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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Shun Graves

Shun Graves, Editor-in-Chief

Shun Graves serves as editor-in-chief and first joined The Blazer in 2019. He covers local government, transportation and Branson sports.

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Dylan Whisenant, who won a game award, hugs Celia Tolmie (14) after girls varsity volleyball won the Division I state championship, Nov. 18, 2022. The five-set title game, held in Orange County, concluded a historic season for the team.

Champs! Division I state title caps off historic volleyball season

November 19, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball triumphed in a nail-biting, five-set Division I state title game to conclude a historic season.
Outside hitter Sadie Snipes makes a shot at the Division I state championships in Orange County, Nov. 18, 2022.

[Photo] Live updates: Branson wins D-I state championship

November 18, 2022

Outside hitter Sadie Snipes makes a shot at the Division I state championships in Orange County, Nov. 18, 2022.

Girls varsity volleyball celebrates its three-set victory at the Division I NorCal final, Nov. 15, 2022. The team heads to Orange County for the state championship Friday.

Time for state: Branson clinches Division I NorCal title

November 15, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball will head to the Division I state championship after clinching the NorCal title.
Girls varsity volleyball celebrates a point during the second set against St. Mary’s, Nov. 15, 2022.

[Photo] Live updates: Branson wins Division I NorCal final

November 15, 2022

Girls varsity volleyball celebrates a point during the second set against St. Mary’s, Nov. 15, 2022.

Girls varsity volleyball marks a point against Marin Catholic, Nov. 12, 2022. Branson heads to the NorCal finals after defeating Marin Catholic at College of Marin.

Branson downs Marin Catholic, heads to NorCal finals

November 13, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball heads to the NorCal finals Tuesday for the first time since 2015 after defeating Marin Catholic.
Logan Tusher sets the ball as Branson faces Marin Catholic, Nov. 12, 2022.

[Photo] Live updates: Branson defeats Marin Catholic in NorCal showdown

November 12, 2022

Logan Tusher sets the ball as Branson faces Marin Catholic, Nov. 12, 2022.

Right hitter Eva Lacy jumps for a shot against Salinas, Nov. 10, 2022. Branson won the Division I NorCal game in three sets and will face Marin Catholic Saturday.

Branson notches another win in home roller coaster

November 10, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball coasted to an early lead over Salinas, but the NorCal opponent pushed a tight third set.
Setter Logan Tusher looks on as Branson faces Pitman at home, Nov. 8, 2022. Tusher contributed 14 digs as girls varsity volleyball won its first NorCal Division I game in three sets.

Offense makes splash as Branson advances in NorCals

November 8, 2022
Branson defeated Pitman in three sets. A creative offensive effort circumvented the middle attack of girls varsity volleyball’s first opponent in the Division I regional playoffs.
Outside hitter Sadie Snipes jumps for a hit against University, Nov. 5, 2022.

[Photo] Branson claims another NCS title in three-set win

November 5, 2022

Outside hitter Sadie Snipes jumps for a hit against University, Nov. 5, 2022.

Archie Williams’ Elsa Snipes jumps for a shot as Branson’s Sadie Snipes, right, seeks to block. Branson won the Nov. 2, 2022, girls varsity volleyball game in three sets.

In NCS semifinal, Snipes sisters face each other for final time

November 2, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball’s NCS victory against Archie Williams marked the last time the Bulls’ Sadie Snipes faced Elsa Snipes on the other side of the court.
Maura Vaughn, Branson’s theater director. The fall musical premieres Nov. 10.

[Photo] Preview of ‘Legally Blonde’: A conversation with Maura Vaughn

November 1, 2022

Maura Vaughn, Branson’s theater director. The fall musical premieres Nov. 10.

Calistoga readies for a snap during Branson’s homecoming game, Oct. 29, 2022. The Bulls defeated Calistoga 42-12.

Photos: Football defeats Calistoga at homecoming

October 31, 2022
Branson football soundly defeated Calistoga at home 42-12 as the calendar nears the playoffs.
Frances Dillon high-fives the brand-new bull mascot in October. She assumed the interim athletics director post this year.

[Photo] Director position marks return to a ‘first love’ for Dillon

October 29, 2022

Frances Dillon high-fives the brand-new bull mascot in October. She assumed the interim athletics director post this year.

Girls varsity volleyball huddles during the second set against Sonoma Valley, Oct. 29, 2022. Branson quickly won its NCS quarterfinal in three sets.

Quick victory begins volleyball’s NCS run

October 29, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball quickly won its NCS quarterfinal in three sets after a first-round bye.
Freshmen work in the commons in October. The school’s biggest freshman class ever has branched out, trying different activities.

[Photo] Freshmen on first month at Branson: ‘Really good’

October 24, 2022

Freshmen work in the commons in October. The school’s biggest freshman class ever has branched out, trying different activities.

Girls varsity volleyball celebrates its MCAL pennant after winning the league final against Redwood, Oct. 21, 2022. Branson avenged an earlier loss to claim the title in three sets.

