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San Francisco Ice Theatre has advanced to compete at Nations’ Cup twice during my time on the team. My freshman year, I missed an entire week of school to travel to Épinal, France, where the competition was held. Photo courtesy of Ken Chan.

What Is Figure Skating Like During COVID-19?

Charlotte Palmer, Staff Writer
April 12, 2021

I used to wake up at 5:30 a.m. six to seven days a week to figure skate. I travelled between four rinks (located in Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco...

Junior Sergio Beltran completes a throw from the pocket in the season opener against Hillsdale High School. Menlo football recently won their second game against Aragon High School to move to a record of 2-0. Photo courtesy of Pam Tso McKenney.

Menlo Football Takes a Convincing Win over Aragon High School

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
April 1, 2021

The Menlo varsity football team beat Aragon High School on March 27, steamrolling the Dons with a final score of 40-14. The Knights scored 26 of their...

Menlo's varsity football team began practice in January with masks on and no helmets or pads, before receiving equipment in later February. Photo courtesy of Pam Tso McKenney.

Football Begins Practices and Games With COVID-19 Guidelines

Adam Karr, Staff Writer
March 25, 2021

When one thinks of social distancing, football likely does not come to mind. Dozens of players on top of each other may seem like a recipe for disaster...

Junior Max Saito flies through the air on his skis. “I go pretty big; I’ve jumped off 50 foot cliffs.” Photo courtesy of Max Saito.

Top Picks From Print: Some Sports Have No Varsity Season

Danielle McNair, Staff Writer
March 20, 2021

The Menlo Athletics Department is made up of 18 varsity girls and boys teams, yet some athletes in the school community take it one step further than the...

Freshman Stella Buch practices volleyball with social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Stella Buch.

Menlo Student Sues San Mateo County, State of California Over Indoor Sports Ban

Erica Fenyo, Staff Writer
March 12, 2021

The family of freshman Stella Buch sued San Mateo County and the State of California on Feb. 26 regarding the state’s continuing COVID-19 related ban...

March Madness 2021 is approaching; the annual college basketball tournament was canceled as a result of the pandemic last year. The tournament has altered some of its rules this year to accommodate safety measures. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

March Madness is Back After One-Year Hiatus

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
March 11, 2021

March 12, 2020 marked the beginning of many shelter-in-place orders across the U.S. But for college basketball fans, March 12 became particularly devastating...

The Menlo girls basketball team competes in early 2020. As a result of a recent lawsuit by high school students in San Diego, California is reopening many indoor high school sports. Photo courtesy of Doug Peck.

California Reopens More Indoor Sports in Response to Lawsuit

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
March 4, 2021

Note: This page will continue to be updated with details as this story develops. --------- A legal settlement against the State of California will lift...

During the pandemic, chess has experienced a rise in popularity. The recent Netflix show

Top Picks From Print: As “The Queen’s Gambit” Captures Viewers, Chess Makes a Comeback During the Pandemic

Madison Liu, Staff Writer
February 19, 2021

Note: This story originally appeared in the 47.3 print edition of The Coat of Arms in February 2021. --------- Although chess has long been a popular...

Menlo tennis coach Bill Shine coaches members of the varsity girls tennis team in between matches at the Stanford Invitational in 2019. Photo courtesy of Leon Yao.

Tennis Coach Bill Shine Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

Danielle McNair, Staff Writer
February 13, 2021

Varsity boys and girls tennis coach Bill Shine began coaching the Menlo tennis programs in 1996. Since then, Shine has led the Knights to 25 Central Coast...

The Menlo Wellness program provides educational sessions for student athletes, families and other Menlo community members about physical and mental health. Staff photo: Danielle McNair.

New Menlo Program Focuses on Athlete Wellness

Danielle McNair, Staff Writer
November 4, 2020

Head Athletic Trainer Aubrey Fennell and Assistant Athletic Trainer Stephanie Swan worked with Director of Sports Performance and Wellness Jesse Lindenstein,...

The coronavirus pandemic has affected athletic recruitment processes for numerous Menlo students, including senior Avery Lee. Lee committed to play basketball at Yale University this past spring. Photo courtesy of Avery Lee.

Getting Recruited to Play Collegiate Sports is Hard, But COVID-19 is Making It Even Harder

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
October 12, 2020

COVID-19 has created an unpredictable situation for student athletes trying to get recruited to play at the collegiate level. Menlo coaches and players...

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