While almost everyone has been impacted by the continued spread of the current worldwide pandemic, most students have not faced such uncertainties as our Trojan Athletes have. As soon as the COVID-19 virus began to take an international stage, forcing school closures and questions about the best method to defeat the virus, it became clear that athletics would be severely impacted.
It has been a long-standing tradition of college sports that college athletes should not be paid. For decades, college athletes, school officials, and the public have questioned the existing system of student-athlete endorsements and salaries. California Governor Gavin Newsom officially challenged this standard in September by signing a bill that allows college players to sign endorsement deals.
Life in the United States was completely altered when the coronavirus pandemic first hit. As schools and businesses closed, the country came close to a complete shutdown. The world of professional sports had to go to a full stop as well. On March 11th, 2020, the National Basketball Association (NBA) came to an abrupt halt in the middle of their season because of the ongoing pandemic.
Junior Jane Lee was selected as the girls’ October Athlete of the Month for her role on the girls' tennis team. Lee was a Varsity singles starter last year on a team that went undefeated throughout the regular season, made the CIF-SS Finals, and won the SoCal Regionals. Individually, she was recruited to the All-Orange County girls tennis team as a freshman, and later as a sophomore got ranked 75th in the nation and 20th in California among her class.
By ANDREW KE Staff Writer
Senior Collette Lowengrub was named ASB’s Female Athlete of the Month for September for her excellence on the track as a member of the cross country (XC) team. Lowengrub has been the top distance runner on UHS’s teams since her freshman year.
By KYLASH CHETTIAR Staff Writer
Noah Scherson, a junior wide receiver on Varsity football, was selected to be the August Athlete of the Month. “I would describe Noah as a teammate who is selfless, he puts the goals of the team and program above his own” said junior Ziyad Merchant. “He sets ambitious goals and achieves them.”
By AMITIS TAJALLAEI Staff Writer
In this day and age, a whole new world of competitive and organized gameplay has made its way to the sports community. Esports, as a form of sports competition, incorporates video games for competitive gameplay. Like all other traditional athletes, players seek to improve their skills and strategize their playing styles against others. In recent years, this sport form has become increasingly popular.
By AMITIS TAJALLAEI Staff Writer With the sociopolitical turmoil of our country and widespread protest over racism and police violence, the new National Football League (NFL) season starts against a backdrop of extensive protests from other major sporting leagues and controversy over the NFL’s history of punishing players for bringing politics to the field. However, NFL players and the organization made a statement on the night of the season opener that they are in full support of pursuing racial justice and they will continue to shine a light on police brutality against African Americans throughout this football season.
Ashley Wallin was selected as the August Athlete of the Month through her hard work and determination on the Girls’ Water Polo team. Wallin was one of just three freshmen on the team last season, but she was respected as a player because of her diligence and effort in the pool. She is a utility player, thus is a protean player capable of playing offense and defense at a high level.
By Amitis Tajallaei Staff Writer Trojan athletes across different grades have been training mentally and physically during the postponed fall season. For the 2020-2021 school year, CIF-SS decided to condense three seasons of sports into two seasons, a fall season and a spring season. With the Coronavirus pandemic and distance learning in full effect, training...