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‘Spirited’, ‘enthusiastic’ middle school soccer team worked on teamwork and goals during their season

The middle school soccer team plays a game against Crossroads on Jan. 14. The game took place on campus and the team lost.

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On the first day of middle school soccer practice, some players had a hard time just kicking the ball, co-captain Elana Mayne ('24) said. By the end of January, the team held a 1-7 overall record in the Pacific Basin League. On Jan. 30, the team lost to  Geffen Academy with a score of 0-6. For these...

Q&A with varsity soccer captains: Sophie Larbalestier, Stella Chuck

Captain Riley Adams gives a half time pep talk during the Archer varsity soccer game against Oakwood hosted at Santa Monica College. Archer beat Oakwood 7-0.

By Chloe Fidler and Grace Doyle

February 10, 2020

Comprised of 22 players, the Archer varsity soccer team has embarked on their 2019-20 season with a new regulation home field at Archer. With a 6-0 undefeated league record under their belt, captains Sophie Larbalestier, Stella Chuck and Riley Adams continue to lead the team. The Oracle sat down with ...

Commentary: ‘Mamba Mentality’ — Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles legacy

A screen across the street from the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26 paid tribute to NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant, along with his 13 year old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash.

By Molly Goldberg, Culture Editor

February 7, 2020

It is difficult to articulate how much Kobe meant to people who grew up in Los Angeles. For 20 years he was on the television screens in living rooms and the posters in bedrooms. We watched him grow up. This city’s unrelenting approach to sports grew with him and ultimately became him. Kobe Bryant...

Op-Ed: ‘Rich sports’ withhold opportunities from lower class students

During the Ashland High School's senior night, one player high fives her teammates. Sports teach its athletes valuable lessons about teamwork. Some kids are unable to participate in sports because of the financial burden of competitive sports.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2020

When I picked volleyball as my sport, I knew I wanted to be on a top team. In 2014, I joined Actyve Volleyball club. Ever since then, I have had access to the best coaches, best facilities and best opportunities in the area. We compete multiple times month in local tournaments and travel across the coun...

Q&A with middle school basketball captains: Kate Beckerman, Eden Oje

Captain Eden Oje ('25) dribbles the basketball toward the hoop during the match against Westside Neighborhood School on December 16, 2019. Archer lost the match with a score of 14-21.

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2020

It is 3:30 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of November. The middle school basketball team has just started stretching and taking practice shots. This is one of the team's first practices to prepare for the nine games they have this season. The team is comprised of three sixth graders, seven...

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

The Archer panther performs at the pep rally held in dining hall. The pep rally was held Nov. 20 for all fall sport athletes.

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

As Archer's soccer team begin their season, they have the opportunity to play games at home due to the new regulation size 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

Senior Andrea Campos-Ralston signs her National Letter of Intent to play Division I volleyball at Villanova University. In order to earn this opportunity, Campos said she had to make sacrifices but believes volleyball has helped her learn how to be a leader. She is

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

Sophomore Naya Ben-Meir serves a ball at Rancho Park against Marymount High School's tennis team.

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’

The varsity volleyball team celebrates sophomore Vaughan Anoa'i's kill.

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

The varsity cross country runners take their marks at the league final meet. The runners collectively came in second place and beat their league rival, Pacifica Christian school. Throughout the season, every member of the team set a personal record.

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

Head Coach Stephanie Ferri advises the Middle School swimmers. The swim team was undefeated this season. Photo courtesy of Archer Athletics' Instagram.

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 ...

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