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Former Venice Olympic athlete inducted into L.A. City Section Hall of Fame

Josiah Destin, Reporter

May 14

Filed under Sports

Legendary coaches, champion athletes and generous contributors poured into the Culver City Doubletree Hotel on Sunday April 26 for the third bi-annual LA City Section Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Among the 60 inductees who all attended LAUSD high schools was one from Venice High School, swimmer James “Wally” O’Connor. O’Connor passed away at the age of 47 in 1950, but Venice High Assistant Principal Rene Maza was glad to be his representative. O’Connor was honored at the event in front of a crowd of approximately 300 people. A short summary of all his incredible achievements was announced by Mr. Maza,...

Wheelchair Basketball comes to Venice

Wheelchair Basketball comes to Venice

May 14

  The Long Beach Flying Wheels wheelchair basketball team came to Venice High on April 15. They spoke to gym classes about their organization and gave students a chance to try wheelchair basketball. The Long Beach Flying Wheels is a non-profit organization that gives paralyzed veterans a chance to play competitive basketball. One member of the team is Angela Madsen who is also part of...

Heat of the L.A. Marathon weakens runners

Heat of the L.A. Marathon weakens runners

April 20

On Sunday March 15, I ran the 30th Annual Los Angeles Marathon with the Venice Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) team along with thousands of other runners. The runners braced the record-breaking heat to run 26.2 miles from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. All marathons are 26.2 miles. Most people are probably wondering why on Earth I have put my body through this torture for the past five...

Baseball is ready for its season

Baseball is ready for its season

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

April 2

Filed under Sports

The previous year, the Gondos had a 13-19 record overall for the season. Since the beginning of the school year the baseball team has been practicing non-stop to improve their skills. Now rolling around to spring, they have their eyes set on winning the league. When asked about the team this season, Coach Kevin Brockway stated “ the team looks good, they have a huge desire to be successful.” The...

Baseball is Ready for its Season

Baseball is Ready for its Season

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

March 6

Filed under Sports

Venice High’s baseball team is scheduled to have their first home game on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. The previous year, the Gondos had a 13-19 record overall for the season. Since the beginning of the school year the baseball team has been practicing non-stop to improve their skills. Now rolling around to spring, they have their eyes set on winning the league. When asked about the team this season,...

Paul Luevano top city runner

Paul Luevano top city runner

Samantha Alanis, Reporter

March 6

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Junior Paul Luevano has been running for the cross country and the track and field teams for the past three years. He is the fastest runner in the city. His record for track and field in the two-mile run is 9:32.98 minutes. In cross country his record for 3 miles is 15:01.55 minutes. He holds the city championship title for cross country and track and field. “I usually practice each day, I do...

Boys Soccer Team Eager for Upcoming Game

Jacob Jimenez, Asst. Entertainment Editor

December 15

Filed under Sports

With tryouts just ending for varsity and junior varsity boy's soccer, players are now practicing for the upcoming season. Last season they finished with a record of 14 wins and 15 losses with ex-coach Carlos Cabrera. This year they have a new coach Javier Aké, with a different type of methods.  Their season will start next semester, but for now, varsity will be playing two pregames to practice. Varsity played its first pregame on Dec. 3 against Carson at Venice’ s Watson Field, but it got cancelled due to rain. Varsity also played another pregame against Banning on Dec. 5 with a score of 7 (banning)- 0 (Ven...

Girls volleyball knocked out of playoffs

Joseph Medina, Assistant sports editor

December 15

Filed under Sports

The girls varsity volleyball team recently ended their season with a devastating loss against Eagle Rock in the second round of playoffs on Nov. 13. The final sets of the game was 3-2. “We played really strong ‘til the end. During the middle we let our guard down. Towards the end we picked it up, but by the time we did, it was a little too late.” said team captain Kara Rose. In the first round of playoffs, Venice won against Wilson with a score of 3-1. In the third set of the game the girls dominated Wilson, ending the third set with the score of 25-8. It was an easy win for the Gondos. Venice’s...

Hard Work Pays Off For Boys Cross Country

Hard Work Pays Off For Boys Cross Country

December 11

After a hard season, the cross-country team reached the finals. Venice High varsity boys came in second place after Palisades in the Western League Finals, and varsity girls came in third place. Junior varsity boys are the league champions and junior varsity girls finished in fourth place. Venice qualified for City Finals which took place on Nov. 22, and the students that ran were senior captain...

Venice football takes early exit from playoffs

Venice football takes early exit from playoffs

December 9

After Venice football ended their 43 game league win streak and handed Hamilton the Western League championship, the Gondos still managed to make the playoffs with a 3-2 league record and a 4-6 record overall. In the first round of playoffs, the Gondos faced last year's LA City Section champion, Crenshaw High School on Nov. 14. Senior Bryant Degrate hoped to limit mental mistakes and execute...

Football Team Loses Homecoming Game and Loses in the First Round of Playoffs

Almond McKinley & Ja'Niece Calhoun

December 8

Filed under Sports

On Nov. 4, the Venice High varsity football team lost their homecoming game to Palisades. The team lost 14 to 7 after a 15-year winning streak against Palisades. Most people at the well-attended game expected Venice to win. Palisades pulled ahead in the third quarter. “I feel like we played fair and we lost with dignity,” said junior Nancy Lopez, “but we took an L.” According to Coach Angelo Gasca, the game went left when the offense was constantly stopped by Palisades’ defense. “Offensively we could never get a rhythm going so when it came to the ending of the game when we needed to make a play, we...

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