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The Viking Vanguard

The student news site of Puyallup High School

The Viking Vanguard

The student news site of Puyallup High School

The Viking Vanguard

Player Profile: Praline Werner

Margo Hermann, Digital Media Editor // Published January 28, 2023
Senior Praline Werner has found success in wrestling, captaining her team and competing at state.  

Senior Athletes College Bound

Grant Huson, Co-Features Editor // Published January 28, 2023
For these three seniors, the answer is clear. Dane Parker, Sophia Sheppard and Naomi Hotchkiss are thrilled to see how this next level of sports will play out. 

Alumni Player Profile: Allison Klotz

Margo Hermann, Digital Media Editor // Published December 21, 2022
1997 Puyallup High School alumna Allison Klotz led her team as a second team all SPSL and an honor role player. Now, working as a physical therapist recruiting manager in Seattle, Klotz shares how volleyball has impacted her life and how she carries the lessons she learned with her.
(Left to right) Steve Gervais, Steve Ridgway and Doug Weese at a recent meetup. Photos curtesy of Doug Weese.

Friendship Formed at Puyallup High School

Maddy Weaver, Sports Editor // Published December 16, 2022
The basketball team of 1972 had just captured another SPSL Championship for the sixth consecutive year and the football team reclaimed the league title. But behind the bright yellow jerseys and the leather balls, there was something more, something deeper. 

Alumni Coach Profile: Tony Batinovich

Grant Huson, Staff // Published December 16, 2022
After 34 years of coaching girls volleyball and softball, former coach Tony Batinovich has discovered the key to making unforgettable memories and unbreakable bonds.  
Senior Finds Passion in Ice Hockey

Senior Finds Passion in Ice Hockey

Maddy Weaver, Sports Editor // Published November 29, 2022
Sports such as basketball, soccer, swimming, gymnastics are offered all over Washington state. But of all the common sports, senior Ripken Renner chose the physical sport of ice hockey.  

Player Profile: Ivy Vindivich

Margo Hermann, Assistant Sports Editor // Published November 29, 2022

A leader in her sport, Ivy Vindivich has been on the volleyball court for the last nine years, four of those with Puyallup High School. After a difficult season last year, girls volleyball saw there...

Player Profile: Shadrach Witham

Margo Hermann, Assistant Sports Editor // Published November 29, 2022
This November, Shadrach Witham went to State for cross country. As a senior, Witham leads his team as a captain and consistently ranks highly at cross country meets. But when Witham first joined the sport in his freshman year, he still had a long way to go until success.
Coach Mike Huard was head football coach for 17 seasons. During his tenure, the Vikings had 143 wins and 38 losses not to mention a 1987 state championship.

The Men… The Myths… The Legends…

Maddy Weaver and Margo Hermann // Published October 18, 2022
Legendary Puyallup football coach, Mike Huard, and new coach, Brian Grout, share the memories made, the lessons learned and how coaching a group of young men at the high school level becomes more than a job but a part of a legacy.
PHS water polo captain Luke Taylor throws the ball for his team. Water polo is really fun and I really love everyone on my team, Taylor said.

Player Profile: Luke Taylor

Margo Hermann, Staff // Published October 18, 2022
Every since elementary school, Luke Taylor has been swimming. Now, a senior, he leads boys water polo as a co-captain.
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