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November 8, 2013

Vikings and Warriors Share the Acorn

IHS and MSJ cross country teams race against each other, sing ‘Squirrel Song’ together, and more on an eventful senior night

By Jenny Lu

(Continued from page 1) Right after his race, senior Sanjeev Reddy said, “I’m pretty happy with the way I ran. I got a significant PR.” “We got top three against Mission for Varsity Boys, which is pretty cool because we’ve only lost one meet so far,” continued senior Krish Masand. “We’re second in the league right now.” Coach David Thomson was also proud of his runners. “Mission’s one of the toughest schools in the league, and we had a really good showing against a really tough team with a lot of really good individual performances,” said C\coach David Thomson, a former Irvington cross country runner himself. “And Varsity boys came ready to win today; they’re going for [a regular season] league championship next week. We got a lot of good work done today, and we have two more weeks of training.” The meets are not

just about the running; the Vikings gathered to prepare for the Squirrel Song, a long-standing IHS cross country tradition. This time, however, Irvington invited Mission’s team to participate as well, and the circle was a mix of blue and green as the two teams stood side by side; and before enacting the Squirrel Dance, Irvington senior Jason Amico led the two teams in a moment to commemorate the life of Jason Park. Senior Joshua Handjojo then led

the two teams in the Squirrel Song. “Jason Amico and I decided that with all respect to Jason Park, as he was a student of Mission San Jose freshmen and sophomore year and a close friend of ours, [the teams should] join together in a circle to give our brother a moment of silence and prayer,” said Handjojo. “It was so moving and touching to see that despite the rivalry between our schools, we can put aside the hostility to remember our lost friend.” Picture: Jenny Lu

Senior Pranav Shekar paces well and sets a new PR.

the statement, “And this is why I love Irvington’s team.” The team then celebrated Senior Night, with underclassmen presenting each senior with a poster, balloons, and a stuffed squirrel in honor of the Squirrel Song a tradition as well as a short speech. “I planned senior night. I got together some posters and balloons and just tried to make this meet special for the seniors and to appreciate and acknowledge them,” said sophomore Elizabeth Rickey. ¬“I’m just really proud of Irvington as a whole.” The seniors were all incredibly grateful; Pranav Shekar stated, “This team means so much to me. A special They’ve made Cross Counsense of try more than just a sport— s p o r t s m a n - they’ve made it a memory for ship and unity me and the rest of the seniors between the two to look back on.” schools was present at this meet, and Mission senior Daniel Zhu bid farewell with

Marching Band and Color Guard budgets Slashed

Over two hundred students spread out in the two underfunded programs By Simran Moza Irvington High School’s gymnastics team competed against Washington High School on Oct 2nd, 2013 at Washington’s gym. Since Irvington’s gymnasts usually practice at Washington, they were in familiar territory. The gymnastics competitions have four parts: balance beam, uneven bars, vault, and floor. Every competitor starts with a score of 10 and the judges deduct points based on the gymnast’s performance. Each player is scored by their individual performance and then these

Fall Sport Standings V: JV:

G. Tennis

B. Waterpolo Var: JV: G. Waterpolo Var: Var: JV: F:


G. Volleyball Var: JV: Var: JV: Var: JV:



points are totaled up for a final team score. Irvington’s JV team won with the score of 140.5 to 133.6, while the varsity team lost 67.5 to 73.4. “Our first meet was a little difficult for us since we all were still adjusting to our new coach” said varsity captain junior Kristen Kodama, “We put out a good effort and looking forward I want to make sure our team is more mentally prepared and is more focused on routines.” The junior varsity gymnasts were excited about their first win. “We did pretty good

for our first meet, especially JV [sic]”, said JV gymnast senior Danielle Dong, “We can only improve from here.” Gymnasts face many obstacles in trying to master this difficult sport. “As a team, we need to get over our fear and just get out there and perform our best,” said JV gymnast senior Alicia Ruiz, “The hardest part to remember is that gymnastics is not only about strength but also about grace. You need a proper balance of both to succeed.”

Photo: Darrel Chiou

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