‘So emotional’: Branson volleyball wins MCAL title

October 21, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball defeated Redwood in three sets, claiming the MCAL championship title.
Girls varsity volleyball huddles before the MCAL championship game against Redwood, Oct. 21, 2022.

Live updates: Branson defeats Redwood in MCAL final

October 21, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball defeated Redwood to win the MCAL championship.
Logan Tusher serves the ball during girls varsity volleyball’s game against Marin Catholic, Oct. 19, 2022. Branson defeated the MCAL rival in four sets.

Historic day as Branson defeats Marin Catholic

October 19, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball defeated Marin Catholic in four sets, marking a historic win as the team advances to the MCAL finals.
Logan Tusher serves the ball during the girls varsity volleyball game at Redwood, Oct. 14, 2022. Branson faced a four-set defeat but showed some offensive and defensive strengths.

Redwood defeats Bulls in tough four-set game

October 14, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball faced a four-set defeat at Redwood, but highlights included Elena Fisher’s double-double.
The Branson crowd cheers during the first set of the girls varsity volleyball game against Redwood, Oct. 14, 2022.

[Photo] Live updates: Redwood defeats Branson in tight game

October 14, 2022

The Branson crowd cheers during the first set of the girls varsity volleyball game against Redwood, Oct. 14, 2022.

Girls junior varsity volleyball team faces Redwood in Larkspur, Oct. 14, 2022. A tight second set nearly forced a third set.

Nail-biting second set concludes JV season

October 14, 2022
Girls junior varsity volleyball nearly forced a third set but ultimately faced defeat at Redwood.
Eva Lacy, a senior, serves the ball against San Rafael at home, Oct. 12, 2022. Senior night ended with a decisive win against the MCAL opponent.

Big day for seniors ends with big win

October 12, 2022
San Rafael faced a three-set defeat at the hands of Branson girls varsity volleyball, which marked senior night.
Girls junior varsity huddles during its home game against San Rafael, Oct. 12, 2022. The team quickly defeated San Rafael in two sets.

Win streak extended as JV defeats San Rafael

October 12, 2022
Girls junior varsity volleyball soundly defeated San Rafael at home in two sets.
Girls varsity volleyball gathers during its game against St. Ignatius, Oct. 8, 2022 in Stockton. The team faced four different teams during this year’s Varsity Stockton Classic.

Bulls face foes old and new at Stockton tourney

October 8, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball faced some familiar foes, as well as new ones, at the Varsity Stockton Classic.
Branson girls junior varsity volleyball huddles during its home game against Tamalpais, Oct. 7, 2022. The team won the game in three sets.

JV pulls ahead in another three-set game

October 7, 2022
Girls junior varsity volleyball ultimately defeated Tamalpais after a roller-coaster, three-set home game.
Anna Palfy and Elena Fisher during Branson’s home game against Tamalpais, Oct. 7, 2022. The Bulls won the game in three sets.

Branson pulls another win despite third-set scare

October 7, 2022
Though Tamalpais attempted to push the girls varsity volleyball game to four sets, Branson finally pulled ahead.
Eva Lacy jumps for a shot against San Marin, Sept. 30, 2022. In perhaps its swiftest victory this season, Branson girls varsity volleyball soundly defeated San Marin.

Varsity routs San Marin in swiftest victory yet

September 30, 2022
A 20-point lead in the second set underscored how quickly girls varsity volleyball defeated San Marin.
Girls junior varsity volleyball faces San Marin in Novato, Sept. 30. 2022. The game marked both the latest win and first three-set game this season for the team.

JV defeats San Marin in first three-set game

September 30, 2022
On the road, girls junior varsity volleyball defeated San Marin in three sets.
Sadie Snipes, fourth from left, faced her sister on the court Sept. 23, 2022. Branson won the home game against Archie Williams in three sets.

Snipes sisters on rivalry: Support, not beef

September 23, 2022
A home victory by girls varsity volleyball pitted Branson’s Sadie Snipes against Archie Williams’ Elsa Snipes.
The girls junior varsity volleyball team gathers during its victory against Archie Williams, Sept. 23, 2022. The win at home marked the second one that week.

Another win for JV in home game against Archie Williams

September 23, 2022
A two-set game at home against Archie Williams marked another victory for girls junior varsity volleyball.
Celia Tolmie sets the ball during Branson’s home game against Novato, Sept. 21, 2022. Girls varsity volleyball defeated the MCAL foe by double digits every set.

Novato takes shellacking at hands of Bulls

September 21, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball won every set by double digits against Novato at home.
Girls junior varsity volleyball faces Novato at home, Sept. 21, 2022. The team defeated Novato in two sets.

JV defeats Novato in thriller at Branson

September 21, 2022
A two-set spectacle at home overwhelmed Novato’s faltering defense.
Lauren Dignan and Anna Palfy dive for the ball during the Sept. 20 game at Marin Catholic. The game marked the first five-set game of the season.

Five-set nail-biter ends in Branson defeat

September 20, 2022
In the first five-set game of this season, Branson and Marin Catholic battled until the last two points.
Eva Lacy jumps for a shot against Marin Catholic, Sept. 20, 2022. Branson girls varsity volleyball faces the school in Kentfield for its second league game this season.

