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

English teacher Wendy Deming joins the middle school swim team for their pre-meet breathing circle.

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’

On Sept. 30, the junior varsity volleyball team played against Windward School. They won in a close game of 2-1.

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

Junior Ariel Heimanson attempts a shot in the first varsity basketball game of the season against Vistamar School on Nov. 19. The team won with the score of 30-21.

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

Athletes, including sophomores Naya Ben-Meir and Vaughan Anoa'i and eighth grader Julissa Cach practice their sports. Varsity Tennis, Varsity and Middle School Volleyball, Cross Country and Middle School Swim were all affected by the Getty fire, which left many students evacuated from October 28 to October 31. Photos courtesy of Archer Athletics. Photo editing by Rio Hundley

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

Sophomore varsity tennis player Naya Ben-Meir puts her tennis bag above the lockers at the start of school day. Ben-Meir has been on the varsity tennis team since her freshman year.

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...

Practice makes perfect: JV tennis experiences ‘growth’ throughout season

The JV tennis team is comprised of six freshman and sophomores. The team played in more matches than last year, which  allowed them to 'improve' both individually and as a team.

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

November 3, 2019

The JV Tennis team members kicked off their season on on Sept. 5 with a match against Crossroads, which they won 18-0 and left feeling "excited" about more opportunities to play this year. Now, at the end of their season, having won six out of their eight matches, the seven freshman and sophomores h...

Q&A with varsity cross country captain: Sophie Larbalestier

The varsity cross country team, including senior Sophie Larbalestier, runs during an on campus practice. Larbalestier has been running cross country since the tenth grade and is team captain this year.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Vaughan Anoa'i, and Celeste Ramirez

October 24, 2019

Senior Sophie Larbalestier is in the middle of college admissions season, but she's also in the middle of cross country season. The varsity cross country team has had seven meets so far and are currently in the second place of the Liberty League. At their last meet on Oct. 4, sophomore Lauren Robson...

Q&A with MS Volleyball captains: Chloe Chu, Gemma Larbalestier, Callie Wicklander, Juliette Hoeber

The purple volleyball team, led by sixth grader Juliette Hoeber and seventh grader Callie Wicklander, gathers in a huddle on Archer's Sport Court. The team is composed mainly of new Archer students, and a sense of unity was a main goal for both Hoeber and Wicklander.

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

October 24, 2019

This season, 27 middle schoolers tried out for the volleyball team. Since only 6 players can be on the court at a time, the sheer number of prospective team members prompted the athletics department to create two middle school teams. The purple team is made up exclusively of the class of 2024 and...

Q&A with varsity volleyball player Bella Morgan

Bella Morgan prepares to serve in a game against Crossroads in September 2018. On top of playing volleyball since the age of 9, Morgan makes ceramics in her free time. Photo courtesy of Marlee Rice.

By Lola Lamberg, News and Features Editor

September 27, 2019

Varsity volleyball has played ten games so far this season, losing only two despite having moved up to CIF-SS Division 5. The Oracle sat down with the varsity volleyball team's libero, defensive specialist and outside hitter, junior Bella Morgan, to discuss her experience playing a varsity sport in high...

The ball is in our court: Coaches, students celebrate return of field, sport court

After a year of construction, the Archer community now has a new Sport Court and Field. The Sport Court is now larger, and can accommodate more sports and activities.

By Nicki Rosenberg and Rio Hundley

September 18, 2019

The end of the summer brought new classes, faces and schedules to every Archer student. However, the beginning of the school year also introduced a new home for athletics: a new and improved sport court and field. "I think [the sport court and field are] great in the sense that they brought back community,"...

Middle school ‘tennis family’ ends successful season

Members of the middle school tennis team lean against the wall waiting to play their next match. Both playing groups, green team and purple team, made it to playoffs for the first time in Archer history.

By Chloe Richards, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

The middle school tennis team had a record-breaking season, with both the purple and green teams making it to the playoffs for the first time ever. The purple team ended in third place in the league, while the green team ended in sixth place. The season ended on April 26, followed by the team playoffs,...

Track and field sprints to first-place finish in league championship

Gianna Parks, Hailey Adams, Starr Brown and Nia Mosby smile after winning the 4x100 relay at their last league meet of the season. Mosby said that the group had just gotten one of their best times.

By Ella Frey, News & Features Editor

May 30, 2019

The first Olympic Games began approximately in 776 B.C. and included a variety of athletic events like track and field and wrestling. During the festival, athletes participated in track events, including the stade race, field events and long distance runs. Today, Archer has its own varsity track...

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