyson Cerna May 13, 2024
In a society filled with endless pressure to succeed, the Summer Koshien is home to hundreds of teenage boys who share one goal – make this the greatest baseball game of their lives – at the expense of large-scale abuse that has increasingly been facing pushback.
Devin Brown tries to score a point in midair after getting the ball set to him.

Ultimate showdown between the alumni and current volleyball teams

By Jaden Gervacio and Chioma Chiawa May 9, 2024
On Friday, April 26, ASB (Associated Student Body) hosted the volleyball alumni games, in which former volleyball athletes return to the court and face off against the current volleyball team.
Senior Team Captain Kirk Uytiepo and freshman Cliff Favis giving it their all and having fun despite facing their most challenging opponents that day.

Tragic loss prevents boys tennis from moving forward

On Friday, April 26, boys tennis faces Los Angeles CES and lost 10.5-19
By David Vazquez, Staff May 6, 2024
On Friday, April 26, boys tennis faces Los Angeles CES and lost 10.5-19
Shohei Ohtani at bat early in the season. His interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, recently got in a scandal that accused the interpreter of stealing $4 million from his employer and friend.

Doubling down on double standards: The Ohtani-Mizuhara case

Examining the MLB's response to the Ohtani-Mizuhara scandal, raising questions about fairness and player accountability. The controversy highlights broader issues of image management and double standards within the league.
By Rogers Levitt, Staff May 2, 2024
Examining the MLB's response to the Ohtani-Mizuhara scandal, raising questions about fairness and player accountability. The controversy highlights broader issues of image management and double standards within the league.
Joel Nam faces off against an opponent.

Boys tennis wipes out the Reseda Regents

By David Vazquez, Staff Apr 26, 2024
On Senior Night Thursday, April 18, boys tennis faced the Reseda High School Regents and won 7-1.
Wolves demolish the Pythons, continuing their three-game winning streak

Wolves demolish the Pythons, continuing their three-game winning streak

By Isabel Valles, Athletics Editor Apr 25, 2024
Baseball faced off against the Panorama Pythons on Thursday, April 18, and squashed them 16-3.
Senior Devin Brown (#3) reaches for the ball.

Boys volleyball secures a triumphant Senior Night win

By Chioma Chiawa and Jaden Gervacio Apr 22, 2024
On Wednesday, April 17, the boys' volleyball team held its Senior Night in the Big Gym and dominated Canoga Park High School, winning with a score of 3-1.
Starting pitcher and outfielder Jeremy Henriquez (#8) gears up to hit a pitch.

Baseball dominates the Hunters with two home runs

By Isabel Valles, Athletics Editor Apr 17, 2024
The boys baseball team battled against the Canoga Park Hunters on Thursday, April 11 and squashed them 7-5.
From L to R: Jonathan Kim, Joshua Murphy, Lucca Riley, Aidyn Kinchen and Devin Brown huddle together and quickly talk strategy after scoring a point.

Boys volleyball trash San Fernando in three sets

By Jaden Gervacio, Staff Apr 16, 2024
On Monday, April 8, boys volleyball battled against San Fernando High School, who are currently in last place in the Valley Mission League, and defeated them with ease, winning in three sets.
Starter JV outside hitter Yeerdlee Miranda (#10) spikes a ball against the Panorama Pythons at a home game on April 3.

Boys volleyball dump Panorama Pythons out of their den

By Chioma Chiawa, Staff Apr 15, 2024
On Wednesday, April 3, boys volleyball scourged the Panorama Pythons, ravaging them with a score of 3-1.
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