Live updates: Branson falls to Marin Catholic in five sets

September 20, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball faced league foe Marin Catholic in Kentfield.
Girls junior varsity volleyball plays against Marin Catholic in Kentfield, Sept. 20, 2022. Branson’s JV team fell to Marin Catholic.

JV falls to Marin Catholic in two-set away game

September 20, 2022
Girls junior varsity volleyball faced a defeat at Marin Catholic Sept. 20.
Branson girls varsity volleyball celebrates its three-set win against Terra Linda, Sept. 14, 2022. The team now heads to Las Vegas for a tournament.

Blowout win marks varsity’s first league game

September 14, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball swiftly defeated Terra Linda, its first MCAL foe this season.
Libero Dylan Whisenant serves the ball in her court debut for Branson at Terra Linda, Sept. 14, 2022.

[Photo] Live updates: Varsity defeats Terra Linda in first league game

September 14, 2022

Libero Dylan Whisenant serves the ball in her court debut for Branson at Terra Linda, Sept. 14, 2022.

Girls junior varsity volleyball faces Terra Linda, Sept. 14, 2022.

Late rebound not enough for JV at Terra Linda

September 14, 2022
A string of points late during the game at Terra Linda failed to avert a defeat.
Sadie Snipes strikes the ball at a home game against Saint Francis, Sept. 10, 2022.

Varsity falls to Saint Francis in final non-league game

September 10, 2022
The team begins league play next week after the defeat Saturday.
Branson libero Lauren Dignan dives for the ball. The Sept. 10 game ended in a loss to Archbishop Mitty, but showed some growing strengths of the girls varsity volleyball team.

Mitty defeats Bulls varsity volleyball in tight 4-set rematch

September 10, 2022
A strong first set gave way to a close play-by-play defeat against Archbishop Mitty.
Elena Fisher faces Monte Vista players in Danville, Sept. 2. Branson’s first loss this season highlighted points for improvement, coach Michelle Brazil said.

Branson falls short in road loss to Monte Vista

September 2, 2022
A tough attack by Monte Vista tested Branson’s girls varsity volleyball team.
A kill by Eva Lacy against Monte Vista in Danville, Sept. 2. An energized offense pulled ahead of Monte Vista during the second set.

[Photo] Live updates: Bulls face road loss to Monte Vista

September 2, 2022

A kill by Eva Lacy against Monte Vista in Danville, Sept. 2. An energized offense pulled ahead of Monte Vista during the second set.

Girls junior varsity volleyball faces Monte Vista in Danville Sept. 2. The team faced a mixed week.

[Photo] Mixed week concludes for growing girls JV volleyball team

September 2, 2022

Girls junior varsity volleyball faces Monte Vista in Danville Sept. 2. The team faced a mixed week.

Sadie Snipes hits the ball in the Bulls’ home-opener victory against Marin Academy on Sept. 1. Girls varsity volleyball heads to Danville Friday.

Varsity sharpens defense in 3-set victory against MA

September 1, 2022
After a slow start, the girls varsity volleyball team defeated Marin Academy.
Freshmen play a game of dodgeball Friday, Aug. 26.

[Photo] Excitement as Branson’s biggest freshman class takes first steps

August 26, 2022

Freshmen play a game of dodgeball Friday, Aug. 26.

Todd Bickel serves as Branson’s new transportation director.

New role, new office: Transportation head dives into traffic tumult

August 25, 2022
Todd Bickel, once an elementary school principal, must grapple with the traffic issues arising from growing enrollment.
Girls varsity volleyball celebrates its season opener win in Oakland, Aug. 25.

Sweet start to season for varsity volleyball

August 25, 2022
Girls varsity volleyball looks to build on its opener win in Oakland.
Girls varsity volleyball celebrates its season opener victory in Oakland.

[Photo] Live updates: Varsity defeats O’Dowd in season opener

August 25, 2022

Girls varsity volleyball celebrates its season opener victory in Oakland.

Vans sit in the Corporation Yard in June 2022. Branson has sought to expand its van fleet to shuttle students from off-campus locations.

[Photo] New traffic restrictions face students amid enrollment growth

June 14, 2022

Vans sit in the Corporation Yard in June 2022. Branson has sought to expand its van fleet to shuttle students from off-campus locations.

The Branson boys lacrosse team plays against Marin Academy, April 6, 2022, in a game that ended in a loss. The team has concluded a season marred by injuries but also marked by skill and rapport.

[Photo] Boys lacrosse team wraps up after NCS title effort

May 16, 2022

The Branson boys lacrosse team plays against Marin Academy, April 6, 2022, in a game that ended in a loss. The team has concluded a season marred by injuries but also marked by skill and rapport.

A “Beach for President” sign in January 2022. Councilman Beach Kuhl became an overnight sensation after a Town Council meeting that month.

The Kuhl way: Ross councilman reflects on Branson’s growth

April 11, 2022
He pushed for approval of Branson’s growth. Now, Beach Kuhl reveals why.
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