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Drake water polo season ends with a slam

Aler Giffin, Staff
December 21, 2019

The Drake water polo wraps up their memorable fall 2019 season. Both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams recently defeated Tamalpais High School in the Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) finals. Also, both teams made it to North Coast Section (NCS), where their seasons continued. 


The boys battled Tam in their MCAL final. The final score was 11-8 on November 2, resulting in an exciting...

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Volleyball finishes strong season

Jack Reuter, Sports Editor
December 19, 2019

After a nerve-wracking 2nd-round North Coast Section (NCS) game against Branson, the girls' varsity volleyball team was unfortunately defeated, finishing a strong season with a 4-3 league record and placing fifth at the Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) championship. 

Some season highlights include the exciting match against Terra Linda on Sept. 13 and 3-0 sweep against Novato later that month...

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Varsity football perseveres through tough season

December 14, 2019

After a hard-fought game against Redwood on November 2nd, Drake football ended a difficult season with 2-8 overall record. 

The most thrilling game so far was the Homecoming game against Terra Linda on Oct. 19th, which featured an 18 point comeback in the fourth quarter. The Pirates tied the game with three touchdowns, sending the match into overtime. A tense battle followed, with Terra Linda,...

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Drake Soccer season kicks off with exciting prospects

Adelina Merrell, Staff
December 13, 2019

After concluding tryouts Friday, November 15th, Drake varsity soccer is kicks off the season with strong seniors and new players ready to take the team to new heights. 


The boys’ team came in first in the league last winter, coming up short in the Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) semifinal against Terra Linda. Girls’ soccer, on the other hand, finished in fourth behind Tamalpais...

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Basketball season kicks off strong

Aler Giffin, Staff
December 9, 2019

As tryouts come to an end for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams of the 2019-2020 winter season, expectations are high for this new season. The tryouts ended strong, seeing as both varsity teams had good players that work well together, allowing the coaches to choose the best players and form a solid team. 


“Tryouts were hard because there were so many great girls trying...

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Player of the Week: Lola Palladini

Jack Reuter, Sports Editor
December 5, 2019

Lola Palladini is a senior on the girls’ tennis team, but she first picked up the racket back in the second grade. She competed in games from Urban High in San Francisco to Justin Sienna in Napa. Her favorite game of this season was playing doubles against Branson with Maya Thisner, but her all-time favorite was in sophomore year when she won the most matches as doubles pairing for the team. 


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Cross country races toward NCS

December 1, 2019

As the fall season wraps up, the Drake cross country teams sprint forward in their quest for postseason titles. After a successful Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) meet, they’re gearing up to face their next trial at North Coast Section (NCS) on Nov. 23.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the boys captured the MCAL pennant and the boys' team remains undefeated. 

When asked about her highlights of the...

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Windy conditions wreak havoc on Pumpkin Regatta

Will Burkhart, Staff
November 20, 2019

Out of 106 boats registered for Saturday’s “Great Pumpkin Race,” only 91 would finish all three sailboat races, proving the treacherous weather conditions of the San Francisco Bay.  

“Crazy breeze, gnarly conditions, fast and close racing, and some crazy roundups,” said Sean Mahoney, a crewmember on the competing boat Tartan 101 Storymaker.

Gary Clifford started the Great Pumpkin...

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Natalie Agnew, News Editor
November 11, 2019

The Drake's water polo teams’ championship-winning streaks continued on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Novato. Both teams defeated Tam in their MCAL (Marin County Athletic League) finals, securing the automatic bid into the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament.

The afternoon began with the boys facing off against Tamalpais High School. After losing to Tam in overtime the previous week and the extended power...

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Kelsey Riemer, Staff
November 11, 2019

The Drake junior varsity (JV) girls’ water polo team played a home game against Tam on October 24, where they were unfortunately defeated by Tam 6-10 after a courageous fight. 

Although the Drake girls didn’t win, they had a strong play.

“Jordan Loftin has been a pretty influential player throughout our season. She’s very strong in set and knows how to shoot from about every angle, it’s...

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Melissa Auchard, Staff
November 7, 2019

Charismatic, goofy, spirited: these are all words one could use to describe Rich Miller, head coach of girls’ cross country. 

After sweltering summer runs, Miller brings chilled watermelon for his girls. 

He enlightens the team with made-up or butchered words such as “broke-d-ed,” meaning broken or injured, or “booberflims,” meaning butterflies. 

Sometimes, he plays gothic choir...

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Mahaney takes the reins

Emily Cardwell, Staff
October 22, 2019

Jeff Mahaney, after coaching girls’ soccer for 30 years (five of which at Drake), is making the leap from coaching girls’ junior varsity (JV) to varsity this upcoming season. 

Growing up in St Louis, Missouri, Mahaney's love for soccer started at a young age.

 "St. Louis was like the soccer capital at the time. Kids were getting recruited to play in college, so I trained hard, seven days...

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