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Football is dying from a culture of toxic masculinity

Football is dying from a culture of toxic masculinity

By Saanvi Thakur

April 1, 2020

Being a football player, whether it's for the NFL or the school team, comes with a lot of glory. With all of the intense practices and the heavy toll it takes on the players, viewer rates continue to increase each year. More than 182 million people watched the regular NFL season and the average ...

Faria Focus

Faria Focus

By Jackson Faria

March 27, 2020

We have seen the effect of coronavirus on the world: the pandemic has shut down international travel, schools and worst of all — sports. For many sports fans, the seasonal change from winter to spring is a welcomed one. Some argue it is the best time of year on the sports calendar. During thi...

Spring sports athletes express disappointment in cancellations

Spring sports athletes express disappointment in cancellations

By Nitya Kashyap and Karen Li

March 22, 2020

Seniors can no longer round out season In a disappointing turn of events, spring sports athletes found their seasons cut short when FUHSD sent out an email on March 13 announcing the closure of schools across the district due to COVID-19.  As a result, all school activities — including athletics games and pr...

Girls varsity players discuss their soccer role models

Girls varsity players discuss their soccer role models

By Anika Karody and Nitya Kashyap

March 12, 2020

Nearly every successful person has someone they look up to: a muse, role model, mentor or someone they admire and aspire to be. For some it can be an icon in their field, and for others, their loved ones. Though junior Hannah McGoran, who played on the varsity team for her third year, cited “the classi...

Varsity boys basketball ends season with CCS qualification

Varsity boys basketball ends season with CCS qualification

By Allen Zhang

March 12, 2020

Varsity boys basketball ended their regular season with a record of 14-10, allowing them to qualify for CCS.  Although the basketball team experienced great success, players agree there is room for improvement. Opinions about how well the basketball season went differed greatly. Head varsity coa...

Wrestling hits top, will not back down

Wrestling hits top, will not back down

By Jane Park

March 11, 2020

The wrestling team broke barriers this year, earning the El Camino league title for the first time in 48 years. In addition, six players and two alternates qualified for CCS, a record number since 2012.  Junior Brandon Reed, who placed fifth at CCS, is not surprised by the outcome.  “I was ex...

Senior Kannan Karthik’s leadership through passion

Senior Kannan Karthik’s leadership through passion

By Jackson Faria

March 11, 2020

The captain of a soccer team is assigned the difficult task of leading and controlling the ten other players on the field. Varsity soccer captain, senior Kannan Karthik opened up about his role as captain and how the season went.  Karthik has been playing soccer since first grade, and his dad would practice ...

Seniors say farewell to high school basketball

Seniors say farewell to high school basketball

By Yukari E. Zapata

March 9, 2020

For the senior varsity basketball players, Feb. 12 marked the last high school game they will ever play.  Senior night is a time where players and their families come together to celebrate their time on the team.  “We built a family with our team, and even though our basketball careers are ...

Wrestling builds confidence, acts as outlet to relieve stress

Wrestling builds confidence, acts as outlet to relieve stress

By Shruti Magesh, Katelynn Ngo

March 6, 2020

Wrestling can be associated with physical strength, however it can also lay the foundation for long term goals: from accountability to discipline and resilience, according to Team USA. And, students who wrestle learn that they can eventually achieve success by diligently continuing to work on their failu...

Wins, losses aside, girls soccer focuses on sisterhood, community

By Katelynn Ngo

February 27, 2020

At the beginning of every single halftime during a soccer game, junior Jackie Khuong — who plays defense — and junior Abby O’Neill — who plays center mid, perform a handshake. If they don’t do the handshake or they mess it up, it spells bad luck for the game, O’Neill said.   The team...

Beyond high school sports

Beyond high school sports

By Melody Chen and Shreya Partha

February 27, 2020

From homemade jerseys to a team built on comradery, HHS teachers share unique athletic experiences from their high school years. Sports have, in fact, left a deep impression on a few teachers who have picked up skills, such as teamwork and character development, from their participation in athletics whil...

Girls basketball celebrates Senior Night, defeats Mountain View

Girls basketball celebrates Senior Night, defeats Mountain View

By Karen Li

February 14, 2020

One at a time, the three seniors on the girls basketball team walked across the large gym with their families amid thunderous cheering from the bleachers as friends and supporters waved posters and printed cutouts of their faces. After presenting the seniors, varsity coach Becky Chiu asked the crowd...