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ON PACE FOR AN ACE: Senior Paula Zhang concentrates intensely on creating a fluid motion for her serve in the CIF Quarterfinals.

First CIF win for NHS girls tennis in school history!

Eugenie Chang and Jonathan Kang
December 14, 2022

Despite a series of intense matches, Northwood’s varsity girls tennis team persevered and won its first CIF-SS Division III Championship in school history on Nov. 11.  The team finished off their...

A PHOTO IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: Alexei Tolkachev transforms moments into tangible memories through photography. (Tyler Truong)

Flash! Alexei Tolkachev, one in a million (shot)

Shreya Aithal, Staff Writer
December 9, 2022

The roar of the student section, cheerleaders announcing the score, the bustle of players as they celebrate a win: These are Friday night staples for sports photographer Alexei Tolkachev as he captures...

COUNT THE PINS: Senior Aiden Tak holds his opponent during a match at the Lancer Open.

For the Fall: Northwood wrestling leaves it all on the mat

Megha Kishore, Staff Writer
December 9, 2022

Two players dodge one another, circling amidst the tense air, anxious to see who’s going to slip or step off the mat first. In an instant, one pounces on the other, the crowd roars and a winner is declared....

LAST DANCE: These four seniors enjoy their final year with the team as Northwood girls volleyball heads into CIF for victory.

SENIOR SPEAK: Girls volleyball on their last season

Rachel Yokota, Sports Editor
October 31, 2022

“At Northwood, I've played lacrosse for three years and I've also played soccer, flag football, tennis, basketball, softball and there's probably more that I’m just not thinking of. But I chose to...

PREPARATION GOES A LONG WAY: Athletic trainer Andy Sepulveda tapes up a football senior’s ankle for his game against Laguna Hills High School.

‘We Want Andy!’: Athletic trainer Andy Sepulveda

Jaycee Hendrickson, Staff Writer
October 31, 2022

Andy Sepulveda. If the name rings a bell, it’s likely because almost every athlete at Northwood has either visited her office or knows a teammate that has. Or, they’ve heard the “We want Andy!”...

REFUSE TO LOSE: Sophomore Keerthana Venkateswaran passes a football with freshman Yasmine Anan before tennis practice.

CIF Southern Section opens doors for girls flag football

Olivia Cai, Staff Writer
October 31, 2022

The CIF Southern Section passed a proposal allowing girls flag football to become a sanctioned sport on Sept. 29. The proposal will be voted for approval at a council meeting in February and if approved,...

A basic guide to CIF terminology

A basic guide to CIF terminology

Shreya Aithal, Staff Writer
October 31, 2022

The California Interscholastic Federation is an essential part of any high school athlete’s season. While most hear the terms used casually by athletes, CIF terminology can be confusing to athletes and...

ALL EYES ON ME: Student-athletes often feel the pressure of living up to expectations set forth by parents, coaches and even teammates.

How the Fear of Failure Impacts Athletes

Jaycee Hendrickson, Staff Writer
October 18, 2022

The fear of failure is often recognized in topics of academic settings: taking tests, applying to colleges, job interviews, etc. Often left in the dust, however, is the impact of this phenomena on sports,...

TACKLING THE GAME: Northwood’s frosh and JV players watch their varsity team sweep Valley View High School during the Homecoming game.

Behind the Scenes of Northwood’s football team

Jaycee Hendrickson, Staff Writer
September 26, 2022

From the booming crowds of Portola Stadium, a sea of students cheer as Northwood’s football team opens the 2022 season with a decisive victory against Woodbridge High School. What you see from the stands,...

Why no football?

Isabella Torrales, Graphic Artist
September 26, 2022

GO THE DISTANCE: Junior Kenny Kamikawa weaves through the competition during the JV boys race  at the Saddleback Cup Challenge.

Cross Country: How they get their start

Ally Venezia, Staff Writer
September 26, 2022

On your marks. Set. Go. The 2022-23 Northwood boys and girls cross country team has begun their season with a bang. To highlight the start of their season, Northwood raced against Segerstrom High School...

Student Speak: Why Your Sport?

Student Speak: Why Your Sport?

Rachel Yokota, Sports Editor
September 26, 2022

I started soccer because it was really interesting to watch. My dad would show me games all the time and I liked watching it. I also played FIFA a lot, so I was like, I’ll play soccer. I started...

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