The Stampede

FINA President Husain Al-Musallam addresses the FINA Extraordinary General Congress regarding the ban on transgender athletes competing in womens events.

FINA bans transgender athletes from competing in women’s events

Edi Zhang, Feature Editor June 20, 2022

Behind the electrifying races in the ongoing 2022 FINA World Championships, a decision has been made regarding eligibility of transgender athletes competing in women's sports. This decision has been highly...

Demar Derozen of the Toronto Raptors dunks over teammate Sony Weems during the 2010 Dunk Contest in Dallas. Now, when players perform dunks like this, the crowd has little reaction.

The dunk disaster?

Devin Blish April 13, 2022

From Vince Carter’s signature elbow dunk, to Zach Lavine and Aaron Gordon’s iconic duel, and Michael Jordan’s legendary free throw line dunk, the dunk contest has been one of the most anticipated...

Lia Thomas gets ready to race at the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Womens Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas, a transgender woman, blew away her competition in the 500-yard freestyle.

Lia Thomas: a step away from fair competition

Edi Zhang, Feature Editor March 25, 2022

  In the recent NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships, Lia Thomas created a storm of controversy over transgender women athletes after winning the 500-yard freestyle.       Thomas,...

A victorious Novak Djokovic hoists the 2021 Australian Open mens singles championship trophy. This was his ninth win at the tournament, one year before he was barred from returning to defend this title.

Vaccine Mandates in Sports: Let or Fault?

Brooklyn Weber February 19, 2022

Often the controversies that occur in the world we live in are mirrored in the sports world. While the topic of COVID vaccine mandates has without a doubt been debated at millions of dinner tables throughout...

An illustration by Pascal Kirchmair depicts what is truly occuring in Qatar today. While the country is preparing to host one of the world’s most popular sporting events, the horrors that are present in the country are being completely overlooked.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar: A Major Controversy

Devin Blish and Matthew Fehr February 19, 2022

The World Cup, known as the biggest soccer tournament in the world, has seen over a billion fans observing from all over the world in years past. Every four years, hopeful fans worldwide tune in to see...

Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel wearing the Speedo LZR Pure Intent fast-suit at the summer Tokyo Olympic Games. This is a popular racing suit at both the amateur and competitive level.

Bringing back real competition

Edi Zhang February 19, 2022

Athletes have never given up on trying to gain an edge over their competition. From composite alloy baseball bats to sharkskin-inspired swimsuits, sports are constantly evolving as a result of advances...

The Yankees and Red Sox lineup for the National Anthem before the American League Wild Card game. The Red Sox would later win 6-2 to advance to the division series.

Party like it’s 1995

Devin Blish December 13, 2021

When you think of the word “playoff”, your mind gravitates towards packed stadiums, upbeat atmospheres, and the pinnacle of the baseball season. However, during last year’s COVID season, this mental...

The Monte Vista women’s tennis team is playing at home against California High School. Before they played, the team cheered to get pumped up for the game.

The other side of sports

Nia Coleman December 13, 2021

Mental health is something that many athletes go through daily, but not many feel as if they can talk about their mental health.       Home, school, and even work can all affect one’s mental...

Senior Ava Mark works to strengthen her knee after her lacrosse injury. She attends high intensity physical therapy six out of seven days a week.

Leaving a Mark

Julia Cotton , Nikki Esmaili December 13, 2021

A Monte Vista athlete commits to play lacrosse at Long Island University (LIU), just months after thinking an injury would halt her chances of ever stepping foot on the field again.       Growing...

A Phoenix Suns fan makes his opinion heard with a bold sign protesting politics in sports. The motive behind the sign stems from the teams decision to wear Los Suns jerseys years ago.

Follow up: Politics still in sports

Brooklyn Weber December 13, 2021

A year ago, I contributed to a story highlighting the rising political atmosphere in the sports world. The article documented the hypocrisy surrounding the debate for politics in sports, focusing on Black...

Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player, playing for the Chicago Bulls. He is the highest earning athlete, with 2.62 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation).

Are Athletes Overpaid?

Aarushi Khurana December 13, 2021

     Athletes possess exceptional skills and talent that others don’t have, and generally they are greatly rewarded for having these talents. Yet many argue that they are being paid too much, and...

Monte Vista High School and San Ramon Valley High School Junior Varsity teams introduce their line-ups to one another before their match.

Baby Got Backhand

Esther Premazzi and Angelina Izmaylova October 29, 2021

    After many months of repeating the same YouTube workout videos or simply laying in bed all day, many discovered the beauty of the tennis court as an escape from the dull realities of quarantine.       During...

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