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Basketball season kicks off strong

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 ...

Player of the Week: Lola Palladini

Photo courtesy of Lola Palladini

Jack Reuter

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 ...

Cross country races toward NCS

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...

Windy conditions wreak havoc on Pumpkin Regatta

Windy conditions wreak havoc on Pumpkin Regatta

Will Burkhart

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, ...

Boys’ and Girls’ water polo successfully defend MCAL titles

Natalie Agnew

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 ...

Girls’ water polo battles Tam leading up to the playoffs 

Kelsey Riemer

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 playe...

Drake girls’ cross country: Miller enters year three with the team

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 inju...

Mahaney takes the reins

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...

Drake varsity volleyball gets fired up against Marin Catholic

Emily Cardwell, Staff

October 4, 2019

The smell of sweat and popcorn saturated the air of the well-overheated gym at Marin Catholic this past Thursday. Immediately following the loss of their junior varsity team, Drakes’ varsity volleyball girls leaped into action against MC. The team started strong, with Savannah Wandzilak as Labero, the ...

Drake girls’ cross country place second on home turf

Drake, Redwood, and SR prepare to start the race on Oct. 26, 2019.

Melissa Auchard, Staff

October 4, 2019

In a competitive cross country race between Drake, Redwood, and San Rafael last Thursday, Redwood girls took home the gold. Redwood’s girls beat Drake 17 to 43 and San Rafael 15 to 50. Drake girls achieved second, placing ahead of San Rafael 17 to 15. On Drake’s home course, Redwood ran a succ...

Field hockey swings into their second season

 Mia Lacey clears the ball against Lick-Wilmerding at Redhill 9/18

Natalie Agnew, Sports Editor

September 27, 2019

Second time’s the charm. Taking the pitch for their second inaugural season, Drake Varsity Field Hockey looks to improve after a trying first season. With the program still new, the team hopes to build on their finish last year and the experience of returning seniors. “Even with a ton of fr...

Girls’ varsity volleyball goes net to net against Novato

Charlotte Cosentino prepares to follow through on her impressive serve on Friday 9/20

Emily Cardwell, Staff

September 26, 2019

Drake High School was host to an exciting game this Friday night as the girls' varsity volleyball team showcased their well-fostered teamwork against Novato. The first set seemed to go by in a whirlwind, the crowd drawn in by the fluidity of the players. The girls immediately found their groove and ...