Seniors excel in Taekwondo despite the sport’s gender imbalance November 29, 2023 — by Sarah Zhou As the breaking board snapped, the small crowd that had gathered to watch senior Margaret Laver’s third-degree black belt assessment at the Sunnyvale Martial Arts Academy on Oct. 27 erupted into applause. “I felt like a big weight [was lifted] off my back because [board breaking] was the part of the test I was worried […] read more » New team dynamic proves beneficial for girls’ volleyball November 26, 2023 — by Sarah Thomas The girls’ volleyball team’s season ended with their first CCS game loss to King City on Oct. 30. Though the team lost several key matchups this season against teams like Wilcox, Homestead and Lynbrook, they were able to grow in terms of technique and internal chemistry. Junior co-captain and outside hitter Emerson Pak said the […] read more » Falcons dominate in last two regular season victories over Gunn and Lynbrook November 20, 2023 — by Nika Svizhenko and Caitlin Stoiber The Falcons didn’t make CCS, but they ended their season on a high note with two consecutive dominating wins: 45-0 at Lynbrook on Nov. 4 and a 24-0 win at Gunn on Oct. 27. Their final record was 4-6 and they finished in 5th place in the Peninsula-Lake division. As has been the case in […] read more » Squash: a symphony of rackets, balls and strategy November 20, 2023 — by Neal Malhotra I have played competitive squash since I was 13. No, not the fruit squash, the sport. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about squash is a sport in which players step onto a court inside a 25- by 45-foot box with the goal of trying to hit a single 40mm black […] read more » Dance team transitions from football half time performances to competition season November 20, 2023 — by Shirina Cao and Jessica Li Senior dance team captain Annalyn Bui beamed with pride as she walked down the football field during the senior night football game on Oct. 22, her arms linked within her parents’ arms. From the corner of her eyes, she could see the tear-stained faces of her teammates junior co-captain Saejal Thomas and freshman Chloe Nguyen, […] read more » New wrestlers work with experienced new coach November 17, 2023 — by Aiden Ye Head Coach: Bianca Vargas Last year’s record: 0-7 Recap: The team of five coached by Taylor Wilson often lost matches due to their inability to fill out all the weight classes against larger teams. Despite strong performances by members, the Falcons had to default for all weight classes they didn’t have a participant for. Key […] read more » Parent donations crucial to keep sports running November 16, 2023 — by Grace Lin This fall, the JV girls’ water polo team ran short of money due to a lack of parent donations, leading them to cancel one appearance in a tournament. Funding shortages like this are rare at the school, but funding struggles are more common in recent years after the passage of California’s Assembly Bill 1575 in […] read more » A balancing act: Sophomore learns to juggle water polo and dance November 16, 2023 — by Isabelle Wang After the end-of-the-day school bell rang this fall, sophomore Thalea Charton headed to her dance studio to practice for an hour. Then, after an intense session of ballet and other forms of dance, Charton packed her bags and headed to her second sport as a member of the school’s water polo team, where she practiced […] read more » Despite defensive improvements later in the season, boys’ water polo finishes last in league November 16, 2023 — by Mitchell Chen The boys’ water polo team finished eighth of eight teams in the El Camino division with a final record of 1-13. Toward the end of the season, they were able to improve significantly on their defense and hold scores down. Offensively, however, the boys could not make the necessary adjustments needed to score and win. […] read more » Season preview: Guided by new coach, girls’ basketball focuses on shoring up defense November 16, 2023 — by Aiden Ye and Florence Wei Head Coach: Manny Steffen Last year’s record: 6-18 Recap: With just eight players on the team last year, the Falcons struggled with injuries and an unstable roster. Despite wins against Los Gatos and Homestead, and a 19.3 points per game performance by then-senior Tanya Ghai, the team did not qualify for CCS. Key Matchups: Los […] read more » 12345...1020304050...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.