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The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

Chase Hurwitz

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 4

Favorite aspect of journalism: My favorite journalism moments happen when I'm interviewing someone, and all of a sudden, they say something completely random and crazy. In those moments, you have to think on your feet and dig into a topic you didn't anticipate discussing.

Interests outside of school: baseball, chess, weightlifting, reading, surfing, hiking,

Class of 2022

All content by Chase Hurwitz
Spread from 48.5 Print covered technology usage at Menlo. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang

From 48.5 Print: “Are You Using Tech or is Tech Using You?” Menlo Faces the Addictive Nature of Technology

Lizzie Freehill and Chase Hurwitz
May 22, 2022

“Humans make the mistake of thinking that because we have a brain, we understand how the brain works. Social media, smartphones, etc. are subtly hijacking...

Senior Tessa Tomkinson competes for NorCal womens varsity crew. She will crew for Brown University next year. Photo courtesy of Tessa Tomkinson.

Crew Unto Others as You Would Have Them Crew Unto You: Tracing Rower Tessa Tomkinson’s Routine, Accomplishments and Relationships Through her Crew Career

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
April 21, 2022

Early bird gets the worm Before Menlo students are fighting for parking spots, before their morning Coffee Bar runs and before they even wake up, senior...

The team celebrates together after the win. The Knights defeated SHP 3-0. Staff Photo: Lexi Friesel.

Menlo Boys Soccer Defeats SHP 3-0

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
February 7, 2022

Heading into Friday’s game, Sacred Heart Prep’s boys varsity soccer team sat in first place of the West Bay Athletic League with a league record of...

As Espinosa headed in the game-tying goal, she split her lip against the head of an SHP defender. “Immediately, I was worried about my teeth. But everyone said ‘no, no you have all your teeth,’ so I just spit out blood and then went back in the game,” Espinosa said. Staff Photo: Sophia Artandi.

A Bloody Battle: Menlo Girls Varsity Soccer Ties SHP 1-1

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
February 4, 2022

The Menlo varsity girls soccer team entered their game against Sacred Heart Prep on Feb. 3, hoping to redeem the varsity boys basketball team who lost...

Senior Daniel Solomon dribbles past a defender. Solomon finished the game with 11 points. Staff Photo: Lexi Friesel.

Menlo Varsity Boys Basketball Overpowered by Sacred Heart Prep

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
February 2, 2022

The ongoing Menlo vs Sacred Heart Prep rivalry continued this week with the varsity boys basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Being the first Menlo vs SHP...

Nejad shoots a free throw in a game against the Sacred Heart School varsity girls basketball team. The senior captain has been on the varsity team all four years of high school and is now committed to play Division III basketball at Pomona College. Photo courtesy of Sharon Nejad.

A Volleyball Star and Basketball Captain, Sharon Nejad Is a Leader on and off the Court

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
January 4, 2022

Sharon Nejad is a leader. She’s the senior class president, a star volleyball player on the Menlo varsity team and the captain of Menlo varsity girls...

According to Smith, Yagen is a natural fit on the team because of his work ethic. “He embraced everything right away. It was new to him, and he dove in head-first,” Smith said. “He didnt question anything. I think he realized he didnt have time to. He just had to trust. The first thing we talk about in the program is respect, and that’s how you earn respect.” Photos courtesy of Andrew Yagen.

First-time Football: Senior Andrew Yagen’s Unique Experience Joining the Varsity Football Team as a Senior

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
December 12, 2021

Introducing Andrew “I can barely imagine having not played football. I’m such a different person because of it. [...] It was one of the best decisions...

Senior Hanna Hoffman serves in a neck-and-neck first set. The Knights lost the first set 30-28. Staff image: Chase Hurwitz.

Menlo Varsity Volleyball Team Loses to Archbishop Mitty in CCS Open Division Championship, Claims Second Place

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
November 9, 2021

On Nov. 6, only hours after Menlo defeated Sacred Heart Prep (SHP) in the annual Valpo Bowl football game, Archbishop Mitty High School defeated the Menlo...

Menlo junior and senior spectators pose with members of the girls varsity volleyball team after they defeated Sacred Heart. With the win, the Knights secured a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division championship for the first time since 2018. Photo courtesy of Kristina Israelski.

Menlo Girls Varsity Volleyball Team Defeats Sacred Heart 3-2 in a Fairytale-Esque Comeback

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
October 29, 2021

“In seven years of attending Menlo Athletics events, this was one of the best Menlo games I’ve ever watched,” Sea of Gold Captain Mick Tamas said.  In...

Menlo seniors, pictured left to right, Gregory Hilderbrand, Daniel Solomon and Henry Kearnan watch the first varsity football game of the season from the bleachers. Staff Photo: Alexa Friesel.

Menlo Football and Maybe a Normal Life are Back, Knights Win Their First Game of the Season

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
August 30, 2021

With the weather at 91 degrees, students and parents packing the stands and just the slight scent of smoke in the air, Menlo seemed almost back to...

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...

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...

Knight Hour is a weekly broadcast by The Coat of Arms covering Menlo news and announcements. This week, hosts Valentina Ross and Lauren Lawson are featuring three CoA stories, including one about the recent Knight Games between athletics pods, as well as several announcements about upcoming events. Staff photo: Chase Hurwitz.

[Photo] Video: Knight Hour – November 16, 2020

The Coat of Arms Staff
November 16, 2020

Knight Hour is a weekly broadcast by The Coat of Arms covering Menlo news and announcements. This week, hosts Valentina Ross and Lauren Lawson are featuring...

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...

After 44 years of teaching at Menlo, Upper School math and computer science teacher Michael Thibodeaux is retiring. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Looking Back on Math and Computer Science Teacher Michael Thibodeaux’s 44-year Career at Menlo

Chase Hurwitz, Sports Editor
May 29, 2020

“I usually have a pointed way of saying it, but I think that every class, if it’s been successful, should give you another sense, another way of looking...

At the first assembly, student council passed out wristbands with the three Ps written on it. Students are encouraged to wear them to keep these values in mind. Staff Photo: Chase Hurwitz.

The Three P’s: A Helpful Addition or a Waste of Time?

Chase Hurwitz, Assistant Opinions Editor
September 16, 2019

Presence, purpose, perspective, and a free wrist-band. That, in my book, is a quality assembly. Student council has unveiled the Three P’s to try to...

Kitt (right) studied in the Soviet Union during a time of drastic change in 1989. Kitt experienced riots and protests while in Russia, but was also met with unparalleled kindness and hospitality.

Menlo Teachers Recount Their Experiences Living in Foreign Countries

Chase Hurwitz, Assistant Opinions Editor
May 23, 2019

“By far the most burned-into-my-memory image is the day I was dropped off in this tiny little town. And it's the image of me looking down a long gravel...

Netflix logo. Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph originally as an online DVD rental service. Screenshot from Netflix.

Armed With Original Movies: Could Netflix Put Theaters out of Business?

Chase Hurwitz, Staff Writer
February 4, 2019

With over 137 million users across 190 countries, it is hard to ignore the impact Netflix is having on the way we get our entertainment. Becoming a...

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