Sports Feature
Palacios, Ledesma exit in style, end DLSU Football’s seven-year title drought
by Danielle Erika Capule
Sports Feature UAAP 79 // May 9, 2017

Inna Palacios and Meryll Ledesma’s respective journeys with the prestigious DLSU Football program have come to an end. The co-captains left their mark by giving the team from Taft its first title in seven years while finishing UAAP Season 79 unbeaten. Throughout the whole competition, La Salle showcased its well fortified defense which included Ledesma…

Curtain call: Kim Fajardo puts storybook ending to hallowed UAAP career
by Gio Gloria
News Feature Sports Feature UAAP 79 // May 8, 2017

In her five years in the UAAP, Kim Fajardo has seen everything. She has been a part of the arguably the most popular generation of Lady Spikers, while also serving as the bridge between that group and the current crop of young stars led by the likes of libero Dawn Macandili, MVP (Most Valuable Player)…

Heart and perseverance: The resiliency of Desiree Cheng and Tin Tiamzon
by Patrick Quintero
Sports Feature UAAP 79 // May 7, 2017

“Mas gusto nila.” (They wanted it more.) Throughout the DLSU Lady Spikers’ championship run, DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus often resorted to this statement whenever asked about claiming victory over their opponents, referring to his players. He has instilled a sense of stubbornness and perseverance amongst the team, that every time they fall down, they…

Athlete Revisited: The life of a Lady Spiker
by Claro Ignacio Manzano
Athlete Revisited Sports Feature // May 6, 2017

For the sixth consecutive season, the DLSU Lady Spikers and rivals the ADMU Lady Eagles are squaring off in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Finals. In the light of another highly anticipated matchup between DLSU and ADMU, The LaSallian sought the opportunity to sit down with former Lady Spikers who represented La Salle during its early years…

Bounce back: Desiree Cheng helps La Salle snatch Game 1 from ADMU
by Gio Gloria
Sports Feature UAAP 79 // May 2, 2017

Game 1 of the UAAP Season 79 Volleyball Finals proved to be one of the most grueling games for the defending champions, the DLSU Lady Spikers, this season, more so for third-year player Desiree Cheng. Cheng’s jitters were apparent during the first two sets of the game, as her mistimed receptions and attacks surrendered crucial…

Weight Regulation: Making the cut in combat sports
by Danielle Erika Capule and Andrea Punzalan
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Maintaining an athlete’s physical build is one thing, but maintaining one’s weight is another. To most athletes, following a healthy diet is a preferable lifestyle but to others, following a strict diet is a must depending on their corresponding sport. Physical strength and mental toughness are just initial qualifications in joining sports as strict as…

The heightened ACL injury and its truths
by Jose Rafael Mendoza
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One of the most common and feared injuries sports injuries is the anterior cruciate ligament tear, or what is popularly termed as an ACL. A list of high profile athletes have suffered this injury, from NBA players in Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford to former Philippine Azkals defender Aly Borromeo, instrumentally affecting their careers. Among…

Behind the scenes of gameday with DLSU athletes
by Danielle Erika Capule and Marnellie Alegre
Sports Feature // May 1, 2017

Getting in the zone before game time can be different for everybody, may it be in sports, school, work, or even during lull periods. Being productive and reaching optimum concentration is a process that everyone experiences differently, and this is no foreign concept to Lasallian student athletes. Pre-game day rituals and routines are common among…

Smit and De Jesus: Making a difference beyond sports
by Patrick Quintero and Juro Morilla
Sports Feature // April 26, 2017

Behind every great player is a great coach, a person to show toughness and not sugarcoat anything when it comes to training. Players need to be pushed to the limit then loved, then pushed again in order to bring out the hunger inside of them, and coaches are there to ensure that their players reach…

Cheng, Tiamzon display fire and desire heading into final stretch
by Claro Ignacio Manzano and Patrick Quintero
Sports Feature UAAP 79 // April 24, 2017

For the ninth consecutive year, the DLSU Lady Spikers are once again on the way to the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Finals. They are just one step away from a championship repeat, but much has changed since winning it all last season. The gap left by the departure of key senior players proved to be larger…