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Pep rally promotes ‘connection’, ‘community’ among athletes, students

Pep rally promotes ‘connection’, ‘community’ among athletes, students

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2020

During Archer's first-ever pep rally, freshman Helena Kaminski and her fellow JV volleyball players were pulled into the hallway and behind the makeshift stage by Assistant Athletic Director Amelia Mathis. Mathis "hyped up" the players and their season before introducing them. When the athletes ran on...

Varsity soccer kicks off season with new field

Varsity soccer kicks off season with new field

By Chloe Fidler and Grace Doyle

January 9, 2020

As varsity soccer begins its season, playing games with a home-field advantage is a change for the team.  The players, coaches, students, faculty and staff can now play and practice on campus. Having an on-campus field allows the team to make the late bus and meet with their teachers before prac...

Signed, sealed, delivered: Senior Andrea Campos-Ralston signs letter of intent, commits to play Division I volleyball

Signed, sealed, delivered: Senior Andrea Campos-Ralston signs letter of intent, commits to play Division I volleyball

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

December 21, 2019

With her longtime coach Lainey Gera and her parents at her side, Andrea Campos-Ralston signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday, Nov. 11. From the amphitheater's stands, other Archer students watched and filmed the event. Archer Athletics Director Kim Smith invited the community to witness the...

Q&A with varsity tennis captains: Hannah Katzenstein, Dylan Marmur

Q&A with varsity tennis captains: Hannah Katzenstein, Dylan Marmur

By Molly Goldberg, Culture Editor

December 18, 2019

When the clock struck three p.m. every day during fall sports season, the varsity tennis team headed across the street to the Barrington Recreation Center for practice. Comprised of 18 girls from every grade in the upper school, the team finished undefeated in the league. Senior captains Hannah Katzenste...

Varsity volleyball wraps up season with ‘victories,’ ‘friendship’

Varsity volleyball wraps up season with ‘victories,’ ‘friendship’

By London Sinclair, Staff Reporter

December 14, 2019

Varsity volleyball began its intensive training in mid-July, though the season did not officially begin until September. The season lasted about three months but concluded on Nov. 12, when the Panthers lost to Maranatha Christian High School during the first round of state playoffs. "The summ...

Varsity cross country sprints through season, reflects on triumphs, challenges

Varsity cross country sprints through season, reflects on triumphs, challenges

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Staff Reporter

December 13, 2019

The varsity cross country team took their marks and ran in the first official CIF meet of their season on Saturday, Nov. 16. Coming off of a second place finish at league finals and the defeat of their rival, Pacifica Christian School, the team viewed qualifying for CIF as "the icing on the cake," sophomore r...

(Pre)Teen Spirit: Middle school volleyball, cross country, swim teams wrap up fall seasons

(Pre)Teen Spirit: Middle school volleyball, cross country, swim teams wrap up fall seasons

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

December 10, 2019

For Archer's middle-schoolers, the end of first semester marks the end of their first experience in Archer athletics or their last season before transitioning into JV and varsity teams. Throughout the first few months of school, the Oracle covered the "growth," "memories" and "community" that middle school athletes said they experienced. Middle School Volleyball This year's tryouts turned out 27 ...

Middle school swim fosters ‘love for the sport’ despite cancelled championship

Middle school swim fosters ‘love for the sport’ despite cancelled championship

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2019

Since joining the Pacific Basin League [PBL] in 2011, the middle school swim team has won five PBL championships and placed second the other two years. This year, the team continued defending their title by winning almost every event. Then, the league final was cancelled due to fires. “I saw the team grow, a...

Junior varsity volleyball improves skills, ‘creates positive dynamic’

Junior varsity volleyball improves skills, ‘creates positive dynamic’

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

December 4, 2019

Faith Soriano ‘22, an outside hitter on the junior varsity volleyball team, ran to pass the ball at an Oct. 3 game. Suddenly, she forgot she was playing front row and sprinted back to the position only for the volleyball to hit her in the face.  "It was crazy, and it was so embarrassing because a l...

Q&A with varsity basketball captains: Nadia Charles, Ariel Heimanson

Q&A with varsity basketball captains: Nadia Charles, Ariel Heimanson

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2019

The varsity basketball team had its first game of the season on Nov. 19, playing against Vistamar High School at Park Century. The team won with the score of 30-21. The team consists of 12 players from ninth, tenth and eleventh grade. As their season takes off, the Oracle sat down with captains and juniors...

Getty fire impacts athletes’ practice, game schedules

Getty fire impacts athletes’ practice, game schedules

By Lizette Gonzalez, Rio Hundley, and Celeste Ramirez

November 14, 2019

Archer remained closed and in the evacuation zone from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31 due to the Getty fire. This impacted multiple sports teams' practice and game schedules. The Oracle sat down with the six sports teams that are still in their fall season to discuss how the players were affected. Varsity tennis  J...

‘You make sacrifices’: Athletes practice time-management, prioritization

‘You make sacrifices’: Athletes practice time-management, prioritization

By Chloe Fidler, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

Sophomore Naya Ben-Meir participates in classes, scrimmages on the tennis court and rides the bus from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. She describes her day as "active" as she manages everything from tests and papers to extracurriculars. Ben Meir is far from alone. 50% of Archer students are athletes who...

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