Playoff season is in full swing! Athletes across numerous sports are setting personal and school records, while helping their teams earn spots in the CCS championships. Junior Niki Iyer is the reigning cross country champ, the football team finished the regular season with Harker’s best-ever record and various teams will compete in championship games this week. “Outstanding! My congratulations to all!” enthused Head of School Chris Nikoloff.
Here’s a look at the week ahead:
Niki Iyer, grade 11, won the girls varsity individual WBAL cross country crown for the second time in three years with a time of 17:48 at Crystal Springs – more than a full minute ahead of the second place finisher – making her the league champion! Another great performance was turned in by Alex Dellar, grade 12, who placed eighth out of 70-plus runners in the championships. The girls team qualified for the CCS Championships for the first time since 2008. That event will be held this Saturday at Crystal Springs. For the boys, sophomore Peter Connors led the way with his 25th place finish followed by senior Jack Rothschild in 29th, taking 2:30 off of his best course time. Over all, there were seven girls with personal bests and five boys. The girls team placed fifth in the meet; third overall in the league.
Football ended its regular season Friday with a 50-7 victory at Richmond. The squad’s 8-2 record is the best in Harker history, and earned the team Harker’s second-ever NCS playoff bid. The boys drew a first round game at Fortuna High (a six-hour bus ride) this Friday. Congratulations boys and good luck in the playoffs!
Girls volleyball earned a No. 3 seed in this week’s CCS tournament, granting them a bye straight to the quarterfinals! That game will be held at Harker on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of the King’s Academy/Santa Cruz match. Admission of $8 for adults and $4 for students will be charged at all CCS matches. We’ll see you there Saturday!
Girls tennis drew a No. 8 seed in the CCS team championship and our doubles team of freshman Pam Duke and sophomore Lizzie Schick drew a Harker-best No. 2 seed in the doubles championship. Freshman Liza Egorova is the first alternate in the singles bracket. The team gets to host a second round match at our home site, Santa Clara Tennis Center, Tuesday at 2 p.m. vs. the winner of Sacred Heart/St. Ignatius. Please come show your support.
The boys water polo team ended its season with a third place league finish as a result of its 16-8 victory over Fremont. The team ended with a 15-9 overall record. Excellent season boys! The girls ended with a victory as well – a 18-6 win over Milpitas. Senior captain Yasemin Narin led the charge with six goals. Freshman goalkeeper Lily Wancewicz excelled in the cage with 10 saves for the Eagles. It was a great way to finish out the season, way to go ladies!
Remember to send good thoughts to Katherine Zhu, grade 10, as she competes in the NorCal tournament today in Salinas.