The Downey Legend

Surpassing Asthma: Christopher Benitez

Showcasing one of his many abilities, senior Christopher Benitez is a self-taught musician; apart from guitar, he also learned how to play the piano. “It was a really hard experience learning it all on my own,” Benitez stated. “But after awhile of learning the guitar it felt amazing because I was able to add more to what I was learning.”

Jessica Garcia, Photographer

December 14, 2018

Growing up in a well kept home, senior Christopher Benitez was also born with severe asthma. For the last eighteen years of his life, he has kept himself from doing things he has liked to do, participating in some of his interests like swim and water polo   Being diagnosed with severe as...

DHS Water Polo

DHS Water Polo

Jazmyn Contreras, Illustrator

November 28, 2018

Downey vs. Warren Spring Sports

Lizzy Martinez, Co-Business Manager

May 21, 2018

They have been waiting for this moment all season, practicing endless afternoons, pushing themselves until a new personal record is reached. Downey versus Warren week for spring sports is an annual tradition in which baseball, softball, swim, track, boys tennis, and boys volleyball go against the rival...

Winter Sports Coming to an End

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Lizzy Martinez, Co-Business Manager

February 26, 2018

Downey Highs’ winter sports season is coming to an end as spring slowly approaches. Although many sport’s season are closing, there are many sports who are playing in CIF playoffs. Spring sports will begin as early as March, and in the meantime winter sports play to become CIF champions in th...

Downey vs. Warren Girls Volleyball

Miranda Ramirez, Editor-In-Chief

October 20, 2017

Taking the match 3-1 girls volleyball beat Warren 26-24 during Warren’s Dig Pink game on Tuesday, Oct. 3. “I couldn't have done it without my team,” Janice Yi, 12, said. “We were losing by 24-22 and we needed one point to win. But then we brought it back with the help of Sarah Shaddox one of th...

Five Questions with Alex Perez

Five Questions with Alex Perez

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

October 4, 2013

A swimmer for Commerce Aquatics since the age of six, junior Alex Perez, is also a 5-time participant of the Junior Olympics.   Q1. What do you like most about water polo? A1. Just the teamwork and it’s a lot of fun, and you want to play a sport that you love.   Q2. How long...

Tis’ the season to fight, fight, fight!

At the Downey vs. Warren game on Jan.8, Maritza Acuna,11, goes for the ball before her opponent. Downey scored 1-0 in the second half of the game.

Hanna Suarez, Norma Flores, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor

January 15, 2013

“We got a lot of our hard work in,” senior defense Angie Aguilar said. “Our entire pre-season was leading up to this moment.”With last years CIF title still on their mind, the team strives for that same satisfaction. As for the girls on the basketball courts, they came up short in their fi...

A continuous momentum

A lose ball of a counter attack sends Olivia Aguirre, 11, Alex Perez, 10, and Meghan Nevarez, 12, to try to regain possession of the ball as they take on the Whittier High School Cardinals in the Downey Aquatics Center on Dec. 11. The lady vikes kept their winning strike, as the final score was 11-9.

Norma Flores, Sports Editor

December 21, 2012

After a third place win at the Los Altos tournament, the girls water polo team played against the Whittier High School Cardinals on Dec. 11 in the Downey Aquatics Center, at 3:00 p.m. The game began as each team lined up on opposite sides of the pool, and the sprinters raced for the first possession...

Fall sports take it all

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Joy Miley, 12, helps the varsity volleyball team score against Los Osos High School, in Rancho Cucamonga, during their second round of CIF. The Vikings lost 0-3 and did not make it to the third round of CIF.

Norma Flores, Sports Editor

November 15, 2012

Although the regular season has come to an end for fall sports, the various teams ability to excel has permitted them to move on to playoffs and have the opportunity to participate in the Southern California CIF in the first weeks of November.   It is no surprise that with two prior CIF titles...

The sweet taste of victory

After the end of the game, the Downey Vikings football players meet in the middle of the field to celebrate their win against Warren on Oct. 5. “Win or lose, when I’m doing Viking Pride, I sill feel proud to be a Viking,” Francisco Gomez, 12, said, “it’s all about brotherhood.”

Rodas Hailu and Brenda Lopez

October 27, 2012

As the school year commences, the Downey Vikings have successfully dominated their eternal enemy, the Warren Bears, in unprecedented wins in four fall season sports.   For as long as can be remembered, the Downey Vikings have had a bitter relationship with the Bears across town, always striving...

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