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Soccer coach Jill Ellis discusses successes, failures as second speaker in Panther Speaker Series

Coach Jill Ellis, the former U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team head coach, spoke in the Panther Speaker Series hosted by the Athletics Leadership Council. Ellis talked about her views of success and ways in which she frames failures.

By Grace Doyle and Nyah Fernandez

October 25, 2020

Coach Jill Ellis, the former U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team head coach and two-time FIFA Coach of the Year, was the second guest to speak in the Panther Speaker Series hosted by the Athletics Leadership Council. The webinar, which was held on Oct. 21 and entitled "Sport and Beyond," took place on the heels of t...

Soccer player Yasmeen Shabsough seeks to empower students in first athletic speaker series

Jordanian soccer player, Yasmeen Shabsough, took the time to present to the Archer community over Zoom about her journey in professional sports and other ventures. The Athlete Leadership Council will continue to host female athletes to share their stories and journeys within often male-dominated sporting fields.

By Grace Doyle and Nyah Fernandez

October 11, 2020

Yasmeen Shabsough, a 24-year-old professional soccer player from Jordan, was the only female in her family growing up with all male siblings. Up until the age of 13, Shabsough only played soccer with her brothers, uncles and male classmates. Shabsough was also chosen to play on Jordan's first U-14 Fe...

One team on multiple screens: Archer athletics adapts for 2020-2021 sports season

The varsity basketball team poses for a picture after a game at The Buckley School. Athletes, such as the basketball team, will have to regain their team dynamic virtually. Discussions of the 2020-2021 timeline and ways to keep up training were weaved in with new opportunities coming in the fall announced Athletic Director Kim Smith.

By Grace Doyle, Sports Editor

September 28, 2020

While classes remain virtual due to COVID-19, Kim Smith, Director of Athletics, and the athletics department announced their new digital programs and plans for the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. Let the virtual games begin. In order to comply with COVID-19 regulations, the athletics department has launched a new strength and conditioning program for the firs...

Athletics department accommodates training regimen amid pandemic

The varsity volleyball team is celebrating junior Vaughan Anoa'i's kill, which later contributed to their win against Buckley School. To support the 2020-2021 remote learning atmosphere, the Archer Athletics department is implementing a new virtual program. This strength and conditioning program will run through the TeamBuildR app, an online platform for coaches and trainers.

By London Sinclair, Podcast Editor

September 28, 2020

As the 2020-2021 academic year continues with remote learning due to COVID-19, social distancing guidelines have also made the athletics department adjust to the virtual space. To make the change, the athletics department, led by Athletic Director Kim Smith, are introducing a new approach to fitness. ...

Play like a panther: Amelia Nathanson commits to Chapman volleyball via Zoom

With over 100 community members watching over Zoom, senior Amelia Nathanson officially signed to play volleyball in college.

By Grace Doyle, Staff Writer

May 31, 2020

While surrounded by the virtual Archer community on Zoom, senior Amelia Nathanson committed to play Division 3 volleyball at Chapman University on May 20. As an outside hitter and libero for Actyve Volleyball for nine years and a player on Archer's varsity volleyball team for four years, Nathanson will now take...

Commentary: Consequences of postponing Tokyo’s Olympics to 2021 need solutions

The Olympic rings each represent different continents at the Olympics. This year's summer olympics in Tokyo has been postponed to 2021.

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

May 21, 2020

From track and field events to gymnastics, the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, were going to be the main sporting event of the year. While postponing due to COVID-19 was the best action to take given this time's uncertainty, some may overlook the ramifications this may cause on athletes and the...

New challenges arise from cancellation of traditional spring sports season

Sixth grader Saskia Sommer and her tennis teammates meet on Zoom during the first week of the Panther Challenge. After traditional spring sports were cancelled, athletes shifted to a virtual model to promote psychical fitness, mental health, and team connectivity.

By Grace Doyle and Rio Hundley

May 21, 2020

The start of a new sports season always brings a slew of new opportunities and challenges — but the 2020 spring season brought more than most. On March 16, practices and competitions were indefinitely suspended, and on April 12, spring sports were officially canceled in response to the extension of stay-at-home orders by California Governor Gavin Newsom.  "I wasn't shocked, just because ...

‘Rowing hasn’t seen the last of me’: Senior Charley Griffiths commits to Division 1 rowing at UC Berkeley

Senior Charley Griffiths wears a University of California, Berkeley t-shirt, where she has committed for Division 1 rowing next year. Griffiths has been a coxswain for four years. Photo courtesy of Griffiths.

By Molly Goldberg, Culture Editor

May 15, 2020

While her final season of being a high school rower was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak, senior Charley Griffiths’ rowing career is far from over. After being a coxswain in the Marina Aquatic Center junior rowing team for all four years of high school, Griffiths has committed to Division 1 row...

Varsity softball season strikes out: Panther challenge implemented to connect community

Kayla Gathers ('21) pictured above at the varsity softball 2019 final league game against Rolling Hills Preparatory School. The Archer Panthers beat the Rolling Hills Huskies, securing a first place finish in the league.

By London Sinclair, Staff Writer

April 26, 2020

The upper school varsity softball team started preseason in late February, but their practices came to an end the week of March 9 when Head of School Elizabeth English announced in a school-wide email that, starting March 16 "students will not come to campus" due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). At first, the future of the softball season was unclear, but Athle...

Athletes, coaches adjust to remote learning during outbreak of COVID-19

The middle school tennis team adjusts to having practice over Zoom.

By Lizette Gonzalez and Rio Hundley

April 9, 2020

Middle school tennis athletes show up to practice with rackets in hand, smiling and ready to work. But this time practices are different: they're held through Zoom, an online conferencing platform. Archer athletics made the switch to virtual practices due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent closure of school grounds. "It happened so quickly — I went into the office o...

Saddle up: Equestrian members leave their hoof-print on athletics program

Emma London '21 and her horse jump over a fence during one of their shows this past season. The equestrian team participates in the Interscholastic Equestrain League, better known as the ECL.

By Vaughan Anoa'i and Nyah Fernandez

March 22, 2020

As freshman Lucy Lassman gathered her saddle, blanket, bridle, helmet, safety stirrups and tendon boots, she was ready to hit the course and begin her equestrian show. But, just one thing was missing: her pony, Wall-E. Once he was properly prepared and attended to, Lassman was finally ready to per...

Track and field sprints through preseason, sets goals for season

Nia Mosby, Giana Parks and Hailey Adams warm up during one of their after school practices. The entire team feels

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Staff Reporter

March 7, 2020

As the fall and winter seasons came to a close, Archer's varsity track and field team suited up for their annual preseason, which began no later than mid-December. Although track and field is considered a spring sport, the running squad begins their training in the winter on the Lincoln Middle School and West LA tracks as we...

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